Are questions to be welcomed and embraced—or feared and avoided?

May 9, 2013

A David Hayward cartoon illustrates the way many churches regard questions
“Some see questions as an illegitimate disease. Others see it as a legitimate dis-ease,” says David Hayward in this brief post on his Naked Pastor blog on Patheos. Read some of the remarks that are made when honest questions are raised in some Christian circles. In addition, see what some of Hayward’s readers say in his comment section about their personal experiences with questions. Related Reading: I am reminded of what the writer and poet Rainer Maria Rilke said about loving the questions and living the questions. You might also like this short video, featuring various Christian leaders, called “Living the Questions: An Introduction to Progressive Christianity.”

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.


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