002: Are the Stereotypes True About Mormons who have a Faith Crisis?

In this episode, Dr. John Dehlin, Margi Dehlin, and Natasha Helfer Parker discuss the common stereotypes regarding Mormons who have a faith crisis. These stereotypes include: 1) That they were offended. 2) That they were weak and/or never really had a testimony. 3) That they wanted to sin 4) That they were exposed to anti-Mormon literature, podcasts, or individuals.

001: Making Peace with Mormonism

Join us now for episode 1 of “The Gift of the Mormon Faith Crisis” Podcast, wherein John Dehlin, Margi Weber Dehlin, and Natasha Helfer Parker discuss the importance of having gratitude for, and making peace with our Mormon past.

What are the Most Difficult Aspects of a Mormon Faith Crisis?

The following is a list of the most difficult aspects of a Mormon Faith Crisis, aggregated from this blog post: MarriageComing out to my spouse a a non-believer.Navigating a mixed-faith marriage.Receiving an ultimatum of having to choose between leaving the clutch or staying married.My spouse won’t speak with me about the church, and we end up arguing any time we …

Seeing the Atonement of Jesus through new eyes

For most of my life I felt deeply attached to the Christian teachings regarding sin, and the need for an atonement via Jesus Christ. “I Stand All Amazed” was my favorite hymn as a youth. In one sense the atonement is an ok teaching – in that it acknowledges that we all make mistakes. For some, this can encourage humility …

Assessing the Mormon Church Using Steven Hassan’s BITE Model for Cults

Steven Hassan is the world’s leading expert in cults.  He wrote a book called “Combating Cult Mind Control,” which provides a framework for assessing how cult-like an organization is (or isn’t).  He has developed the BITE Model – which categorizes cult-like behavior into four domains: Behavior Control, Information Control, Thought Control, and Emotional Manipulation and Control. While most experts agree that …

Benefits of a Mormon Faith Crisis – The Mega List

Friends – So many Mormons I meet experience significant fear when they go through a faith crisis – and yet so many of us who have successfully made it through a Mormon faith crisis will claim that it’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to us. So…..I think we should work together to see if we can collectively …

Steps for Organizing a Mormon Faith Crisis Workshop/Retreat

For the past few years we have organized several very successful workshops and retreats to support Mormons in faith crisis/transition.  These events are consistently rated 4.9 out of 5.0, and we are continually told that they have been incredibly valuable in domains such as: Helping to save marriages, including mixed-faith marriages. Helping to rebuild lives during and after a faith …

How Religions Develop

Many (most?) world religions seem to fit a similar formation pattern: The human condition: As humans, we have brains capable of complex thoughts, emotions, relationships, etc.  The birthplace of religion (in my view) begins with our feeling lonely and afraid/vulnerable, worrying about our safety and the safety of family and friends, wondering about the meaning and purpose of life, seeking …