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Old 4th January 2018, 11:04 AM
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Default Leaving Religion: A Qualitative Analysis of Religious Exiting

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Religion has been a part of society for thousands of years and touches every life on the globe. Despite this, religious non-affiliation is one of the fastest growing religious identities, and is currently the third largest globally. There has been research into the religious “nones” and conversion, but there has been less focus on the factors and process of leaving a religion. This study looks at the stages of religious exiting with a comparison to Helen Ebaugh’s stages of role exit. Through a qualitative analysis of an online survey (n=610) and interviews (n=17) several themes emerged. The main factors that influenced a person to leave a religion are: logic, religious rules, specific events, and education; the majority of participants self-identified as analytical and utilized thought experiments, education and research to advance their exiting. While other role exits are defined as when an individual announces their exit, religious exiters are often unable to “come out” as an “ex.” Instead they are closeted exiters who exit internally, while outwardly maintaining a religious facade. These exiters, as well as those who are fully “out,” were tasked with developing a new self-identity after exiting, including self-reliance and self-thought. Religion is not openly discussed in society or among families, making exiting a private ordeal. Whether closeted or otherwise, participants described the process of religious exiting as isolating and lonely. Religious exiting hardly ever has a clean break, and those who experience it are longing for a way to share their stories.
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Could have given the atheist forums a bit of a mention.

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Could have given the atheist forums a bit of a mention.

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Americans, old bean. Sometimes they can't see past their borders.
Or indeed within. The Atheist Experience in Austin, Texas. To name just one of many.
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