Social media is filled with stories of well-known Christians who have deconstructed their faith or are in the process of doing so. Some deconvert from Christianity entirely. Others identify themselves as “exvangelicals” who now advocate a progressive form of Christianity. … Continue reading How to Help People Who Are Deconstructing Their Faith | Influence Podcast￼
The New York Times recently published a story about a well-known pastor’s son who had deconverted and was using social media to criticize the faith he once — and his father still — confessed. I read the story with conflicting … Continue reading The Anatomy of Deconversion | Book Review
Between 1972 and 2018, the percentage of Americans who identify as Christian declined, while the percentage who claim no religious affiliation increased by nearly 500%. This growing segment of “nones” is younger than the general population, but Ryan Burge writes … Continue reading Everything Church Leaders Need to Know about Nones | Influence Podcast
Today, over at InfluenceMagazine.com: I draw lessons for Christian leaders from the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R_LA) about the connection between hateful words and violent deeds . Elizabeth Rios continues her series, “Church Dropouts,” with three ways to stop the … Continue reading Thursday’s Influence Online Articles
Over at Black, White and Gray, Bradley Wright is writing a series of posts on deconversion, answering the question, “Why do Christians leave the faith?” Here are the posts so far: “The Fundamental Importance of Apologetics” In reading through these testimonies, and understanding how many of the former Christians linked their departure from the faith to these intellectual and theological concerns, I started wondering if the Church has an incomplete appreciation of the role of apologetics. Typically, the defending of Christianity encompassed by apologetics is aimed at non-Christians, helping them to understand the faith as removing their objections to it. … Continue reading Why Do Christians Leave the Faith?