High profile faith loss deteriorates faith I’ve lambasted David Bazan in the past (gosh, I’m a child of the 2000s) because he kind of made a living off of losing his faith and selling records to kids who were on the edge of or over the edge of faith. I have to admit, as David wrestled with doubt, I found a lot of it appealing—especially in college, as I was wrestling with my young faith and figuring out who I was going to be next. I appreciate David’s artistry, but I think he has lacked some responsibility for deepening people’s doubts. I don’t blame him because I really do think his art is just a matter of self-expression, just like I don’t blame the recent celebrities like Josh Harris (who wrote a popular anti-dating book in the 1990s) or Marty Sampson (a megachurch music artist) for declaring their loss of faith either. I think they are sharing what’s going on with them, maybe they are floodlighting a little, but for them I think it’s an authentic expression.