Dealing with a loss of faith and the will to live

Studies show a salutary influence of religion on mental health. But what happens when believers lose faith?

Losing one’s religious faith may be liberating for some people, but for others it is like being an exile and a castaway. PHOTO: ST FILE

The young man came from a Christian family and of parents who were missionaries. He was intelligent and sensitive, and read a great deal, particularly on science, which he loved. Growing up, he was a passionate Christian.

But at some inexplicable point, he started asking himself questions about the perennial problem of evil, and these questions turned to negations and grew into a crisis of faith from which he emerged bereft of his Christian faith.

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