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While questioning and doubting may lead to an anguished abandonment of faith or spirituality - or atheism - they may also save them, albeit in critically transfigured forms, hopefully in more thoughtful and therefore more believable forms. In order to determine whether the author's radical-secular Christianity is informed by an idolized Reason, people need to first specify how Reason can be idolized. The idolizer would impose upon Reason 'godlike' properties, such as omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence. An idolized Reason pretends to be able to definitely answer all the Big Questions. Dogmatic atheism is likewise stricken with hyper-rationalism, denying itself the epistemic openness and humility that maintains its rigour. Reason is certainly not configured and deployed in this context as all-knowing - on the contrary, it recognizes its limits when it comes to Big Questions like divine existence, remaining open-minded about such possibilities.