Benefit of the DoubtMarch 01, 2014
I recently read Benefit of the Doubt: Breaking the Idol of Certainty by Gregory Boyd. A good book on an important topic, I hope many Christians will carefully consider Boyd's arguments. The key thesis guiding his work is that doubt is not bad. Rather than viewing doubt as the opposite of faith, he instead demonstrates how doubt is an integral part of faith (and that certainty is actually the opposite of faith). At times the book seemed a bit tedious and repetitive, but perhaps that is because I already agreed with Boyd's primary argument. I have also enjoyed other books by Boyd, such as The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church
and The Myth of a Christian Religion: Losing Your Religion for the Beauty of a Revolution. Like those work, Benefit of the Doubt challenges and educates readers as Boyd critiques prevailing ideas in U.S. Christianity. This book should spark some good discussions in small groups and Sunday School classes. Give the book the benefit of the doubt and read it!