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Can Doubt Bind Us Together?

posted by Jason Boyett

Last week, writer and editor Jon M. Sweeney published a thought-provoking essay about religious doubt in the Huffington Post. Sweeney is a publisher at Paraclete Press and the author of the new Verily, Verily, a book about the King James […]

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Conversions Needed

posted by Jason Boyett

After six months’ worth of guest posts, my Friday Voices of Doubt series wraps up in the next few weeks. It’s been great hearing from so many different writers and thinkers on the impact doubt has had on their faith. […]

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Anne Hathaway and the Catholic Church

posted by Jason Boyett

Thanks to all the promotional appearances she has been making for her new film Love & Other Drugs with Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway has been all over the media for the last couple of weeks, from a gig hosting Saturday […]

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The Silence of God

posted by Jason Boyett

I know it says a lot about me that I think this is such a great cartoon. But it is: David Hayward, the Naked Pastor, consistently produces excellent stuff. Go visit his site. While you’re at it, purchase his book. […]

Parenting with Doubt: What Do We Teach Our Kids?

posted by Jason Boyett

Over the last few days, I’ve gotten a couple of emails from readers that, for some reason, touch on the same theme — and it resonates pretty deeply with me. The question that keeps coming up is this: Doubt is […]

Rachel Held Evans on Works-Based Salvation

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m not sure that Rachel Held Evans needs a full introduction on this blog, other to say she’s the author of the excellent new book Evolving in Monkey Town and was interviewed here a couple of months ago (Part 1, […]

My Top 5 People to Convince Me God Exists

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday I had an off-the-air conversation with a skeptical (but still Christian) radio host. We were discussing faith and apologetics when he asked me a really fascinating question: Let’s say you’re dying. You know you have only one week left […]

The Faith of Ray Bradbury

posted by Jason Boyett

My novelist friend Tess alerted me to a fascinating profile of Ray Bradbury by John Blake at CNN. It talks a bit about Bradbury’s prolific career as a sci-fi novelist and short-story writer, but the primary subject of the piece […]

Adam Ellis: Hoping That It’s True

posted by Jason Boyett

When I decided to start this guest-blogger series — which I’m calling “Voices of Doubt” and which features friends of mine telling their own stories of doubt — I thought immediately about asking Adam Ellis to participate. Matthew Paul Turner […]

Nicole Wick: The Worst Breakup Ever

posted by Jason Boyett

As I mentioned prior to last week’s post by Anna Broadway, I think it’s time to begin listening to other voices beside my own as we talk about religious doubt and spiritual uncertainty. I’m going to make this a regular […]

Anna Broadway on Doubt and Marriage

posted by Jason Boyett

There are more perspectives on doubt, of course, than just my own. I thought it would be a worthwhile idea to let other doubting believers discuss their own experiences with spiritual uncertainty. First up is Anna Broadway, author of Sexless […]

The Faith of Roger Ebert

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m becoming convinced that Roger Ebert is one of America’s greatest living writers. His film reviews are always fantastic. His twitter feed is legendary. And in the wake of his illness and recovery and life without the ability to speak […]

This I Believe (Part 2)

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday I began listing some of the things I mention in O Me of Little Faith as being “the things I know for sure.” For reasons of brevity, in the book, I framed this list according to the content of […]

This I Believe (Part 1)

posted by Jason Boyett

So what in the world do you believe? Occasionally I’ll get asked that question, usually after equivocating and hemming and hawing about the things that cause me to doubt — subjects like the afterlife and historical/textual Bible criticism and whether […]

On Being a Stumbling Block

posted by Jason Boyett

My friend and fellow writer Rachel Held Evans — her upcoming book Evolving in Monkey Town is excellent, btw — wrote an intriguing blog post Tuesday about being a stumbling block to other believers. Like Rachel, I grew up in […]

Immaculate Creation and the Synthetic Cell

posted by Jason Boyett

I promise I’m not this big of a science nerd — two sciencey posts in a row, in my first week! — but this is in the news so it seems the best time to comment on it. Human genome […]

Keeping Up Appearances

posted by Jason Boyett

There’s an interesting little factoid in the endnotes section of Superfreakonomics. Which is saying something, because the whole book — as well as its predecessor, Freakonomics — is gloriously full of interesting little factoids. Anyway. In my childhood church environment, […]

The Problem with Asking Hard Questions

posted by Jason Boyett

My friend Matthew Paul Turner posted a review today of O Me of Little Faith, written by his friend Adam Ellis. (Disclaimer: I know Adam, too, having interviewed him for a Daily Beast article last summer.) In his review, Adam […]

Options and Doubt

posted by Jason Boyett

Why do we doubt? In my new book, I discuss several of the causes of spiritual doubt, including sin, guilt, depression, circumstances, familiarity/boredom, and intellectual challenges. But there’s one doubt-generator I’ve been thinking of lately that’s not in the book: […]

A Prayer for Easter: Do Not Disappoint Me

posted by Jason Boyett

In the Rule of St. Benedict, a fascinating 6th century document that still informs the lives of monastics, Benedict — the founder of Western monasticism — describes what happens when a novice is fully accepted into the monastic community. …they […]

John Piper Gets It Right

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m not a John Piper fanboy. The guy’s a passionate Christian, a deep-thinking theologian, and highly respected by a lot of people I respect. But his hard-line Calvinism, belief in double predestination, occasional dumb statements, and seeming need to fit […]

Faith and the Faded Tattoo

posted by Jason Boyett

I have two tattoos. Which isn’t as big of a deal as it used to be. Everyone has tattoos now. One of mine is only a couple years old. My wife and I got matching ones on our 13th anniversary, […]

More Religious? Or Less?

posted by Jason Boyett

As a whole, I am less religious now than I was when I was a teenager. You wouldn’t know it, probably, by looking at me. I still go to church on a regular basis. My family prays before meals and […]

Do It Well

posted by Jason Boyett

Today I went to the funeral of my great uncle James Johnson, my paternal grandmother’s older brother. He was one month shy of turning 90. He was recently honored by his church for having been a Baptist deacon for 50 […]

I Believe…

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday, via my Twitter and Facebook accounts, I asked my friends and followers to complete a phrase any way they liked. The phrase was “I believe…” No real reason to do it, other than thinking it would be interesting to […]

Picking Dandelions with Sarah Cunningham

posted by Jason Boyett

I like to read stories about interesting people. And I like to read books by excellent writers–the kind who, technically, are very good at their craft. When a gifted writer happens to be an interesting person with compelling stories and […]

Turtles All the Way Down

posted by Jason Boyett

In Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, the famous physicist opens with a story about a prominent scientist (probably Bertrand Russell) who gave a public astronomy lecture way back in the day. He explained how the earth moved around […]

So About Yesterday…

posted by Jason Boyett

Maybe I’m naive, but I really didn’t expect yesterday’s questions to get as theological as they got in yesterday’s Ask Jason Any Question extravaganza. I was prepared to answer a lot of questions about writing. Or breakdancing. Where were the […]

Archives: Jesus, Interrupted

posted by Jason Boyett

Look, it’s a snow day here in Amarillo, and I’m feeling lazy. So this is a re-post of an old book review, but there’s a reason behind it. 1. Jesus, Interrupted was one of my favorite books I read in […]

Michael Spencer: The Day Before

posted by Jason Boyett

Michael Spencer (the Internet Monk) has been a web friend for several years. I’ve been inspired, comforted, and challenged by his blogging since running across his work — along with the Boars Head Tavern — back in 2004 or so. […]

God and Gardens and a Big Question

posted by Jason Boyett

The December issue of Intelligent Life magazine describes a certain horticultural parable first told by the mid-19th century British philosopher John Wisdom. Here’s the parable: Two people return to their long neglected garden and find, among the weeds, that a […]

Interview with Danielle Shroyer

posted by Jason Boyett

For a relatively young pastor, Danielle Shroyer already has a pretty impressive résumé. She graduated from Princeton Divinity School. She has served as a youth minister, campus minister, and chaplain for a retirement community. She’s currently the pastor of Journey […]

Rachel Held Evans: Live from Monkey Town

posted by Jason Boyett

I like Rachel Held Evans for several reasons. First, she reads my blog, and has for awhile. Second, she’s funny. I like funny. Third, we share a publisher — she has a book coming out from Zondervan this summer. Fourth, […]

Annoyed by Worship: Solutions

posted by Jason Boyett

Yesterday we had a good discussion about some of the limitations of worship — or at least the modern worship movement, even though it defines worship too narrowly as “the singing part of a church service.” And there are a […]

Hard Questions About Christianity

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m appearing on a panel at my church on Saturday night to discuss some of the difficult questions of Christianity. I thought I’d get an early start on preparing for this by asking you to help me with the research. […]

Being Happy: Mind Your Own Business

posted by Jason Boyett

I posted yesterday about illustrations that made me happy, and I returned Sunday from a fun, relaxing weekend with my extended family in the mountains guess, so I guess I’ve got happiness and quality of life on the mind. Which […]

Recommendation: Lord, Save Us from Your Followers

posted by Jason Boyett

Why is the Gospel of Love dividing America? That’s the question documentary filmmaker Dan Merchant asks in a fantastic new movie that releases nationally in select theaters this weekend. It’s called Lord, Save Us from Your Followers and, as I’ve […]

Feedback on Faith (or the lack thereof)

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m working on a project and need your help. It’s about Christianity, questions/problems related to it, and reasons why some people don’t buy into it. I’m looking for feedback from people who are either a) atheists, agnostic, or otherwise non-believers…or… […]

Review: Jesus, Interrupted

posted by Jason Boyett

You might recall that, back in April, I teased a review of Bart Ehrman’s new book, Jesus, Interrupted. As an author of a book about the Bible and an armchair student of theology and biblical studies, I’m pretty fascinated by […]

Winners: As We Forgive

posted by Jason Boyett

Good news! After offering yesterday to give away a copy of the book As We Forgive: Stories of Reconciliation from Rwanda, I got an email from my friends at Zondervan, the book’s publisher (and the publisher of my upcoming book […]

As We Forgive

posted by Jason Boyett

You may have seen the award-winning documentary “As We Forgive” featured on PBS this month. It’s a heartbreaking but hopeful look at the aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan genocide — where a million people were slaughtered in 100 days — […]

College Students and Church Attendance

posted by Jason Boyett

Take a group of 100 young adults, under the age of 30. Put them in a room, and ask them how they feel about Church. The Church. Church with a capital-C. Here’s what you’ll learn: • 46 of these young […]

Obama on Faith and Doubt

posted by Jason Boyett

I’m sure you heard about President Obama’s commencement address at Notre Dame over the weekend. It was not without some controversy among pro-life groups at the Catholic university. He addressed the abortion issue by calling for a reduction in abortions, […]

Tyler Frost, Carrie Prejean, and Newsy Believers

posted by Jason Boyett

From the overflowing “Dear Christians, This Is a Bad Idea” files, let me pontificate upon two new celebrities in the world of Christian culture: 1. Tyler Frost, the boy who wanted to go to prom. Poor Tyler just wanted to […]

Dear God, I Have a Question

posted by Jason Boyett

I’ve been thinking lately about the questions I have for God, the kinds of things I would ask if I could get an answer, and which I do ask from time to time. They’re the kinds of questions that aren’t […]

Roger Ebert and Religious Traditions

posted by Jason Boyett

I don’t normally turn to movie critic Roger Ebert for thoughts about religion, but a friend of mine recently sent me a link to a Chicago Sun-Times article Ebert wrote remembering Gene Siskel, his movie-reviewing colleague, who died in 1999. […]

Ash Wednesday and Lent

posted by Jason Boyett

Today is Ash Wednesday. This is the beginning of the traditional Christian season of Lent and a fasting day for many liturgical Christians, and it’s becoming more of an emphasis among evangelicals and Protestants like me. I thought about doing […]

Update: American Atheist Buses!

posted by Jason Boyett

Watch out, America. The stiff-necked, unbelieving buses of England are coming to the streets of our nation’s Capitol. Like its marketing-savvy counterparts in the British Humanist Association, the American Humanist Association debuted its own there-is-no-god ad campaign this week. Also […]

Stiff-Necked, Unbelieving Buses

posted by Jason Boyett

The British Humanist Association is raising money to launch a new ad campaign on London’s familiar red city buses, and it’s the first of its kind: an ad campaign for atheists. The campaign signage would read, in crisp, happy colors, […]

Don Miller at the DNC

posted by Jason Boyett

Just to follow-up on last week’s post, here’s the video and transcript of Don Miller’s prayer at the Democratic National Convention. When Cameron Strang graciously backed out from giving the prayer, Don stepped in. Because, in his words, “Somebody calls […]

The Wittenburg Door

posted by Jason Boyett

I grew up Southern Baptist — and I still attend a Southern Baptist church — but my faith journey has taken me through a lot more wide open ecumenical spaces than the narrow Southern Baptist road. I guess I’d describe […]

Ambidextrous Fandom

posted by Jason Boyett

The great bishop, saint, and trinitarian apologist Gregory of Nyssa once described his brother, St. Basil, as having a “two-handed faith.” Basil’s faith, Gregory said, was ambidextrous, because he could accept pleasures with one hand and suffering with the other […]

I Doubt It

posted by Jason Boyett

Crazy day today, for various health- and work-related reasons. So no real and/or official and/or super creative post or anything. My apologies. Instead, I’ll direct you to my latest piece for TrueU.org. It’s called “I Doubt It: How to Deal […]

Our Big Honking Stuff Problem

posted by Jason Boyett

Today is Earth Day. It’s been around, in an official capacity, since the late 60s. The earliest I can recall hearing about it is during my freshman year in high school, which was 1988. We talked it up a lot […]

Shiny, Happy Jesus

posted by Jason Boyett

What does your Jesus look like? I’ve been interested in portrayals of Jesus since I was assigned a 2005 article for Relevant about how everyone, from hippies to capitalist republicans to urban hipsters, seems to want to claim Jesus for […]

The Church-Hopping Article

posted by Jason Boyett

The article on my church-going immersion journalism experiment for Relevant Magazine is now available in the publication’s May/June 2008 issue. The article is called “6 Denominations in 6 Weeks: Diary of an Intentional Church Hopper.” It’s accompanied by a photo […]

Opening Day

posted by Jason Boyett

I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m a huge Chicago Cubs fan. When I was 6 or 7 years old, my parents got cable for the first time. It was one of those old punch-button cable boxes, and my brother and […]

Obama’s Speech

posted by Jason Boyett

I want to mention politics as little as possible on this blog, because it’s so divisive and quickly leads to defensiveness and name-calling and the spread of hurtful misinformation (and that’s just on my part!), but I have to bring […]

Faith and the President

posted by Jason Boyett

Here’s what’s funny: this political season, the three remaining candidates for the presidency all have pretty solid Christian credentials — and are probably more outspokenly Christian than most candidates have ever been — but quite a few watchdogs of the […]

More on Estus Pirkle

posted by Jason Boyett

As promised, I’d like to revisit the previous post about Estus Pirkle’s mind-boggling evangelistic film from the 70s. If you’re anything like me, you go through a multi-stage emotional process when you watch something like “The Believer’s Heaven.” Let me […]

Estus Pirkle and The Believer’s Heaven

posted by Jason Boyett

In recent weeks, a really short, low-budget religious film has been making the you’ve-gotta-see-this rounds among cackling irreligious hipsters and flinching people of faith. Written and produced by old-time Mississippi Baptist minister Estus Pirkle, the film is called “The Believer’s […]

Church Hopping

posted by Jason Boyett

I just finished participating in a bit of immersion journalism that’s slated to appear in the May/June issue of Relevant Magazine. For those who aren’t hip with the supersecret writing lingo, immersion journalism is the kind of writing where a […]

Why I Observe Lent

posted by Jason Boyett

By virtue of my background, membership, and my current church attendance (though, perhaps, not my theology), I am a Southern Baptist. Thanks to our Anabaptist heritage — which threw out anything smacking of popishness back in the 17th century — […]

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My Introvert Interview
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Harold Camping: "Invisible Judgment Day"
When the rapture didn't occur as predicted on May 21, 2011, Harold Camping had a few options. Here is how he could have responded to the failed prediction, in descending levels of crazy: 1. He could announce that he was wrong. This is the most reasonable option and was therefore unexpected. I wou

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The Phases of Writing (Adam McHugh)
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