It seems that just about everyone these days has a friend, a cousin, a spouse, or a child who is either considering leaving the Church or has already left. Every situation is different, but there are some general principles that apply in a wide variety of situations.
But the primary struggle for religious communities in the modern age isn’t about specific questions, answers, and doubts, it’s about what communities are willing to bear on behalf of their members. More specifically, it is the struggle over what counts as that which “must be borne and endured.” Worse than making questioning and doubting unendurable, we’ve chosen to make those who question and doubt unendurable.
Jacob looks at institutional religion’s tendency to marginalize some of its adherents by not treating them as adults who can face a world of constant change and suffering.
“In the recent rash of LDS news, I’ve noticed the issue of boundaries to be a bit of a common element.”