In Good Faith
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A young man, M, comes to London in the late 90s, just as New Labour has swept to power, and an optimistic spirit has taken hold in Cool Britannia. M is there to study radical Christianity at Europe’s largest super-church. What unfolds is truly shocking.
Once inside this powerhouse of charismatic religion, where the belief is that the world is just about to be converted or go to hell, he discovers not all is as it seems. His doubts about the church and in his own faith grow.
The story explores the dangerous power of charismatic leaders, as seen in the modern phenomenon of charismatic Christianity, but also how many believers allow their personality and sexuality to be crushed voluntarily.
This book is not a polemic against religion, but a personal story. It does contain a warning against the inherent risks of a milieu where fanaticism is the norm; where obedience is angelic and a critical attitude demonic.
The story is partially based on the author's own experiences within a super-church. His journey of self-discovery took off when he discovered that even the senior minister had a closet with more than just skeletons in it.
About the Author
M. W. Hagerup has worked as a reporter and freelance writer in Norway, writing several published short stories and scripts for short-films. He has lived in England since 1997, and from 2010 worked as a translator and editor.
Hagerup studied English language and Literature at The University of Trondheim, Norway, and was a post-graduate student of 18th Century English literature, critical theory and translation there and at King’s College London.
Hagerup has had an inside view of life in a Christian sect from the age of fourteen to twenty-nine. This book was a process of catharsis, and the author hopes it might help others find honesty in their faith, or non-faith.