Being skeptical can be a good thing. It can protect us from believing things that aren’t true. But being skeptical is very different than being cynical. Cynicism is an attitude that distrusts the motives of others. It’s a negative outlook on life and relationships that makes it difficult to believe in anything. While curious skepticism may have a place in a life of faith, cynicism can be destructive. And yet, the church is full of cynical people. Discover the roots of religious cynicism, why it hurts us, and how your outlook can be transformed.