Posts in the Sermon Prep: Doubt series
Here’s the audio from today’s message (not sure if the audio player is working, so I’ll just put a download link.
If you don’t want to listen to the whole thing, here’s the outline:
- Descartes was awesome, but misguided.
- The world has embraced Descartes’ definitions for “know”, “believe”, “rational”, and “faith”.
- The church, too, has embraced Descartes skepticism, albeit with differing results.
- Some try to meet the evidential standard, by mustering evidence to prove the tenets of faith beyond all doubt. The Christian Apologetics movement is a result of this impulse.
- Some concede that the standard of rational certainty can never be met, and allow skeptics to define faith as irrational. This also allows them the freedom to ignore any logical impediments presented by new scientific evidence, challenging passages of scripture, and to uncritically accept everything received by tradition.
- Both reactions are wrong, because they concede Descartes’ definitions.
- Faith is not irrational, and it is not the opposite of doubt.
- Faith is the commitment to something as true, on the basis of good evidence, but where certainty is impossible.
- Indiana Jones is awesome, except for the last movie.
- We don’t have to fear doubt. Everyone doubts. Everyone from Hebrews 11, everyone in church history, even me, even Mother Teresa.
- Three things we should do when we doubt.
- Keep worshiping (Matthew 28:17)
- Keep fellowship (John 20:26)
- Keep reading (John 20:31)
- These are all acts of faith. They are not irrational, they are not certainty, they are faith.
If you want the full experience (minus the actual experience!), you can download everything here:
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