REDDING, California — With anti-Mormon attacks threatening the faith of some Mormons, a volunteer organization offers timely help by answering critical charges in a faithful manner. Their latest effort is a new book aimed at helping believers defuse faith-shaking claims.
Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and the polygamous followers of non-Mormon Warren Jeffs are just two recent events that have drawn negative and often unfair media attention to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Adding to the confusion are Internet sites that target Mormons in the hope of creating doubt and disillusionment through a selective presentation of the evidence. Accordingly, some believers — unaware that faith-shaking claims have been answered time and again — have abandoned their former religions convictions.
Shaken-Faith Syndrome provides answers to several of the most popular LDS-critical arguments, and examines the underlying misconceptions that contribute to deconversion.
The late LDS Apostle Neal A. Maxwell expressed concern that critics shouldn’t be allowed to make “uncontested slam-dunks.” In 1997, the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR) — a volunteer organization — was established to take that advice seriously.
On Monday, FAIR announced the publication of Shaken-Faith Syndrome: Strengthening One’s Testimony in the Face of Criticism and Doubt by Michael R. Ash (www.ShakenFaithSyndrome.com).
Ash explores ways that Mormons can be both critical thinkers and devout believers. He advocates a faithful yet more nuanced understanding of religious issues, and explores the limitations of science and history. This FAIR-published book sells for $19.95.
FAIR, or the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (www.fairlds.org), is a tax-exempt 501 (C) 3 Corporation staffed by faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who seek to defend the Mormon Church, its leaders, teachings, and practices
from inaccurate or deceitful criticism. Staffed almost exclusively by unpaid volunteers, FAIR seeks to provide well-researched and -referenced answers in an easy-to-understand format.