The Dones

A new book by Josh Packard and Ashleigh Hope discusses Church Refugees. It has the intriguing subtitle, Sociologists Reveal Why People Are Done with Church but Not Their Faith.

The authors focus on a subset of the increasing category of persons who respond to opinion polls by saying they have no religious belief–the subset of people who were once extremely active church members and who now no longer attend church. One reason these folks left was that they felt “judged” by fellow parishioners. They also felt weighed down by the endless meetings and other bureaucratic baggage of the modern church.

Whatever their reasons, these Nones are now Done with church. And the church is poorer without their energy and leadership. —J. Douglas Ousley


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