Thought on the Irrationality of the Deconversion Process

A fact that I find fascinating, and a fact which serves as a clue that many Christian converts to atheism are emotional and less-than-fully-rational in their de-conversion process, is the fact that many Christians who become atheists do so in one fell swoop, moving from, say, Evangelical Christianity to atheism very quickly (if not almost instantly), and yet the reason that this phenomena is so interesting is because it provides a clue as to the fact that the de-conversion process is indeed less about clear-headed rationality than about emotionality, for not only is it the case that there is no necessary connection between dropping one brand of Christianity and moving directly to atheism, but it is arguably irrational to do so given the various other rational positions–other forms of Christianity (such as Catholicism or Orthodoxy), philosophical theism, deism, etc.–which exist on the theistic spectrum between one type of Christianity and atheism, and so a rational person should not move from Evangelical Christianity to atheism as if there are no cogent positions to choose from in-between, and the fact that so many converted atheists do do so does indeed hint that their motivating driver is not pure reason, but emotionality and potentially a deep dislike and deep hurt at God (by contrast, I, personally, could never move to atheism, for knowing what I know, I find the arguments for at least some form of deism/mere theism too compelling to ever drop to atheism, and so even if I rejected Christianity, I would not jump down to atheism as if that were the natural progression of the de-conversion process); now, in fairness to these converted atheists, it does need to be said that it is little surprise that they less-than-rationally jump from one form of Christianity directly to atheism if their jump to Christianity was based on less-than-rational reasons, and so what this means is that it is indeed incumbent on all Christians to learn and appreciate the rational reasons for deism and/or theism not only as soon as possible after becoming Christians (or during the process to become Christians), but definitely before making the decision to leap directly from Christianity to atheism.


2 thoughts on “Thought on the Irrationality of the Deconversion Process

  1. For me, the move from christianity to atheism can be a quick process as it does not take long to realise christianity does not really have any answers.
    Emotionally, I can understand the process being a long one. Logically, it shouldn’t take so long.


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