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“I’m deconstructing.” Yet another social-media post announces departure from the Christian faith. The cause could be sex, race, politics, social justice, science, hell - or all of the above. For many, Christianity is becoming implausible, even impossible to believe. While it might be tempting to leave the church in order to find answers, Before You Lose Your Faith argues that church should be the best place to deal with doubts. 

Featuring contributors such as Claude Atcho, Rachel Gilson, Jay Y. Kim, Brett McCracken, Karen Swallow Prior, Derek Rishmawy, and Jared C. Wilson, this book shows deconstructing need not end in unbelief. In fact, deconstructing can be the road toward reconstructing - building up a more mature, robust faith that grapples honestly with the deepest questions of life.

©2021 The Gospel Coalition (P)2021 The Gospel Coalition

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I wanted to bang my head against a wall throughout this book. it would say all the things wrong about christinaty and then say well it doesn't matter because Jesus/god loves you. say nothing in the bible is true and then say well it doesn't matter because God is never wrong.
I feel like they were trying to oppress people's feelings the entire time. they said question the faith but you're wrong for doing so.

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The overall narration was well done and deserves the 5. The structure was fine and gets a 4. My issue is mostly with the way some of the information is given. Not always, but in more than a few chapters the writers seem pretty assumptive with motivations as to why people deconstruct. More-so in the first half (maybe even the first 3/4) of the book. Granted, people do leave over hurt or dislike of certain doctrines, as I have plenty of old friends that did just that. But there seemed to be an “elephant in the room” over people leaving over history, science, and/or contradictions in Scripture (or the legitimacy of the Canon). These, at least in my circles of people who are no longer believers, seem to actually be huge reasons for deconversion.

The writers touched on it here and there with some empathy, others out right insinuated that those probably aren’t the “real” reasons why.

Just came off as pretty disingenuous. This wasn’t perpetrated by all the contributors, but certainly several.