Is faith based purely on belief, and a strong faith holding to those beliefs with certainty? If so, what happens when our beliefs evolve and shift? Prof. Peter Enns  believes that we’ve misunderstood the nature of faith, and it is actually trust rather than certainty that lays at it’s heart. And it is this trust that can withstand the inevitable uncertainties, questions, and doubts that come our way. So tune in for a really engaging conversation.

Interview starts at 8m 50s

Image provided by Baker Publishing. Used with permission.


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“The sin of certainty is the visceral reactive mode where you hold on to certainty when you feel you’re losing it. So I think certainty can be, to use the term the evangelicals like to use; it can be an idol, where you feel the mysteries of the universe, like God, are under your control and you pretty much have it all figured out, and I think God, by God’s mercy, will take us beyond that certainty to a place of growth – where that place of growth is, like most growth, can be unsettling and frightening. So the sin of certainty is to want to go back to the way things were before, to be able to patch things up.”

“I think that’s what people are looking for [in a leader], they’re looking for authenticity in faith, they’re looking for people to say, I’m struggling with this. I’d love to see pastors preach about their own struggle with certain things and how resolving them has been not so much, “now I know the answer and here it is” but, “I’m learning to walk with God differently through this crisis or this doubt.”


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  1. Judy Gale Jul 24, 2016

    Pete Enns speaks for many of us who have had similar faith/doubt journeys

  2. Ed Freshwater Aug 4, 2016

    Great interview (as usual), really reminded me on some stuff I’ve heard from Peter Rollins too.

    I keep thinking I’d like to sit and listen to Nomad with other folk from my house church, but then after a minute it’s a bunch of people sat in a room listening to the radio and avoiding eye contact, which would get a bit weird.

    Oh well, it makes my head happy to listen to you all.

    • Hey Ed,
      Great to hear from you again! We really should meet up sometime.
      Glad the interviews are still providing you with happiness!
      I have heard of a few people who use Nomad in their house groups. But like you, I think it could be a bit weird.

      • Ed Freshwater Aug 4, 2016

        Any time you’re in town, I’ll get the kettle on*

        *unless I’m at work, out shopping, or cycling, or running or visiting someone else or on holiday or otherwise engaged or asleep or not in the mood.

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