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Benefit of the Doubt: Breaking the Idol of Certainty


Baker 2013

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In Benefit of the Doubt, Gregory Boyd speaks especially to those who have struggled with doubts about their faith. He encourages readers to let their questions lead them to a stronger faith. Boyd writes of how for him, faith has been anything but certain, inviting readers to embrace a faith that doesn’t strive for certainty but rather for commitment to Christ in the midst of uncertainty. Join him as he shares with poignant honesty his own inspirational journey, offering reassurance that you can experience a life-transforming relationship with Christ, even with unresolved questions about the Bible, theology, and ethics.

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Key Features

  • Focuses on readers who have struggled with doubts about their faith
  • Encourages readers to let their questions lead them to a stronger faith
  • Invites readers to embrace a faith that doesn’t strive for certainty


  • Embracing the Pain
  • Hooked on a Feeling
  • The Idol of Certainty
  • Wrestling with God
  • Screaming at the Sky
  • From Legal Deals to Binding Love
  • Embodied Faith
  • A Solid Center
  • The Center of Scripture
  • Substantial Hope
  • Stumbling on the Promises of God
  • The Promise of the Cross

Praise for the Print Edition

Even when certainty is inaccessible, commitment remains an option. Greg Boyd is incapable of uninteresting thoughts. And this book is not merely thoughtful; it will be a tremendous help to doubters—and non-doubters—everywhere.

—John Ortberg, author, Who Is This Man?

Boyd has gotten used to exploring new territory, and in this book he dives into the issue of doubt and certainty—and recovers the lost treasure of Christlike humility and childlike wonder. Enjoy.

—Shane Claiborne, author, The Irresistible Revolution

Benefit of the Doubt is a deeply personal yet profoundly theological look at the important role of doubt in the Christian faith. Prepare to feel a little less crazy, a little less alone, and a lot more challenged to take the risk of following Jesus with your head and heart engaged. Boyd is the best sort of company for the journey.

—Rachel Held Evans, author, A Year of Biblical Womanhood

If you’re a Christian who wrestles with doubt or you know someone who does, Benefit of the Doubt is one of the best books ever written on the subject.

—Frank Viola, author, God’s Favorite Place on Earth

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About Gregory A. Boyd

Gregory A. Boyd graduated with honors from Yale Divinity School and Princeton Theological Seminary, and he was a professor of theology at Bethel University for 16 years. He is the founder and senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. Boyd has also authored or coauthored numerous books and academic articles.

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