The True Causes and Purposes of Religious Doubt (Matthew LaPine)

For many people, the stress of the pandemic has amplified what would otherwise be small tensions and concerns. This tensions can eventually cause or manifest as creeping religious doubt, which may be interpreted, rightly or wrongly, as a sign of a larger underlying spiritual problem.

Dr. Matthew A. LaPine, pastor of Theological Development at Cornerstone Church of Ames and author of The Logic of the Body: Retrieving Theological Psychology, joins us this week to discuss how he guides others through their doubts (especially college students), and reminds us that in the midst of brokenness, there is still tremendous joy that flows from fellowship with God and others. 

Show notes:

  • 0:27 The true sources of religious doubt
  • 3:55 Faith and the college years
  • 8:50 Emotions, rationality, and spirituality
  • 10:17 How God addresses our doubts
  • 15:20 Difference between determination and control
  • 17:50 Is apologetics effective?
  • 25:05 Befriending good scientists

Show Notes by Dominique LaCroix

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