Faith is always changing, says Christopher Chabris, author of a new book about faith in the 21st century.
His faith is a constant in a world of change, but it can also be a source of comfort, he says.
“When we look at the world as it is today, faith is not necessarily the most reliable guide to how the world is changing, but I do believe that faith is part of that, especially as it relates to faith in America and the world.”
Chabris grew up in a family of Christians, and his faith is based on a foundation of belief in Jesus Christ.
“He never really left, he stayed with us, even when he was in prison,” he says of the late pastor, who was killed in a car crash in 1995.
Chabrs faith is shaped by his upbringing in New York City, where he says he was taught to believe in God and a literal interpretation of scripture.
Chabrs childhood was marked by his father, who lived in Brooklyn and was a member of a religious cult that was notorious for killing people for being in the wrong church.
“My father was the one who got the idea that it was a bad idea to leave New York,” Chabras father, Mike, says.
He was also taught that Jesus was the son of God, and that he was to “take the cross and die for his sins.”
Mike, who also grew up Jewish, says his father’s teachings shaped his beliefs.
He says he never doubted Jesus Christ, and, when he died in prison, he didn’t believe he had ever forgiven his sins.
“It just made me feel like the world was unfair, and I just knew that,” he said.
Chbros faith was shaped by the experiences of his family, and he says, “I learned how to accept and love others as they were.”
Chbros book, “Faith is a Constant” was published by HarperCollins.