I’ve started working on a story featuring Americans who left the organized church after being raised in conservative Evangelical or fundamentalist homes. The idea is to provide depth to statistics that reveal that despite the best efforts of the Moral Majority generation, America is now the least religious that it ever has been at any point in its history. Christian authors have attempted to address the trend; Unchristian by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons is, in my opinion, the first project by Christian authors that reflects a thorough attempt to understand it. Unchristian is an excellent book. However, I believe there’s a need for ex-Christian answers to the questions being raised by those still in the church. For those of who left, but aren’t willing to subscribe to the Richard Dawkins School of Secularism, the search for a replacement community is complicated, and has broader implications for America’s sociopolitical reality.
At some point I’d like to turn these stories into a book, but for now, I’m working on a long-form article. If you’d like me to include your story, please send a brief introduction to the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org.