Many Struggles with Faith Are Based on Mormon Culture, Not Doctrine, BYU Professor Says

“There’s a pretty key difference between a healthy striving toward trying to become like our Savior, realizing that the only way to do that is to yoke ourselves to Christ through covenants, and thinking that you need to become perfect on your own,” BYU associate psychology professor Scott R. Braithwaite said.

Scott R. Braithwaite, an associate psychology professor at Brigham Young University, discussed the psychological component to crises of faith in a BYU Education Week presentation on Monday, August 21.

“Fundamentally what this is about is people, and I think that having an understanding of people maybe helps to understand some of what’s going on and also helps us to understand what we can accomplish,” Braithwaite said.

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