Yes, It’s Possible to Doubt Toward Faith
by J Warner Wallace
I love Bobby Conway. I just wanted to say that up front before I tell you about his important new book. I love Bobby’s heart, his “perfect imperfection”, his humility and his transparency. I also love that he’s one of the few full-time pastors in the country who is also an accomplished Christian Case Maker. Bobby gets it. He’s both the pastor of Life Fellowship Church in Huntersville, North Carolina and the face of the One Minute Apologist video series. Bobby has been shepherding a smart, apologetically engaged church for some time now, but he will be quick to tell you that, even as the informed leader of this community, he’s not immune to doubt. Bobby is an excellent example: Even those who are fully aware of the strength of the case for Christianity are sometimes susceptible to questioning.
And that’s OK.
Bobby Conway has written a valuable book addressing this important issue. Doubting Toward Faith: The Journey to Confident Christianity is powerful because it’s incredibly thoughtful and honest. Bobby writes with the heart of a pastor and the mind of an apologist, and for this reason I want to commend the book to my readers. If you’re a fan of ColdCaseChristianity.com, you may be interested in Christian Case Making because you’re working through your own doubt. If this is the case, you’ll find Bobby’s book a blessing.
Bobby will help you think clearly about your own struggles. He acknowledges the troubling nature of doubt, but offers an insightful bit of encouragement: “…doubt is so disturbing. It splits the mind. Contrary to popular belief, intellectual doubt is not the opposite of faith; unbelief is. Doubt is in between, seesawing and dangling in the middle. Yet, make no mistake. Doubt never stays put. It’s not neutral. It makes up its mind. It’s directional. It’s going somewhere. This means a person will either doubt toward unbelief or they will doubt toward faith.” So how can we channel the directional nature of doubt? That’s what Bobby’s book is all about.
One of the best aspects of Bobby’s book is found in Chapters Four and Five where he lists a number of “Doubt Triggers”. I don’t want to give away the farm here, but these two chapters are worth the price of admission for me, as they seem to capture the source of doubt for most of us. Here’s Bobby’s list of triggers; see if any of these have been the culprit in your own battles with doubt…
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