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Travis Dickinson: How To Make Your Church Safe for Christians Who Doubt

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Dr. Travis Dickinson is Professor of Philosophy at Dallas Baptist University and a regular contributor for the Christian Research Journal. He is the author of several books, including “Logic and the Way of Jesus: Thinking Critically and Christianly.” His latest is, “Wandering Toward God: Finding Faith Amid Doubts and Big Questions,” which was chosen by Outreach Magazine as the 2023 apologetics resource of the year.

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Key Questions for Travis Dickinson 

-Tell us a little bit about your background with Christianity and when you first questioned your faith.

-How would you encourage church leaders to walk through their own doubt and be supportive guides to people who are doubting?

-What do you make of the Christian leaders and influencers who have been deconstructing?

-What is the relationship between faith, doubt and unbelief? Can we have certainty that Christianity is true?

Key Quotes From Travis Dickinson 

“One thing that I think is important to mention is that I sincerely believed….but I didn’t believe because I had found it to be true.”

“I found truth and it caused my faith to grow. And that’s kind of the irony, is that the very thing that I think we’re scared of when it comes to doubts and questions…led me to truth and a greater faith.”

“I really dove into the other religious traditions too, and was trying to find, where are their equivalent to our apologetics departments?…and honestly couldn’t really find them.”

“The thing that we always have to keep in mind is that the pursuit here is the pursuit of a person. It’s not a pursuit of a system or a doctrine or even an intellectual belief. It’s the pursuit of God.”

“If [people] are doubting [their] faith, wouldn’t we want people to come to the church in order to find their answers, rather than Google or some other source like that?”

“I think that’s crucial for a pastor to make reference to the fact that he has, you know, walked this journey, too, and struggled here and there.”