Faith After Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do About It

Faith After Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do About It

by Brian D. McLaren


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From the author of A New Kind of Christianity comes a bold proposal: only doubt can save the world and your faith.

"Will help you live fuller and breathe easier..” —Glennon Doyle

Sixty-five million adults in the U.S. have dropped out of active church attendance and about 2.7 million more are leaving every year. Faith After Doubt is for the millions of people around the world who feel that their faith is falling apart.

Using his own story and the stories of a diverse group of struggling believers, Brian D. McLaren, a former pastor and now an author, speaker, and activist shows how old assumptions are being challenged in nearly every area of human life, not just theology and spirituality. He proposes a four-stage model of faith development in which questions and doubt are not the enemy of faith, but rather a portal to a more mature and fruitful kind of faith. The four stages—Simplicity, Complexity, Perplexity, and Harmony—offer a path forward that can help sincere and thoughtful people leave behind unnecessary baggage and intensify their commitment to what matters most.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250262776
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/05/2021
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 30,717
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

A former college English teacher, Brian D. McLaren was a pastor for twenty-four years. Now he’s an author, activist, public theologian, and frequent guest lecturer for gatherings in the U.S. and internationally. His work has been covered in TIME Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and many other media outlets. The author of more than 15 books, including Faith After Doubt, he is a faculty member of Living School at the Center for Action and Contemplation. McLaren lives in Florida.

Table of Contents

Preface: Permission to Doubt vii
Introduction: Moments of Terror xiii

Your Descent into Doubt
1: Doubt as Loss 3
2: Doubt as Loneliness 13
3: Doubt as Crisis 24
4: Doubt as Doorway 31
5: Doubt as Growth 41

All in Doubt
6: Doubt as Descent 59
7: Doubt as Dissent 74
8: Doubt as Love 89
9: A Human Problem 103
10: Faith, Beliefs, and Revolutionary Love 116

Life After (and with) Doubt
11: Communities of Harmony 131
12: Theologies of Harmony 147
13: Spiritualities of Harmony for the Rising Generation 159
14. Harmony as a Survival Strategy 174
15: A Civilization in Doubt 187
Afterword: You’re Not Crazy and You’re Not Alone 206

Acknowledgments 221
Appendices 223
I. The Four Stages of Faith 223
II. Before Simplicity: Stage Zero 226
III. Integration of Stage Theories 229
IV. Resources for Doubters 231
V. Spirituality Through the Stages 235
VI. Guidelines for Groups and Classes 237

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