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Book Review: Faith After Doubt

Faith After Doubt

ST. MARTIN’S ESSENTIALS

Brian McLaren's Faith After Doubt “teaches us not to fear doubt and how to embody faith after doubt, with suggestions for reflection and action.”

Faith After Doubt Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do About It By Brian D. McLaren ST. MARTIN’S ESSENTIALS Brian McLaren was a pastor for 24 years. He recalls once standing in front of a mirror in the men’s room before he had to go preach and thinking, “I’m going bald. ... And I’m not sure if there really is a God.” McLaren is the author of multiple books, a speaker, activist, and public theologian who is one of the best-known voices in progressive Christianity. His latest book, Faith After Doubt, is deeply reassuring to anyone who questions their faith or the existence of God. McLaren grew up in a fundamentalist Christian religion, and shares his own path along doubt and discovery, as well as stories of people he’s met over the years who are struggling to reconcile their beliefs. Maybe they’re turned off by their church’s emphasis on money, or its hostility to LGTBQ+ persons. Sixty-five million adults in the U.S. have already dropped out of active religious attendance, for myriad reasons. But doubt, McLaren counsels, is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s a “blessed unrest …

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