Before I begin lets talk about, what does it mean to be a Christian Skeptic. First, the dictionary definition of the term skeptic is:
A person who questions or doubts something (such as a claim or statement): a person who often questions or doubts things.
Interestingly, skeptikós the Greek root of the word skeptic means to consider or examine. So being a Christian Skeptic is to be one who considers or examines the basis of Christianity. Then, is it okay to be a skeptic and have a strong faith in God?
Well, being skeptical about Christianity doesn't necessarily mean you doubt the existence of God. Maybe you just aren't quite sold on the idea of Creationism because of the overwhelming evidence and hard science that backs evolution. Maybe you believe Jesus existed but aren't quite sure about his whole resurrection story. Or maybe you you’re not certain about the omnipotence of God.
Being raised a Christian you may have been taught that to question God reveals an area of weakness in your faith. When in fact, to raise questions shows signs of intelligence. It demonstrates our ability to critically think about our morals, values and life. In fact, questioning our theology and seeking the necessary answers can help to affirm and strengthen our faith.
I am a self-proclaimed nerd and Christian skeptic, so it is no surprise my podcast list comprises mostly of shows on Christian theology. Listening to theology-based podcasts has helped me to sort through these questions. Now I am providing you with a list of 5 podcasts as resources for you as you examine your faith:
5 Podcasts For The Christian Skeptic
Rob Bell first became known for founding Mars Hill Bible Church. After stepping down from his position as Pastor of the church he went on to pursue other projects. He published many books, which went on to be New York Times Best sellers. Including, Love Wins, which received a lot of, heat from the Christian community. Despite, all that Rob Bell’s fame for his works still increased. He went on to make appearance’s on Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday Sessions.
Rob Bell shares his spiritual knowledge and inspirational messages through his weekly podcast, The Robcast. He occasionally shares interviews with other theologians, scholars and inspiring people.
I would start with his series entitled, "God". It helped to shape my perspective on my faith, the Bible and affirmed much of what I had already believed:
The Liturgist Podcast is founded by Michael Gungar and Mike McHargue (also known as Science Mike). Committed to creating a safe community for the examination of reality through art, faith and science The Liturgists Podcasts is home to the "spiritually homeless and frustrated".
Michael Gungor and Mike McHargue share their own experiences with doubt on Episodes 6 and 7:
In Episode 9 Mike McHargue discusses fostering and finding a safe spiritual community:
Homebrewed Christianity is hosted by Trip Fuller. Fuller invites those who hold varying views on Christian theology to share thier own perspectives you can "brew your own faith". On his podcasts he hosts discussions with theologians, scholars, ministers, musicians and writers of the Christian faith.
To hear a newfound perspecitve on Faith and Douby listen to: Don’t Sin. Doubt and Listen to Peter Enns
Shane Blackshear describes his podcast as somewhere between seminary and youth camp. As a seminary dropout himself he has started the podcast to provide content that enables others to think about God, theology and life in unique ways.
Listen to AJ Swoboda perspective on doubt: AJ Swoboda On Wandering, Doubt and Hope
Never Forsaken Podcast exists for those who are passionate about Christ but find themselves outside of a church home. For those who find themselves on the fringes of the Christianity as an outcast, a seeker or a misfit.
To listen to Alicia Crosby's discussion of how her evolving views on homosexuality caused her to question her own theology: Episode 19 With Alicia Crosby.