3. Legitimate doubt is prohibited.
Honestly, I simply agree with this criticism. It is very difficult to have an honest conversation in many churches today.
In many conservative churches, legitimate questions get dismissed with pat—and often trite—answers.
In many liberal churches, there is often so much ambiguity that questions that actually can be answered are left unresolved—as if leaders were taking people nowhere.
Church leaders today simply have to get better with handling the tension that comes with questions.
At Connexus, where I serve, we’re heading into a nine-part series called Skeptics Wanted, where we’ve actually invited people to ask their toughest questions about Christianity. I’ll certainly present some strong evidence for why the Christian faith makes sense, but rather than trying to ‘slam dunk’ every argument with Christian evidence, we want the series to be an invitation into a deeper dialogue.
(You can subscribe for free to the videocast of the series here. The series launches April 6, 2014)