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: Marriage Coming 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 …

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 …

Why are people religious?

What in the world has made religion such a fixed and compelling part of human existence? In my experience, people are religious for one or more of the following reasons: Birth: They are born into it, and thus are indoctrinated to believe and obey at a very young age by their parents, extended family, and surrounding communities. Tribalism/Community:  Animals often …

The Gift of a Religious Faith Crisis

When you first experience a religious faith crisis, it can feel like a terrible nightmare — like your world has literally fallen apart.   It may feel for a time like you are lost, broken, and irreparably damaged.  In a word, a religious faith crisis can feel utterly devastating. And please don’t misunderstand me.  There are countless deaths that you will …