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William Lobdell's trip of faith—and doubt—may be the main compelling non secular memoir of our time. Lobdell grew to become a born-again Christian in his past due 20s while own problems—including a failed marriage—drove him to his knees in prayer. As a newly minted evangelical, Lobdell—a veteran journalist—noticed that faith wasn't coated good within the mainstream media, and he prayed for the Lord to place him at the faith beat at a massive newspaper. In 1998, his prayers have been spoke back while the Los Angeles Times requested him to write down approximately religion.

but what occurred over the following 8 years used to be a roller-coaster of proposal, confusion, doubt, and soul-searching as his reporting and reports slowly chipped away at his religion. whereas reporting on enormous quantities of news, he witnessed a aggravating hole among the tenets of assorted religions and the behaviors of the devoted and their leaders. He investigated non secular associations that acted much less ethically than corrupt Wall St. organisations. He chanced on few changes among the morals of Christians and atheists. As this proof piled up, he began to worry that God didn't exist. He explored each doubt, each question—until, ultimately, his religion collapsed. After the paper agreed to reassign him, he wrote a private essay in the summertime of 2007 that turned a global sensation for its sincere exploration of doubt.

Losing My Religion is a booklet approximately life's inner most questions that speaks to all people: Lobdell is aware the longings and satisfactions of the trustworthy, in addition to the unrelenting strength of doubt. How he confronted that energy, and wrestled with it, is needs to analyzing for individuals of religion and nonbelievers alike.

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William Lobdell's trip of faith—and doubt—may be the main compelling non secular memoir of our time. Lobdell grew to become a born-again Christian in his past due 20s while own problems—including a failed marriage—drove him to his knees in prayer. As a newly minted evangelical, Lobdell—a veteran journalist—noticed that faith wasn't lined good within the mainstream media, and he prayed for the Lord to place him at the faith beat at an incredible newspaper. In 1998, his prayers have been responded whilst the la occasions requested him to jot down approximately religion.

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Scripture—the Bible—was a major source of them because, at least to a close reader, the Word of God contains contradictions, bizarre laws and hard-to-believe anecdotes. For me, the Bible was a puzzle I hadn’t figured out yet. I found great · 49 · WILLIAM LOBDELL wisdom in Scripture when I cherry-picked the passages. Among my favorites: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. ” (Joshua 1:9) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Not · 54 · A N S W E R E D P R AY E R S too long ago—within living memory of some—the centuries-long conflict between Protestants and Catholics still had sharp edges in the United States. When Al Smith was the Democratic nominee for president in 1928, vitriolic anti-Catholic literature and speakers flourished. ) Republican operatives spread the rumor that Smith was secretly extending the Holland Tunnel 3,500 miles to the Vatican. Today, evangelicals and Catholics still have an uneasy relationship, with many evangelicals viewing Catholics’ devotion to the papacy and their praying to the saints as unbiblical, at best.

Could a reporter who’s a Democrat cover a Republican presidential primary fairly? (Indeed, the overwhelming majority of national political reporters are Democrats. Republican candidates are suspicious of them, and though I believe a liberal slant slips into media coverage, most of the bias reflects the laws of the marketplace. Bad news is easier to report, and it sells. Scandals and controversy get a lot of attention, regardless of party identification. ) And what about sports writers who report on their favorite team?

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