"I wouldn't ever say I chose to be an atheist. In fact, I tried really hard to convince myself back."

Absit Invidia: No Offense Intended

June 1, 2019

Painfully prepared disciples are prone to crises of faith. By painfully prepared I simply mean hurt by judgmentalism and it's frequent companion hypocrisy.

Losing faith is always about coming to the conclusion that Christianity is no longer true. In other words, deconve...

April 9, 2019

There is a third way in which well meaning parents and church leaders set up believers for a crisis of faith. I call it being half-baked and it results in being ill-prepared to deal with the realities of life. In this case the half-baked label is attached not so much t...

January 23, 2019

Prior to the three most recent posts (which came from my interview with Randal Rauser), I was unpacking the second aspect of A Recipe for Disaster, the preparation phase. I began by pointing out there are three ways in which we unintentionally prepare believers for a c...

December 31, 2018

This is the third and final installment in my interview/conversation with Dr. John Marriott on the issue of Christians leaving the faith to become atheists. Here are links to the first installment, “The Problem of Christians Becoming Atheists,” and the second installme...

December 26, 2018

Part 2 of my interview with Randal Rauser, professor of historical theology at Taylor Seminary.

In this article, I continue a conversation with John Marriott on Christianity and atheism based on his new book, A Recipe for Disaster. In part one, Dr. Marriott summarized s...

December 17, 2018

This week I did a three part interview with Randal Rauser, professor of historical theology at Taylor Seminary in Edmonton Canada. Below you will find the first installment. We will return to addressing alternatives to the Recipe for Disaster, shortly. 

A central g...

December 12, 2018

Previously I pointed out that when it comes to the loss of faith, there are a number of personality traits that make it statistically more likely that a person will leave the faith than remain in it. There isn't much that can be done about those except to be aware of t...

November 21, 2018

In my previous post I noted that the process of losing faith is like a recipe. Recipes consist of three parts, the ingredients, the preparation and the cooking environment. The ingredients are the personality traits, and personal values that individuals possess. The pr...

November 9, 2018

I want to send out a short post about the core ideas contained in my new book on deconversion. In October I published a book entitled:

A Recipe For Disaster: Four Ways Parents and Churches Prepare Individuals to Lose Their Faith and How to Instill a Faith that Endures (...

September 30, 2016

I have been blogging about the context out which deconversions often emerge. Last week I mentioned that many stories shared by deconverts contain aspects of fundamentalism. I shared Dani’s story as an example of a person who lost her faith and touched on the role that...

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