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Understanding Deconverts

Having a friend or loved one leave their faith can be disheartening and confusing. It is often very difficult for those who remain believers to understand how someone they know and care for could renounce their beliefs and depart from the community of faith. And yet, it happens more often than one might realize. 

 

With that in mind, I have created this page to assist those who are seeking to understand the how's and why's of deconversion. Below you will find my contributions on the subject as well as articles and websites that I have found helpful. It is my hope that through these resources those who are seeking to come to grips with the deconversion of a loved one will find a means of orienting themselves in the midst of what can be a distressing experience.     

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Off Site Articles

What Leads Young Believers to Resent Christianity?

How Living Counter-Culturally Can Lead to the Loss of Faith 

A helpful article on the importance of engaging with the stories of former Christians. Particularly helpful is the reference to the work of James Fowler and the book by Reba Riley, entitled Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome. 

Published in the Atlantic, this article summarizes the findings of The Fixed Point Foundation's survey of former Christians on college campuses across the United States. The article sheds light on why college students left their faith and identified with secular student ministries on campus.  

The story of Huffington Post contributor, Jessie Golem who lost her faith is a difficult read for Christians. But this article will help provide some insight for those who are seeking to understand how someone could walk away from their faith. Reading about Jessie's experiences and perspective may help shed light on how an individual can get to the place where leaving their faith can be liberating. 

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