When Doubt Takes On a Life of Its Own – A Book Review of “Truth in a Culture of Doubt” by Köstenberger, Bock, and Chatraw

“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”  Acts 17:11

Several years ago, I experienced a season of doubt about my beliefs with respect to God, Jesus, and the Bible.  In the midst of that time, one thing I kept asking myself was whether or not there were some external circumstances that were contributing to my doubt.  I thought it was important to doubt my doubts, so to speak.  Were there perhaps some unexamined, cultural presuppositions that I was unconsciously absorbing that predisposed me to such deep skepticism?  No one lives in a vacuum and every age/culture has its prevailing set of world views and possible blind spots – sets of unjustified, but widely accepted assumptions – that are absorbed unconsciously.  I realized that understanding the age in which I lived was just as important as getting all of my questions about God and the Bible answered.  Otherwise, I might be allowing some unjustified assumptions to color my conclusions.

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