Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt

We live in an age of doubt, but we need not be overcome.
When we are planted in the Savior, we can be nourished as much
by our questions as by the answers.”

For all its beneficial advances, our secular age has also weakened some people’s ties to religious belief and affiliation. Latter-day Saints have not been immune to this trend. In recent years, many faithful Church members have encountered challenging aspects of Church history, belief, or practice. Feeling isolated, alienated, or misled, some struggle to stay. Some simply leave. Many search for a reliable and faithful place to work through their questions.

You can find such a place in Patrick Q. Mason’s Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt. This book gives people who struggle with questions—and people who love those who struggle—practical ways to stay planted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Rather than attempting to answer every possible question or doubt, Planted presents an empathetic, practical, and candid dialog about the relationship of doubt and faith.

About the Author

Patrick Q. Mason

Patrick Q. Mason is the Howard W. Hunter Chair in Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University. He is author of The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South (Oxford University Press, 2011), which examined anti-Mormon prejudice against 19th century LDS missionaries. He is a nationally recognized authority on Mormonism with regular appearances in media outlets including the New York TimesLos Angeles TimesWashington PostChicago Tribune, ABC News, National Public Radio, and PBS.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Faith and Trust in a Secular Age
  • 2. Testimonies
  • 3. Foolishness and Scandal
  • 4. Unicorns and Rhinoceroses
  • 5. A Principled Approach to Church History
  • 6. In All Patience and Faith
  • 7. Abide in the Vine
  • Interlude: A Meditation on “Doubting” Thomas
  • 8. The Church Is True
  • 9. When Church Is Hard
  • 10. Embracing Mormonism
  • Postlude: Conversations and Celebrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Suggested Reading
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Publication Information

  • Publication Month: June
  • Publication Year: 2016
  • Language: English,
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-62972-181-1
  • Page Count: 219
  • Binding: Paperback, eBook
  • Price: $ 15.99
  • Imprint: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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