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Hauna Ondrey and I spoke at Willow Creek’s excellent TruthQuest forum last Friday night. A good size gathering of folks came out for nearly two hours — on a rainy night — for our session. (Hauna and I wrote Finding Faith, Losing Faith: Stories of Conversion and Apostasy. It was our first public discussion of the ideas in our book.
As some of you may know, Hauna was one of my students a few years back and is now in seminary. I was proud of her presentation and know that she’s just beginning her speaking career.
TruthQuest is an excellent forum at Willow Creek. It’s theme: all questions are welcomed; no questions are banned. I’ve seen as many as 300 people out for TruthQuest, and so I’m glad Andy Martin has volunteered to head up this ministry. The next two sessions will be led by Jerry Root from Wheaton College and by Judson Poling.
Anyway, Hauna made a presentation on why it is that so many Catholics leave their heritage and make the move into the evangelical church. My presentation was on the chapter about why people walk away from the faith. We had good questions and a wonderful evening. The issues discussed in this book are not light. Yes, at a theoretical level it is interesting and challenging to map the reasons why people make the religious moves they do. At the personal level, though, families are disrupted, personal lives are dramatically changed, and the realities of loss of faith leave some families crushed.
Thanks, Andy and TruthQuest for inviting Hauna and me to share in this important forum.

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Ted M. Gossard

posted September 20, 2008 at 1:40 am

Yes. I just picked up that book on Friday at Eerdmans, The Bookstore. Can’t wait to get in it. Good to learn some more about Hauna here.

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posted September 20, 2008 at 9:15 am

That book sounds intriguing. Hopefully you will also make presentations about it elsewhere.

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Angie Van De Merwe

posted September 20, 2008 at 11:24 am

I think that “spiritual formation” is a dangerous area to try to “control” when it comes to another individual’s life. There are too many complexities of the person and of future events that are beyond our knowledge and/or ocntrol. We should not presume upon another’s life that way, no matter what you think God’s call to you personally is…So, organizations need to plan their “goals” without specific lives in mind (unles those lives are informed).
I think spritual formation is mostly advanced through education, which is natural exposure to information and opportunities to experience the humanities. But, the advantage of an education still depends on the mind-set of the individual, in whether they are open to new information or whether they think they “know it all”…

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