New Book Illustrates the True Nature of Faith

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In new non-fiction, author Dustin Lawson explains how faith and doubt are both adversaries and friends

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Dustin Lawson, author of the new book Christian Agnostic: The Doubt Jesus Requires His Followers to Have (published bys AuthorHouse), has made it his mission to right a recurring flaw in Christian thinking. “The majority of the church, and the world at large, views faith as a resource that erases doubt and decides truth,” says Lawson. “This misconception has caused much of the Christian world, for most of its history, to embrace a method of searching for truth that is weak and unbiblical.”

Noting the necessity of the love-hate relationship, Lawson illustrates the important role doubt plays in relation to faith. “Faith does not erase doubt, but allows us to believe despite doubt’s presence; so, faith wants doubt because faith has no purpose without doubt. Wherever an idea still has room for doubt, there is room to be open-minded and to challenge that idea.”

Lawson notes that the idea for Christian Agnostic came as a result of seeing a disconnection between how the Bible describes faith and how Christians interpret that message.

“After the year I spent traveling throughout the Christian world with the author Josh McDowell, I concluded that the majority of the church viewed faith very differently than the way the Bible actually viewed faith and because of this misunderstanding of faith’s nature, most of the church, and world at large, does not seem to know how to search for truth with credibility.”

Lawson hopes to correct this misunderstanding and sees the church as being the benefactor of his efforts. “The church is on the decline,” explains Lawson, “and one of the biggest reasons is because of its false certainty, whereas if it finally became open to abiding by so many of the Bible’s messages about the true nature of faith and the credibility of challenging the beliefs of one’s own worldview then the church would have far more legitimacy within the world and be more biblically based.”

It is Lawson’s intent that upon completing Christian Agnostic, readers will fully comprehend that faith and doubt are not only compatible, but inseparable and that the Bible understands this.

About the Author
Dustin Lawson has a degree in theology from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a master's degree in global politics from Regent University. In between earning these degrees he spent a year traveling throughout North America and parts of Europe and the Middle East as an assistant to the author and speaker Josh McDowell. Lawson currently lives in Ohio. For more information, visit

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