The Sin of Certainty
I grew up in a stream of evangelicalism that deeply valued certainty. I might even say they made it an idol. When I started questioning some of my beliefs, it felt very unsafe to voice that. In fact, in my circles, I watched some become ostracized because of voicing questions and moving away from certainty.
Peter Enns, in his book The Sin of Certainty, tells his own story of why having “right beliefs’ isn’t the same as having faith. I’ve wanted to talk to Enns for a long time. His book The Bible Tells Me So is one worth reading and discussing, especially with a group of friends. And I hope to have him on the podcast again just to talk about his previous book. This week, however, I’m pleased to enter a conversation that hits my heart. This is a journey that I find myself on. I see that God desires my trust more than my right beliefs, but how does play out in everyday life? Who are the safe people in my life I can talk with? Important questions for anyone on the same journey.
Enns lays out his story and in his thought provoking, yet accessible, style challenges us to grapple with the depth and breadth of our own faith.