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dc.contributor.authorWright, Bradley R. E.en_US
dc.contributor.authorGiovanelli, Dinaen_US
dc.contributor.authorDolan, Emily G.en_US
dc.contributor.authorEdwards, Mark E.en_US
dc.contributor.editorSimkins, Ronald A.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-11-26T18:10:01Z
dc.date.available2014-11-26T18:10:01Z
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.citationWright, Bradley R. Entner; Giovanelli, Dina; Dolan, Emily G.; Edwards, Mark Evan. (2011), Explaining deconversion from Christianity: a study of online narratives. Journal of Religion & Society, 13.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1522-5658en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/64291
dc.description.abstractThis article examines the written narratives from fifty former Christians. In these narratives, drawn from an online community of deconverts, the writers described their experiences with and explanations for leaving the Christian faith. Several themes emerged as to why they left, including: intellectual and theological concerns, a feeling that God had failed them, and various frustrations with Christians. The writers gave little mention to non-Christians as pulling them out of the faith. These narratives emphasized external, rather than internal, attributions for the deconversion. They also identified primarily "push" rather than "pull" factors as the cause of deconversion. While some narratives outlined the costs and benefits of deconversion, others told of seeking moral rightness regardless of the cost.en_US
dc.publisherRabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center, Creighton Universityen_US
dc.rightsThe journal is open-access and freely allows users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of all published material for personal or academic purposes.en_US
dc.subject.otherConverts from Christianityen_US
dc.subject.otherReligious attitudesen_US
dc.subject.otherEx-church membersen_US
dc.subject.otherInternet--Religious aspectsen_US
dc.subject.otherUnited States--Religionen_US
dc.titleExplaining deconversion from Christianity: a study of online narrativesen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.rights.holderRabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center, Creighton Universityen_US
dc.description.volume13en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraskaen_US
dc.title.workJournal of Religion & Societyen_US


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