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To believe is easy. You can fill stadiums with people wanting to believe, either to solidify what they already think or to grasp hold of something because they feel cast adrift and lost at sea.
To doubt, to interrogate your fear, to really question what you believe, that’s far more difficult. It’s difficult because we want to protect ourselves from doubt and unknowing. Indeed, when we encounter somebody who is different from us, our first experience is often to see them as monstrous, as having beliefs and practices that are alien and strange and historical and contingent.
This is an excerpt from an essay in Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50. Download the e-book for free.
Peter Rollins is a widely sought after writer, lecturer, storyteller and public speaker. He is also the founder of ikon, a collective that has gained an international reputation for blending live music, visual imagery, soundscapes, theatre, ritual and reflection to create what they call “transformance art.” He has degrees in Scholastic philosophy (BA Hons), Political theory (MA), and Poststructural criticism (Ph.D.). Peter is the author of the much talked about How (Not) to Speak of God. His mos
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