Questions About Doubt

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.


Lessons from My Father: Doubt

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?

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The Benham Brothers. They’ve Been There

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-10-35-46-amIf you’re unfamiliar with this story, you can read about it here (BuzzFeed’s hit piece on Chip and Joanna Gaines is dangerous). The website BuzzFeed ran a hit-piece on Chip and Joanna Gaines because they attend a church with traditional teaching on gay “marriage” and apparently BuzzFeed doesn’t think people who attend such a church should have jobs hosting television shows. The Benham Brothers have experienced this kind of thing themselves. Watch their video and you can read their story written up in Salvo a little while back.

Twins Speak
Jason & David Benham Drew Fire Because of Love
by Terrell Clemmons

Is she running for president of the Evolution Society?

From Huffington Post:

Husband Of Trump’s Education Secretary Once Promoted Intelligent Design In Schools
In 2006, Dick DeVos thought Michigan students should be exposed to “more ideas.”

In the new issue of Salvo Denyse O’Leary writes

. . . It’s a curious feature of U.S. politics, as seen from Canada, that American media—in the face of serious science-related problems like totalitarian nations having access to plutonium—continue to obsess about what Republican politicians believe about evolution. They do not seem to grasp that the remote past may not matter much if the next two weeks prove to be an apocalyptic horror.

One day, years ago, a Canadian political maven turned to me and asked (with respect to a different campaign), “Who cares how old that guy thinks Earth is? Why [does it matter]?” Was he running for president of the Evolution Society?

Who cares indeed? Having thought about the subject for some years, I think I can offer a partial answer: the traditional big media care about it—but pretty much no one else does. That fact helps account for their accelerating collapse. . . .

Denyse’s article was written right before Mr. Trump was elected to be the next president. You can read the entire article here [Evo-Elitism: Darwinism’s Missing Link to Civil Liberties] or wait for the issue to come to your mailbox (ships next week). Subscribe today!

Breaking Down Courage: A Review of Hacksaw Ridge


by Salvo executive editor, James Kushiner:

HACKSAW RIDGE, the first movie directed by Mel Gibson in ten years, depicts the true story of Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector soldier who refused to carry a gun yet was awarded the Medal of Honor, the U.S.’s highest military honor, “for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.” Doss, a Seventh Day Adventist, entrusted his life to God on the battlefield as a U.S. Army medic at Okinawa in May 1945 and personally saved the lives of an estimated 75 of his comrades while under fire. He was wounded and went on permanent disability after the war.

I’ve never seen a more compelling portrait of the unbreakable meekness that will inherit the earth:  moral courage under fire sustained by faith and humility. There is beauty, grace, and pathos here to behold, and together they speak to our ultimate human questions. . . .

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