So many of us have been given bad answers to good questions — questions about God, suffering, prayer, fate, science, justice, and more — often by people with pure intentions.

But we needn’t stop with those pat answers. You have permission to take both Christianity and the modern world very seriously, and this podcast will introduce you to people from across the Christian spectrum engaging these timeless and difficult questions in various ways


The Importance of Curiosity (#183) You Have Permission

In an episode topic that should surprise no listeners of this show (ha!), Lore Ferguson Wilbert joins me today to discuss her book "A Curious Faith: The Questions God Asks, We Ask, and We Wish Someone Would Ask Us." Lore (pronounced “Lori”) aims to champion curiosity, especially in faith settings where doubt and asking questions aren't often encouraged or even allowed. She says, “Curiosity is kindness because it leads to healing". We cover some mechanisms that inhibit curiosity, like cultural taboos, technology, fear of the unknown, and partisanship. Lore’s Website: “A Curious Faith” Book: “My Grandmother's Hand” Book by Resmaa Menakem: Northwind Seminary: ___________________________________________ Follow Dan on IG: Or Twitter: Faith deconstruction resources: Edited by Josh Gilbert ( — he is accepting more work!) Join the Patreon for exclusive episodes (and more) every month: Email about the "sliding scale" for the Patreon: YHP Patron-only FB group: Website: Join Dan's email list: Artwork by Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  1. The Importance of Curiosity (#183)
  2. "Loving the Hell Out of Ourselves" (#182)
  3. Worries About Deconstruction – Josh Porter (Showbread) (#181)
  4. Working Out Trauma Through Music (#180)
  5. Empty Altars: American Saints in a Cynical Age (#179)
  6. Rapture Culture & Mainline Futures (#178)
  7. The Good of Religion Without the Bad? (#177)
  8. All About Bible Canonization (#176)
  9. Orphaned by Evangelicalism (#175)
  10. Helping Kids Know God in Healthy Ways (#174)