“Doubting on your part does not constitute a crisis of faith on mine.”

By | June 10, 2012

This from Carl Trueman, a man I hold in high esteem:

“Over the last few years I have read dozens of pieces that tell me that it is no longer possible to believe in the historical Adam, in the Pentateuchal narratives, in a Christological reading of the Old Testament, in the Incarnation, in the resurrection, in biblical sexual ethics, and in hell; that, in doing so, I am acting irrationally and am engaged in a desperate quest for certainty. At times such sentiments sadden me; at other times they irritate. A desperate, irrational quest for certainty? How I wish that I might not be certain about a number of those things, given that they fly in the face of my socially liberal instincts.

My response to these criticisms varies depending upon the specific doctrine at issue but I would like to offer one general reply to those who write and email such. I am sorry that you have doubts; I am sorry that your Christian parents or schoolteachers screwed you up with their bad teaching; I am sorry that you can no longer believe the simple catechetical faith that you were once taught; I am sorry that the Bible seems like little more than a confused mish-mash of contradictory myths and endlessly deferred meaning. But that you struggle with doubts does not mean that those who do not struggle in the same way are simply weak-minded, in denial or bare-faced liars. Nor, more importantly, does the mere fact that you have doubts mean that those doubts are necessarily legitimate and well-grounded. Doubting on your part does not constitute a crisis of faith on mine.”

-Carl Trueman



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I am not a fan of Trueman due to his inability to come clean and honest with his part in proclaiming Mahaney fit for ministry. It’s not like there wasn’t information out there at that time to question. I think he was being a Reformed soldier following orders he now regrets but won’t explain.

As to the quote, there are decent Christ following scholars who believe it is ok to question traditional church state interpretations. Is it really wrong to view Genesis as an ancient creation narrative but not necessarily literal? Can we not question the concept of hell and how it is presented in scripture which is very confusing? Is Trueman a theological scholar or a reformed foot soldier, still? Why is having doubt so bad? Does it not often spur us on to seek truth?

Of course, I am free will all the way and think we glean much more in depth understanding studying Jewish scholars instead of Calvin who systemized Augustine thoughts. And Augustine is notorious for merging Mani with Christianity, thus the sad dualistic interpretation of Genesis and “original sin”.

He always comes off so condescending and elitist for a guy in his position. But he seems to be all the rage these days., for some reason.