You may have heard ex-Christians (or at least ex-Evangelicals) using the word “deconstruction” to describe their exit from faith, or leaving one strict brand of faith.
I don’t think this term is helpful. It lacks an organic sense of the emotional-rational process a person takes when walking away from their faith. In fact, even using words like “process” or “walking away” may not be the most accurate.
And that’s really my point. Each person has the right to use any terms they wish to describe their deeply personal journey away from a belief system or faith community. It can take years to find the words to explain what happens when an individual makes the critical decision to “walk out the door.” After many years, I’m still finding new ways of “telling my story.”
To “deconstruct” suggests dismantling or systematically demolishing a faith as if it’s a building, a “constructed” house. I get it. I simply don’t think that term, whether originating in theology or secular thought, does good service to the “journey” out.
If you have left faith, or in the process of leaving, what words do you use?
Does “deconstruction” really tell the story?
What do you think?