Losing Faith: Evangelical Style

October 17, 2019 Length: 55:40

This summer, two prominent Evangelical figures, Joshua Harris and Marty Sampson, announced that they had lost (or were losing) their faith. Their statements, and the way they describe faith, raise an important question: do Evangelicals lose their faith in a way that is unique from folks of other Christian backgrounds? We address this question by exploring four concepts: Salvation, Conversion, Faith, and Mystery. Plus, a listener, Jamey William Bennett, shares a struggle about the problem of suffering.

"We can all agree we don't want to follow a small God, a limited God, a finite God. But the reality, then, is that there are going to be times when God is way bigger than our faith and sometimes our faith has to die. At a certain point in our life, we have to come to the point where we can say that 'I don't have faith to contain that.'" —Nicole

"What is the biggest gift that doubt gives us? It helps answer a question a lot of us should ask ourselves: are we following what we believe because it expresses truth, or are we following Christ just so we can get a reward out of it?" —Basil

Resources relevant to this episode:
Joshua Harris's announcement on July 26

A transcript of Marty Sampson's announcement

Brews, Beards, and Shipwrecks podcast

Royal Ruckus rap by Jamey William Bennett

Pprosopolatria" (προσωπολατρία): Greek term for worship of the person, personality cult

Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, doubt and questioning series (transcript)

Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, doubt and questioning series (video)