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This website is devoted to those who live on the boundary line between faith and doubt. It seeks to honour both those who although they doubt want to be involved in the life of faith and those who though they have faith are open to explore their doubt. Faith in Doubt is written by Mercia McMahon, a sometimes theologian who is more normally found writing political or historical nonfiction or political historical or speculative novels.


Mercia McMahon's Reformations of Martin Luther was published on 31 October 2017, which was the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses to an archbishop, an event which is seen as the birth of Protestantism. This short book focuses on the political context of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, which helped Luther to survive despite being condemned as both an outlaw and a heretic.

Faith in Doubt is like Mercia McMahon's other sites as html one, but had been structured to replicate its origins as a Drupal site by having addresses such as It is now being converted to addresses consistent with its html status and if you cannot find an article add .html to the address, e.g., At the same time many of the original ephemeral articles are being replaced with encyclopedia style ones, although the original articles can be found at the original WordPress site.


Primates 2016

There was shock on the Thursday night of the gathering when a leak came out to reveal that the primates had voted to punish the Episcopal Church. Yet it is presented as a formal Primates Meeting by the official Anglican Communion Office's site and has been consistently reported as such via their Anglican Communion News Service. This gives the impression of a deliberate subterfuge to bring the Episcopal Church to a gathering and then turn it into a formal Primates Meeting.


Return to God

I began the Faith in Doubt website in 2010 as a place to reflect on faith from the perspective of those on the border between faith and doubt with regard to Christianity. . . . Towards the end of 2015 I moved a little more decisively into the faith side of the border because I saw that my chief objection to the possibility of God's existence was a very objectionable proposition.


Tony Campolo

Leading American evangelical Tony Campolo comes out as gay affirming, but it was unsurprising to those who had heard his recent musings on the matter.


Gene Robinson

Gene Robinson is the openly gay and partnered bishop, who will go down in history as the man who almost brought the Anglican Communion to an end. He is a hero, but that cannot excuse his attempt to put gay Christians who happen to be liberals into the closet.



At first I inwardly cringed when a priest preached about faith in God, but gradually settled down to seeing that language as a part of the poetry of worship. Later on, I even began to come back to a sort of belief in God, but not in the God that Christians tend to believe in, i.e., not in a creator God. This partial retreat from atheism was inspired by two ideas from my theological education, one postgraduate and one undergraduate.


Bible Ethics

The Bible is not something that has been written down by one person who is taking down a memo from God. It is a collection of texts that were deemed to be important enough to be used to establish the basis of the Christian faith and eventually formulated into what would become the New Testament. It is difficult to argue that someone must obey the Bible as if it were the very words of God, when it was in fact human decision-making that judged what was included in the New Testament and what was not.


Suicide by Authorities

The cases of Lowe and Alcorn do bring important lessons for church communities, and especially for conservative Christian parents, but the key message from their deaths is that there is seldom one simple reason why someone chooses to end their life.


Lenten Fast

I came up with a splendid idea for a Lenten fast this year - I would give up procrastination. This would be very useful for this blog as I had been meaning to write something about how my inability to believe in a creator God had (to an extent) been cured. The fast has, however, failed and procrastination has, until I wrote this post, been unabated.


Good Friday

An exploration of Good Friday from the agnostic perspective that I held at the time.



Critique of celebrity priest Giles Fraser, who confuses eschatology (beliefs about the end of history) with teleology (the philosophical theory that everything has a purpose or "end").


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