Guest Post by William Lobdell: As any religion writer will tell you, reporters on the faith beat get the nastiest hate mail and phone calls in the newsroom.
Massive loss of life in faith-based wars, Sexual repression, Religiously-based genocidesetc. A dose of healthy doubt might have alleviated or avoided such atrocities. In recent decades, faith groups have been divided over equal rights for womenabortion accessequal rights for gays, lesbians and bisexualssame-sex marriageetc.
On the horizon is a conflict over equal rights for transgender and transsexual persons. All of these conflicts will undoubtedly be resolved in one direction or the other during upcoming decades.
Lack of doubt causes people to hold tenaciously to a specific set of beliefs which may or may not be on the winning side. Honest doubt would greatly facilitate the resolution of conflicts more quickly, to the benefit of all.
Religious doubt may be dangerous to your health: Many studies have concluded that personal commitment to, and involvement in, a faith group can enhance health and lengthen life expectancy. However, some studies have concluded that the opposite can be true for some people who have negative experiences with religion.
The links among religious doubt, feelings of well being and health are complex. In a paper, Neal Krause and Keith M. Wulff comment that some: This perspective is captured in the work of Tillich, who was a well-known Protestant theologian.
This is evident in the following item that was taken from their widely-used quest scale, "It might be said that I value my religious doubts and uncertainties.
On the other hand, doubt: Can cause devout believers to disengage from religious practices such as prayer, from which they may have previously derived benefits. Can cause conflict with others in the congregation who have little doubt.In his essay Religion Beat Became a Test of Faith, William Lobdell (LA Times) painfully recounts how he lost his Christian faith after a career of reporting on the horrible crimes and hypocrisy.
Student Essay Contests. Nonbelief Relief, Inc. FFRF Chapters. Awards. An award celebrating “plain speaking” on the shortcomings of religion by public figures was inaugurated by the Freedom From Religion Foundation in William Lobdell – Photo: Greg Gilbert.
In This Section. William Lobdell is a former Los Angeles Times religion reporter and author of the fascinating and thoughtful memoir, Losing My Religion, about losing his faith as a .
Jul 21, · July 21, | William Lobdell | Times Staff Writer. WHEN Times editors assigned me to the religion beat, I believed God had answered my prayers.
As a serious Christian, I had cringed at some of the coverage in the mainstream media. Faith frequently was treated like a circus, even a freak show.
(Editor’s note: William Lobdell’s memoir—Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America—and Found Unexpected Peace—hits the bookstores Tuesday.) Without a Doubt, By William Lobdell When I wrote an essay for the Los Angeles Times in about how I lost my faith reporting on religion in America, I prepared for an avalanche of criticism.
Jul 21, · July 21, | William Lobdell | Times Staff Writer. WHEN Times editors assigned me to the religion beat, I believed God had answered my prayers. As a serious Christian, I had cringed at some of the coverage in the mainstream media.
Faith frequently was treated like a circus, even a freak show.