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First Congregational Church
(United Church of Christ)
Rev. Toby Jones, Pastor

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720
231-547-9122


Week One- Faith After Doubt Study Guide (Wednesday, 02-17-2021 7pm-8:30pm)

Week One – Faith After Doubt Study Guide for Wednesday, 2/17/21– 7-8:30 pm

Writing Exercise – Before class spend some time writing about the following:
             – What is one doctrine or belief you grew up being taught (and perhaps
                believing) but you can’t say you believe it anymore?
              – How has it felt to have that doubt/questioning inside you? Have you
                shared it with anyone? If so, how did that conversation go?
         *     You will not be obligated to share what you write

What pages or passages from the reading would you like to talk about tonight? (Please bring a couple every week! That will make the class go much better!)

Here are 2 passages I’d like you to look at and prepare to discuss:
 – Bottom paragraph of xiv through last full paragraph on xv
  – see the Buechner quote on top of 13 – thoughts?

The 3-Part Brain – Spend some time on this key dimension in McLaren’s approach
  – Reptilian Brain/Instinctive Brain (gut–survival) reflexes, bodily functions, etc.
  – Mammalian Brain/Intuitive Brain (heart –relational) attachment, social
  – Intellectual Brain/Primate Brain (head – meaning) logical, rational, analytical
“Faith is a matter of head, heart, and gut… a whole-brain or whole-self proposal.”
            * Go over pgs 18-19 carefully. Any questions, comments, or stories?

Understanding Stage 1 Faith – Simplicity – Spend some time on this
   Key Concepts: Right and Wrong, Black and White – Dualistic thinking

                              Authority & Submission – BIG people know everything
                              Trust, Unquestioning Loyalty – Life is a War, about Survival
            * Go over pgs 46-47 carefully. Any questions, comments, stories?
   Quote to consider: “The only way out is doubt…we doubt our way out of
                                       simplicity…”

Understanding Stage 2 Faith – Complexity– Spend some time on this
   Key Concepts: Pragmatism, Independence, Succeeding, Winning      

                             Questions enter in, Freedom emerges
                              Coaches to help me Win – Life is a Game, about Effectiveness
            * Go over pgs 49-50 & 52-53 carefully. Any questions, comments, stories*

            *Check out the Chart on 223-225 – Super Helpful!