On June 29, 1969, Reverend Father James Stathakios was ordained as a priest of the Orthodox Christian Church. For decades, he would preach God's word to his congregation, even as he faced his own spiritual crisis.
A freethinker, Father Stathakios walked into the catacombs of faith with many questions. College educated, he found the church's anti-intellectual properties galling. He questioned why the Holy Bible should be given precedence over the world's many other holy scriptures and why different sects of Christianity seemed bound by conflict instead of love.
All this Father Stathakios struggled with in secret, fulfilling his role as priest while quietly wondering if what he had believed for most of his life was true.
Doubts: Confession of a Priest is more than Stathakios's personal story-as intriguing and thought-provoking as that story is. Stathakios's thoughts are also a challenge to Christians everywhere to examine their faith, their church, and their God.
When you face doubt, you can choose to deny it, accept it, or struggle with it to find a deeper meaning. Stathakios chose to struggle. In doing so, he discovered much about his relationship with the religious and secular worlds.