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Accordingly, two important disclaimers need to be offered at this point so the reader can be sure not to misjudge the present product.
First, while I am more confident in dealing with areas having to do with apologetics, philosophy or philosophical theology, I am far from being an expert in psychiatry, psychology or counseling.
Introduction: Some Crucial Groundwork Identifying Doubt Factual Doubt Emotional Doubt Volitional Doubt When God Does Not Answer Jesus As A Living Person The Testimony of the Holy Spirit Heaven: A New Perspective on Life Conclusion The opportunity to write this manuscript came chiefly as the result of two extended speaking engagements.
The bulk of the material was written to complement the Spring Lectureship which I presented at Western (Conservative Baptist) Seminary in Portland, Oregon.
Those lectures, entitled "Christian Doubt: Toward Resolving a Painful Problem," comprised most of Sections I and II of this volume.
The remainder of the manuscript (Section III, in particular) was completed during a lectureship in an adjunct study program at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, England.
However, at the same time, if the subject is to be approached by a single individual at all, it will almost assuredly be a person who cannot deal in an expert way with all of these subjects and specializations.
But at any rate, the treating of these last issues is not within my expertise.Speaking specifically of religious uncertainty, one researcher remarks: "We come into the world with question marks in our heads . Theoretically, the fact that persons are whole rather than fragmented argues that various doubts involve the entire person to some extent.Practically, one usually notes that such is often the case; doubts overlap and more than one type is frequently present.It is this need to be practical that motivates me to write on a subject which could possibly be the single most common problem among Christians.So if I err in my conclusions, I humbly ask your forgiveness and invite your comments.