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Is as strong as it is certain In fact he makes the case that doubt can enhance faith and that seeking certainty is harming many in today's church Readers who wrestle with their faith will welcome Boyd's message that experiencing a life transforming relati. Doubt for many christians has become a bad word Many in fact are told not to let any doubt enter their minds Worse yet they are told not to speak any doubting words While some say not to even mention a doubtful word Boyd has written a book about the positive effect that doubt can play in our lives How can we have such opposing views on doubt and faith Boyd argues and it is his main thesis that there are two very different ways of understanding our faith in God we will either view our faith as contractual or covenantal He shows that how we read and understand the bible will be determined by which of these two understands of faith we have Biblical faith as Boyd shows is covenantalOne of the things that I love about this book is that it is that while it shows that faith as simply a mental conviction that something is true can actually be idolatrous it doesn t make an idol out of doubt either I read somewhere that modern people were like architects who believed that they were building the perfect building Post modern people on the other hand are like archeologists who are examining ruins without any attempt to rebuild Boyd in no way holds up doubt and skepticism as trophies He simply points out that they are a natural part of our faith journey and that it is better to be honest with our doubts before God than to pretend that we don t have any Why Because that is what covenant is all about relationship If faith is about deepening our relationship with God than let s bring our doubts out in the open deal with them Better to limp than to have never wrestled As I read this book I found my heart strangely warmed Is it ironic that a book about doubt helped build up my faith I don t think so because while Boyd is a theologian he is also a pastor and while I enjoyed reading Boyd s arguments I also found his writing very pastoral Boyd makes some strong statements but he is not in your face His writing is both compelling and compassionate and perhaps than on any topic both of these are needed when dealing with people s faithThis is a book I would love to get into students hands and heads before they graduate from High School Their parents could probably use a copy tooI received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley

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Benefit of the Doubt

Onship with Christ is possible even with unresolved uestions about the Bible theology and ethics Boyd shares stories of his own painful journey and stories of those to whom he has ministered with a poignant honesty that will resonate with readers of all ag. Faith is sometimes contrasted with the reality of doubt We believe we ought to believe uestions and skepticism sometimes make us feel like we don t believe enough If we could simply believe wouldn t our prayers be powerful Wouldn t we see God do incredible things If mustard seed faith can move mountains how much our mountain of true beliefBut Greg Boyd argues that it doesn t work that way We are not saved by our certainty we are saved by Christ and his cross If we make certainty our goal we will never struggle through the uestions and grow in our confidence in Jesus Through out this book Boyd uses the illustration of marriage and marriage vows People with good marriages don t trust the strength of their original marriage vows Nor do they enter a marriage with anything like certainty about the future Nope marriage just reuires enough trust to act on it Similarly we don t need to be certain about every aspect of our faith or spiritual life we only need to have enough trust and Jesus that we will act on his behalf Faith is covenantal It is relational It is something we do something with Boyd shares his own journey with doubt and faith his past struggle with sin his awakening to the reality of grace his wrestling with difficult passages and his rebuttal of the certainty proof texts Good book First book I read on my Kindle Paperwhite

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In Benefit of the Doubt influential theologian pastor and bestselling author Gregory Boyd invites readers to embrace a faith that doesn't strive for certainty but rather for commitment in the midst of uncertainty Boyd rejects the idea that a person's faith. Great read perspectiveI love how Boyd explains what faith truly is as found in the New Testament We fInd that it has much to do with trust in Christ materialized by life transformation than it has to do with the certainty of things The one thing we must be certain about is Christ and him crucified


10 thoughts on “Benefit of the Doubt

  1. says:

    In his new book Benefit of the Doubt Greg Boyd seeks to show the reader the difference between Biblical faith and Certainty Seeking faith which at its core is idolatry Boyd argues strongly against the model of faith that says “the psychologically certain you are the stronger your faith is In this conception of faith therefore doub

  2. says:

    This is one of several books on doubt and christianity that has come out in the last couple years a few others Barnapas piper help my unbelief Pete Enns The sin of certainty I think this was a good book but not a great book To be honest I think people would be better off listening to the house of cards sermon series that Greg preaches to le

  3. says:

    Great read perspectiveI love how Boyd explains what faith truly is as found in the New Testament We fInd that it has much to do with trust in Christ materialized by life transformation than it has to do with the certainty of things The one thing we must be certain about is Christ and him crucified

  4. says:

    I read a lot of books but this might be the first book I've read where I found myself thinking that this is the sort of book I'd want to write I felt like Greg was at times writing out my own thoughts If you've ever struggled with doubt or just felt like you aren't a good Christian because you don't feel as certain as others around you appear to this book is for you Greg writes both as a brilliant scholar and as a real person w

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    Doubt for many christians has become a bad word Many in fact are told not to let any doubt enter their minds Wor

  6. says:

    Every book I have read by Greg Boyd has impacted my life and my faith in ways I never expected always drawing me closer to Jesus Greg

  7. says:

    I really enjoyed this book though I'm not sure I'd recommend it to just anyone Parts of it were easy to read but parts of it reuired a little effort For me the effort was worth itA lot of us have been given a flavor of Christianity that comes with a lot of baggage And some of us have been told it's a package deal Either you believe all of it or none of it And so unfortunately lots of people choose none of itGre

  8. says:

    Faith is sometimes contrasted with the reality of doubt We believe we ought to believe uestions and skepticism sometimes make us feel like we don't believe enough If we could simply believe wouldn't our prayers be powerful? Wouldn't we see God do incredible things? If mustard seed faith can move mountains how much our mou

  9. says:

    I have always been naturally inuisitive Even as a little kid I grilled my parents with uestions about providence f

  10. says:

    Every once in awhile I need a shot of Greg Boyd and Woodland Hills to remind me how loving God is and how muddied the message gets in the kingdom of the world This book follows in the tradition of his others in t

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