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Doubter’s Parish

Updated: Oct 10, 2023

“I finally admitted to myself the painful truth—the church of Jesus Christ (past and present) has miserably failed to live up to its ideals. Clearly, the church as we know it is not what Jesus intended.” – Martin Thielen


Rev. Martin Thielen, spent nearly four decades in parish ministry. He struggled with doubts regarding doctrines and tenets of Christianity and the toxic and dysfunctional ways of the institutional church. After retiring he founded Doubter’s Parish, a “digital parish” for people grappling with traditional beliefs and institutional religion in the modern era. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree and is the author of eight books including, 'What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian?.' Rev. Thielen has written for The Christian Century, The Circuit Rider, ProgressiveChristianity.org, and other outlets. He is the author of the recent article 'My Long Farewell to Traditional Religion (and What Remains).'


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