Here’s a short interview with respected Christian apologist, evangelist, and writer Josh McDowell–conducted by his son, Sean McDowell, who is a respected apologist by his own right. Sean has been a contributor to Salvo recently, focusing on College issues.
SEAN: Dad, do you ever have doubts about your faith? If so, what kinds?
JOSH: Yes, I’ve had doubts. I think that if you don’t doubt, you don’t grow. If you don’t doubt, you don’t learn. Because as Christians, we should constantly be learning new things all the time, then doubt can be a good thing. Yet every time we learn new things, new questions and challenges arise that we may not be able to answer. And some of these doubts tie directly to our walk with Christ. Our posture should like the man who came to Jesus and said, “I believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24). We grow when we seek truth amidst doubt.
SEAN: How do you personally handle when you have doubts and questions?
JOSH: It really depends on what kind of doubt it is. People can doubt different kinds of doubts—apologetic, theological, moral and other. For me, I try to ask myself why I have the doubt. Have I done enough homework on this subject? Have I really studied the topic and come to an informed, balanced understanding? And second, I go to Scripture. Scripture can answer roughly 50% of my doubts. For the other issues, I might go to William Lane Craig, Ravi Zacharias, and other apologists. Personally speaking, I always go to my wife Dottie. She’s probably my greatest help.
SEAN: What are some poor ways people handle doubt?