BELIEVERS AND DOUBTERS: IDEAS THAT CHALLENGE AND QUESTION FAITH

Why do some of us believe, and some of us don’t? Can our doubts bring our beliefs into sharper focus? These TED speakers offer perspectives on belief from all ends of the spectrum, from atheists to the devout. Listen to the full episode here: http://n.pr/1I4pplI
  1. What’s the difference between belief and faith? http://n.pr/1IQj4u7
    Speaking at TED in 1998, Rev. Billy Graham marvels at technology's power to improve lives and change the world. But he says technology and science can't do everything: "There's something inside of us that is beyond our understanding." Graham's daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, reflects on her father's idea of the nature of faith.
  2. Is doubt essential to faith? http://n.pr/1Z84d2m
    Writer Lesley Hazleton calls for a new appreciation of doubt and questioning as the foundation of faith — and an end to fundamentalism of all kinds.
  3. How does a person go from believer to atheist? http://n.pr/1Upi5SZ
    When two young Mormon missionaries knocked on performer Julia Sweeney's door one day, it puts Sweeney on a quest to completely rethink her own beliefs.
  4. What can atheism learn from religion? http://n.pr/1dMidKl
    What aspects of religion should atheists adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.
  5. Are there any universal beliefs and truths? http://n.pr/1dMidKl
    Devdutt Pattanaik takes an eye-opening look at the myths of India and of the West — and shows how these fundamentally different sets of beliefs about God, death and heaven help us consistently misunderstand one another.