- Paperback: 301 pages
- Publisher: FAIR; 1st edition (2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1893036081
- ISBN-13: 978-1893036086
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,548,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shaken Faith Syndrome. Strengthening One's Testimony in the Face of Criticism and Doubt Paperback – 2008
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In any case, if you're a Mormon who's having concerns and questions, this is a perfect starting point for strengthening a weakened testimony. Ash does a great job discussing issues in a frank, but faithful way. Robert Millet's "Holding Fast" is good too, but this is more in-depth and specific.
As a believing Latter-Day Saint who has grappled with these issues and done enough reading and study to assuage my concerns, I would recommend this book to anyone that wants a balanced few of the difficult issues that arise to challenge Mormon faith.
Update--I guess my understanding of apologetic was not exactly the dictionary definition. I thought and apologist was someone who found reasons for what they believe that were not based on research. I guess it covers people who do their homework and it just means they defend what they believe to be true. By that definition, I was wrong. This author apparently falls under that definition.
Well done Mike. Every Bishop and Stake President should own and read a copy. Very enthusiastically recommended!
He writes in the Foreword to this 2008 book, "The intent of this book is at least twofold. The first goal is to expose---or inoculate---members to potentially troubling issues in a faithful setting, thereby inoculating them against the damage that might be inflicted by critical attacks... The second goal of this book is to strengthen member testimonies by educating them in new perspectives and ways of understanding history, science, bias, prophets, and even personal revelation. Members who develop mature ideologies ... are less likely to be troubled by potentially sticky issues. Lastly, it should be noted that this book is targeted at the lay member ... it is hoped that the information contained in these pages accurately summarizes the scholarly material that has been produced."
Here are some additional quotations from the book:
"Even some modern-day Church leaders have forsaken the faith despite having had real testimonies." (Pg. 14)
"In order for the critics' DNA arguments to have any substance, they MUST argue that, according to the Book of Mormon, ALL Native Americans are the exclusive descendants of Book of Mormon peoples... If the Book of Mormon relates the history of small groups of Israelites who coexisted and intermarried with Native Americans, DNA science does not negate the authenticity of the Book of Mormon." (Pg. 53)
"Critics considered barley to be one of the things that 'Joseph Smith got wrong.Read more ›
The Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR) is an all-volunteer grassroots Latter-day Saint apologetic organization (here the word apologetic denotes efforts to explain and defend the faith). FAIR has produced a host of Internet articles, a very useful wiki, videos, and even DVDs (see [...]). It has also published Shaken Faith Syndrome. The author, Michael Ash, begins by addressing the reasons for personal apostasy. He focuses on those reasons that, when challenged, seem to result in "intellectual apostasies"--that is, the loss of faith brought on by LDS-critical arguments and accusations. Shaken Faith Syndrome shows how Latter-day Saints can be both critical thinkers and devout believers.
The book is divided into two sections. The first part deals with misconceptions that can make Latter-day Saints vulnerable to challenges to their faith. Ash examines the emotions and cognitive process that believers often engage when they are presented with what appear to be strong arguments that Joseph Smith was a fraud or that the Book of Mormon is merely fiction. Ash demonstrates that naïve and even what can be called "fundamentalist" assumptions, as well as unrealistic expectations of prophets, scripture, science, and scholarship, are often catalysts to testimony damage rather than the actual anti-Mormon arguments. Many members, for example, confuse tradition, rumor, speculation, and opinion with sound teachings.Read more ›
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I love this book. It's changed my way of thinking. I have used references from this book in my write works and in public speaking. It truly is a life changing book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A simplistic faith in true religion can save one--indeed, it can provide especially strong motivation for coming to Christ and keeping the commandments of God. Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by Val Larsen
my DH left the church 5 years ago and I would have LOVED this book then... Both of us read it and while he thinks it was 'a little too apologetic', I thought it was beautiful. Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by J. Wallace
HIgh expectations. for when it comes. It is not here yet. I anticipate that it will provide me with lots of answers that I can use in teaching my Sunday School class.Published on February 20, 2013 by Daleene Menning
The book is well written and covers most of the criticisms I've encountered. I would recommend it for families dealing with estranged members and their concerns.Published on December 5, 2012 by Joan Thomas
The arguments made here in this book answer most of the common issues brought up by critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and does a wonderful job in giving... Read morePublished on November 14, 2012 by Moose W.
It has been said that: "The greatest defenders of a faith are its greatest enemies because their subtlies engender doubt and stimulate the mind. Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by Wanderer
I decided to give this book a try due to the good reviews. The subject is of interest to me since I spend a fair amount of time responding to criticism of the LDS church. Read morePublished on March 28, 2012 by Jeffrey Van Wagoner