They Can Leave the Church, But They Can’t Leave the Church Alone
Brie Sweetly

I read the article with interest since I know the author peripherally. As a biblical Christian (best “label” I can come up with), I found myself wondering if the author’s assertions would apply to me. I’ve certainly had her same sentiments expressed to me by other former Mormons, as well as former Roman Catholics, former Jews, and at least one other former professed biblical Christian (one of my sons). My son has also expressed anger at how we raised him, at least as it relates to some aspects of biblical Christianity, which flabbergasted us as, to our knowledge, our motives for what we did were with his best interests in mind. But I certainly understand feelings and emotions of abuse and betrayal by those who leave a religion in which they have invested so much. We are very thankful that despite our continuing differences of faith, my wife and I maintain, from our perspective, a good relationship with him and continue to discuss with him matters of faith and life and how faith affects the way we live. While we continue to believe in and espouse the existence of absolute truth, we recognize that no one can prove with certainty their position and that, indeed, that is the essence of faith-what is future and unseen. Every person lives by faith, even the agnostic and a — theist.

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