Shattered Faith: The Social Epistemology of Deconversion by Spiritually Violent Religious Trauma

In Michelle Panchuk & Michael C. Rea (eds.), Voices from The Edge: Centering Marginalized Perspectives in Analytic Theology (2020)
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In this chapter, we argue that it’s possible to lose your faith in God by the actions of other people. In particular, we argue that spiritually violent religious trauma, where religious texts are used to shame a person into thinking themselves unworthy of God’s love, can cause a person to stop engaging in activities that sustain their faith in God, such as engaging in the worship of God. To do this, we provide an analysis of faith, worship, and love on which to have faith in God is to have an attitude of worship to him; to have such an attitude of worship to God is to love him; and to love God is to desire union with him. We apply this analysis particularly to the case of LGBT Christians and their experience in the church today.

Author Profiles

David Efird
PhD: Oxford University; Last affiliation: University of York
Joshua Cockayne
University of St. Andrews
Jack Warman
Universidad de La Frontera


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