The Christian Skeptic

Christians annoy me. They believe they have all the answers written down in the pages of a dusty old book, and that perceiving them is a simple matter of discipline and determination. They don't realize that every book has its own distinct purpose as does every individual reader. Blinded by their own arrogance, they make immodest claims based on their own ignorance to themselves and the power the self has in seeing what it wants to see.

Skeptics annoy me. They believe they have all the answers within the confines of their own decaying brains, and that perceiving them is a simple matter of careful observation and experimentation. They don't realize that every mind has its limits as does every source of knowledge. Blinded by their own arrogance, they make immodest claims based on their own ignorance to things beyond themselves and their power to influence what we see.

As both a Christian and a skeptic, I'm usually annoyed at myself for one of those things. But as a Christian, I cannot ignore the potency of faith and as a skeptic, I cannot avoid the implications of reason. Faith and reason need each other lest they miss the forest for their own proverbial trees. They keep each other in check. Neither is superior or primary because one underestimates the self while the other overestimates it.

The latter has largely been the purview of Christian apologists who have defended the ubiquity of faith among today's self-sufficient skeptics (atheists, agnostics, scientists, etc.). While I occasionally dabble in such apologetics, my personal emphasis is on the former: combating self-ignorant Christians.

Every belief system needs its own counter-apologists--people who believe yet critique regardless of denomination or sect. I'm one of them. Religious criticism should be taken seriously and not left to the unaffiliated because it has the power to refine. And to that end, I intend to make good use of it.

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The Symbol

There is an ancient Christian symbol called a Chi-Rho. It's a monogram formed using the first two capital Greek letters of the word christos or Christ (X and P). It was first used by the Roman emperor Constantine I in his military campaigns, and was for many years, the most common symbol of Christianity (much like the cross is today). Though it is less well-known today, it is still heavily used by Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and some Protestant churches.

The symbol I use here is a play on the Chi-Rho, adapting the rho to look like a question mark thus combining two well-known images for Christianity (the chi, which also looks like a cross) and skepticism (the question mark). It was designed by Josie Koznarek whose other artwork can be seen here. Like her Facebook page because she's awesome.

Alex Bersin

I was born and raised in the greatest state of New Jersey where I had the ocean, real pizza, and proper left turns. Now I live in the Chicago area, and I have none of those things. I have had aspirations to be a scientist, a rock star, and a college professor. Currently I'm the Content Strategist for The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews in Chicago and a contributor for Think Christian. I've said many never's, and God has graciously provided most of them.

I couldn't be more happily married to a fellow New Jerseyan with whom I intend to raise our daughter to never call soda 'pop.' We also have three cats because animals are better when they have personalities.

I'm a homeschooled, high school dropout who by the grace of God managed to attend Moody Bible Institute and graduate. I'm a survivor of a broken home (which has been recreated) and the Chicago river (which is still awful). I've played in numerous failed bands, composed music no one listens to, read philosophy no one cares about, eaten more than one family should, and laughed so loud that my wife was forced to roll down the windows in our car. I don't much care for this fallen life, but I'm committed to enjoying the things that will last into eternity.

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