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'Losing' faith

Published February 16, 2013 1:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

I enjoyed Peggy Fletcher Stack's "How love and faith can grow, even when one spouse stops believing" (Tribune, Feb. 10), about how couples deal with differing opinions on faith-based beliefs. As a father who was once deeply invested in faith-based beliefs but transcended to the inspiring realities of science and rational thinking, I relate with the unique challenges it brings to a relationship.

Each situation is unique, and change is always difficult. Establishing common priorities after a major change is challenging and can cause conflict.

The ministers quoted in the article seemed tolerant of a spouse "losing faith," but not of parents changing the religious inculcation of their children. This troubling attitude marginalizes what is clearly a parental decision.

Moving beyond faith-based beliefs is not "losing" something; it can lead to intellectual freedom and spiritual enlightenment.

Thomas Bolz

Cottonwood Heights

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