Faith After Doubt

Thursdays at 6:33pm

via Zoom


Former pastor Brian McLaren asks Christians to contemplate what faith might look like “on the other side of doubt” in this smart rumination. Written for those wrestling with aspects of the Bible or their church culture that they don’t agree with, McLaren’s work introduces doubt as a companion to faith, a “tough but effective teacher and a difficult but faithful friend.” He uses personal stories to show how doubt can lead to breakthroughs in one’s faith, such as describing his experiences in pastoral care while protesting opposite other Christians, who felt no doubt about their racial antagonism, at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va.: “We need radical change flowing from a new set of values and deeper spiritual narratives… only doubt will open a doorway out of hostile orthodoxies—whether religious, cultural, economic, or political.” Prompts for “Reflection and Action” are also included at the end of each chapter: “How would you describe the differences among certainty, uncertainty, and faith?” or “Respond to the statement: Doubt is necessary, but not sufficient.” McLaren’s persuasive argument for doubt as a means to save one’s spirituality and rescue religion at-large might turn off evangelicals, but it will appeal to questioning Christians.



We're excited to annnounce that Brian will join us for one of our meetings.




The reading assignment for this week is:

  • Permission to Doubt Preface/Introduction
  • Doubt as Loss, Doubt as Loneliness (1 – 2)




The reading assignment for this week is:

  • Doubt as Crisis, Doubt as Doorway (3-4)
  • Doubt as Growth (5)




The reading assignment for this week is:

  • Doubt as Descent and Dissent (6-7)
  • Doubt as Love, a Human Problem (8-9)




The reading assignment for this week is:

  •  Doubt, Beliefs, Revolutionary Love (10

  • Communities of Harmony (11)



The reading assignment for this week is:

  • Theologies of Harmony (12)

  • Spiritualities of Harmony for the Rising Generation (13)

Week 6

The reading assignment for this week is:

  • Harmony as a Survival Strategy, A Civilization in Doubt (14-15)

  • Before Simplicity, Spirituality Through the Stages (Appendices)