Review of Shaken Faith Syndrome

Reviewed by Eric Johnson

Michael R. Ash, a Mormon apologist who runs the website, has written a book he hopes will pacify those Latter-day Saints who are thinking about exiting the Mormon Church. He claims on the book’s back cover that “an increasing number of Latter-day Saints are encountering anti-Mormon material….Some arguments have caused a few members—even active members with strong testimonies—to lose their faith.” He concludes by saying, “This book is a must-read for any member or investigator struggling with challenging issues and doubt.”

While this article is not intended to be a complete review that engages every single point that Ash produces, I do want to take a look at a number of strategic points that he makes and show that, while many of the faithful may end up satisfied with his arguments, this will not cure the ailment he refers to as “Shaken Faith Syndrome” that troubles many thinking Latter-day Saints.