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How Can I Believe When I Have So Many Doubts?

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"It's okay to doubt."

With these opening words of his introduction, Michael Babcock draws in skeptics and believers alike with the comforting assurance that their questions do not disqualify them from faith. Rather, he asserts, doubt is essential to faith because our doubts drive us to God.

Readers will instantly relate to Babcock's personal, casual tone as he deftly leads them on a journey between two dangerous extremes. On one side, he cautions readers against a fundamentalist...

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Overview

"It's okay to doubt."

With these opening words of his introduction, Michael Babcock draws in skeptics and believers alike with the comforting assurance that their questions do not disqualify them from faith. Rather, he asserts, doubt is essential to faith because our doubts drive us to God.

Readers will instantly relate to Babcock's personal, casual tone as he deftly leads them on a journey between two dangerous extremes. On one side, he cautions readers against a fundamentalist attempt to wipe doubt away. On the other side, he guards against a contemporary tendency to make doubt a badge of honor.

Penetrating insights into Bible stories and characters provide a solid scriptural foundation as Babcock describes doubt as a natural part of the human condition. Babcock leads readers to a wonderful conclusion: The only answer to doubt is an encounter with the living God.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736930734
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael A. Babcock, PhD, teaches at Liberty University and is a popular speaker at conferences across the United States. He is the author of UnChristian America and The Night Attila Died.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction 11

Part 1 Why We Doubt

Chapter 1 Plain Ordinary 17

We'll never stop asking questions because doubt is a normal part of our lives.

Chapter 2 The River of Doubt 29

Doubt is necessary and even useful as we ask questions about ourselves, others, and the world.

Chapter 3 In Herod's Prison 43

We can doubt without sinning as long as our doubts bring us back to Christ.

Chapter 4 The Boy with the Cigarette 55

Doubt is a lot like temptation and should be faced by following Jesus' example.

Chapter 5 Asaph's Story 71

We can stop stumbling over doubt and plant our feet again in a stronger, more settled faith.

Chapter 6 Windows in Heaven 85

There are good reasons to believe even when our minds can't fully understand.

Chapter 7 A Foot in Both Worlds 101

When we see God's hand in the world around us, we're already halfway to faith.

Part 2 How We Believe

Chapter 8 Under a Fig Tree 115

Faith responds to the smallest hints of God's goodness in the world and in the Word.

Chapter 9 First Things First 127

Genuine faith rests on a foundation of first principles-the belief that God is real and good.

Chapter 10 The Mainspring of Life 143

Faith is God's central power source for salvation and the Christian life.

Chapter 11 How Faith Is Built 155

Faith is always nurtured and expressed within the community of believers, the church.

Chapter 12 Simplified by Faith 169

Faith cuts through the clutter of failure to simplify our lives before God and others.

Chapter 13 A Cloud of Witnesses 183

We are spurred on to faith by the examples of believers who have gone before us.

Chapter 14 The End of the Line 195

Faith will come to a perfect end someday when we see Christ face-to-face.

Endnotes 205

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