How to be uncomfortable: Faith and toxic perfectionism

Jana Riess is a senior commentator and author of the popular column Flunking Sainthood for Religion News Service. Sharing her personal experience with writing critical commentary on an aspect of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ teachings, Riess stumbled into a strong backlash and an opportunity to re-think her opinion. Then she did […]


Jana Riess is a senior commentator and author of the popular column Flunking Sainthood for Religion News Service.

Sharing her personal experience with writing critical commentary on an aspect of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ teachings, Riess stumbled into a strong backlash and an opportunity to re-think her opinion. Then she did what sometimes seems unthinkable in the public sphere – she apologized and reconsidered.

Jana Riess spoke with Beliefs producer Jay Woodward about the experience.