Ian Markham on being a Christian


The Washington Examiner has interviewed Dean Ian Markham of Virginia Theological Seminary about his beliefs. There’s nothing here for professional controversialists, just an intelligent person talking about his faith. A sample:

How can you trust that your Christian beliefs are correct?

The way of the world is that all knowledge is provisional — it is human constructs in conversation with experience. Therefore, all of us should hold what we believe about the world with some humility.

Now, why I believe what I believe is because it makes more sense of the complexities of human life than the alternatives. My experience of morality, of beauty, of love — all these things point to the divine, which makes theism more likely than atheism. And then if you ask how can I believe in a God that allows so much suffering? Part of the answer is that I can only believe in God provided I know God knows what it’s like to suffer — and that is the Christian claim, that God knows human suffering. So, for me, it has the ring of truth, more so than the alternatives.

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Bill Ghrist
Bill Ghrist

Dean Markham says:

"What do we risk by opting out of faith and religious community?

The risk is that the ugly forms of religion dominate -- forms that judge rather than love, criticize rather than encourage, destroy rather than build up. And also the risk of indifference. Those are the risks of our age."

Good thoughts for Anne Rice to ponder.

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