VIDEO—Terryl Givens, “The Doors of Faith” (Lecture 1 of 4)

10.08.2019 | The Maxwell Institute

Part one of Terryl Givens’s four-lecture series is now available to watch online, “The Doors of Faith.” In this four-part lecture series, the Maxwell Institute’s Terryl Givens discusses “The Choice to Believe.”


Philosophers and theologians through the ages have recognized that in life’s greatest transactions, human reason comes up short in detecting sufficient grounds for decision making. If belief is to have any moral value whatsoever, then the human will must be involved in the choice to believe. Otherwise, belief would be forced rather than a matter of choice. The ambiguity of evidence, the maelstrom of competing voices, the indeterminacy of religious claims is not a defect in the plan: it is the precondition for its effective implementation.

Lectures in this series include:
09/23—Lecture 1, “The Doors of Faith
10/21—Lecture 2, “Awful Woundedness
11/18—Lecture 3, “Great Plan of Happiness
12/9—Lecture 4, “Worlds Without End