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A Recipe For Disaster

 

Four Ways Churches and Parents Prepare Individuals to Lose Their Faith and How They Can Instill a Faith That Endures.

 

By John Marriott

Imprint: Wipf and Stock

Category: Sociology of Religion

The statistics speak for themselves; record numbers of individuals who at one time identified as Christians are deconverting from the faith and identifying as unbelievers. Why is this happening and what can be done to prevent it? A Recipe for Disaster seeks to answer those questions by focusing on the four ways churches and parents unwittingly contribute to the deconversion process. By over-preparing, under-preparing, ill-preparing, and painfully preparing those they are responsible to disciple into mature believers, churches and parents instead set them up for a crisis of faith that all too often leads to the loss of faith. In response to each of the four methods of poor preparation, A Recipe for Disaster offers A Recipe for Success, four alternative methods of preparation designed to instill lifelong faith.

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The Anatomy of Deconversion

Keys to a Lifelong Faith in a Culture Abandoning Christianity

By John Marriott

Imprint: Abilene Christian University Press

Category: Sociology of Religion

Believers are abandoning the faith. But why? Atheism is on the rise. What, if anything, can be done to prevent this trend? The Anatomy of Deconversion goes to the source of these issues and gives readers a broad picture of the deconversion process. Learn why believers lose their faith, and, perhaps more importantly, discover why so many former Christians claim to be happier, freer, and more fulfilled as unbelievers than they were as Christians. No one fully escapes the pitfalls in life that create a faith crisis. However, learning to navigate these times of crisis is the key to developing a grounded, flourishing faith.

Based on data gleaned from first-person interviews and written narratives, The Anatomy of Deconversion uncovers the reasons, processes, and impacts of deconverting from Christianity. Unlike other books that address the topic of deconversion from a purely theological perspective, The Anatomy of Deconversion takes a multidisciplinary approach. In doing so, it provides the only comprehensive account of deconversion available today.

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Going...Going...Gone..!

Why Believers Lose Their Faith and What Can be Done to Guard Against It

 

By John Marriott

Imprint: Renaissance Publishers

Category: Sociology of Religion

Studies repeatedly report that Christians are losing their faith in ever-increasing numbers. At the same time, the numbers of those identifying as non-religious are growing at rapid rates. Surprisingly, those abandoning the Faith are not confined to immature believers. Pastors, missionaries, seminary students, along with informed Bible students identify as deconverts.. Having a loved one walk away from a faith they once embraced can be troubling and raises important questions that need answers.

Going...Going...Gone..! Seeks to provide insights as to why individuals leave the Faith. Based on interviews with deconverts and hundreds of written narratives, Going...Going...Gone..! offers practical advice on how parents and church leaders can avoid the common pitfalls that stumble and ultimately cause believers to fall away from their faith. 

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Before You Go

 

Help and Hope For Those Struggling With the Loss of Faith

By John Marriott & Shawn Wicks

Imprint: Leafwood Publishers

Category: Christian Living

There are a number of nonrational factors operating “off our radar”, as it were, that can cause us to have serious reservations about the truth of Christianity. Likewise, there are common assumptions and expectations that appear in deconversion narratives that also function as catalysts for unbelief. These factors operating under the hood of our conscious awareness can serve as the source of surface-level objections and doubts. Responding to the surface-level objections is important, but addressing their source is essential to dealing with the doubts that lead to deconversion.

 

To that end, we’ve identified four common nonrational sources of doubt that are often the cause of common objections to the faith that deconverts found persuasive. In addition, we also look at four common assumptions and expectations that generate doubts that undermine faith. In each of the eight chapters we provide an analysis of the issues and offer constructive ways to meet the challenges head on.