Greg Boyd is talking about doubt as he prepares to write "Benefit of the Doubt", a new book on faith and doubt.
Here are a few excerpts from his posts titled "Biblical Versus Magical Faith" and "Rethinking Our View of Faith" ...
The certainty-seeking, doubt-shunning model of faith reduces faith to mental gimmickry.I agree with Greg when he says "magic is about engaging in behaviors that ultimately benefit the practitioner while biblical faith is about cultivating a relationship with God that is built on mutual trust." Not that I am not interested in a magical miracle. I shared about wanting a Powerball type event three years ago in a post titled "The Miracle Lottery".
The certainty-seeking model of faith is irrational.
The doubt-shunning model of faith is not concerned with truth.
Many Christian’s model of faith is closer to magic than the biblical understanding of faith.
The model of faith that encourages people to shun doubt and strive for certainty
makes a virtue out of a non-virtuous behavior.