Monday, May 24, 2010

Dissatisfaction of Faith...

To many, any idea that there may ever be a time of dissatisfaction in faith would be to warrant an anathema. To others there is a reality that in the development or maturing of their faith an individual may have a sense of dissatisfaction that left unacknowledged can be disturbing and ultimately debilitating.

Alan Jamieson looks at this dissatisfaction and suggests that it can include a very strong sense of two or more of the following.
  • Disenchantment: this is the sense of not enjoying activities of faith that have previously been very personally rewarding.
  • Disillusionment: this is the sense that for different reasons they feel let down , sad, perhaps cynical, and often quite destructive in their view of their faith, the faith of others and, maybe, church.
  • Disengagement: this is the sense that they feel they are no longer connected, interested or involved in what is going on in the church, its structures and its direction, or within the church community.
  • Disidentification: this is the sense that they no longer identify with the church, the activities, the worship and the people there and begin to observe as an outsider would.
  • Disorientation: this is the sense that they don’t know where they belong any more. This is often coupled with a sense of having lost their bearings, their anchor, and, perhaps, even their identity.

Jamieson, A. (2008:22). Chrysalis: The Hidden Transformation in the Journey of Faith. Carlisle: Paternoster.

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