Rawlings School of Divinity
Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics (MA)
John S. Knox
deconversion, Christian deconversion
Childress, Jeffery L., "The Toughest Apologetic: A Study on Christians who Deconvert" (2021). Masters Theses. 757.
Christianity is distinct from any other world religion, philosophy, or ideology in how it explains universal origin, meaning, destiny, and morality. The Christian message is also unique in promise of a personal and life-changing relationship with the Creator God. One can hardly deny the influence of the Christian faith has had on humanity over the past two thousand years. However, a growing number of those believers who once claimed commitment to the transcendent message and transformative power of Jesus Christ eventually rescind belief in their faith and renounce their deeply held spiritual convictions. This paper explores why people with roots in the Christian worldview completely shift their ideology and radically transform their perspectives to the point where they now consider their previous system of belief as evil and destructive.