Guest blogger Kieran at the de-conversion blog summarizes a plethora of de-conversion stories. Seems all but one story he read cast the blame for the de-conversion to Christian authority figures failing to give a good answer to a simple question. The one exception was when the future atheist was actually won over by a clever atheist's answers.
Here's the rub. These de-converts, seems all young people, didn't get reasonable answers to their simple questions. My question is if they were still asking simple questions, what had they converted to in the first place? Uncertainty? Certainly not Christianity. Imagine this:
Boy asks: Uncle Fundie, why is the sky blue?
UF responds: 'Cause the Lord God made it that way, kid. [OK, dumb answer]
Boy thinks to himself: That's a dumb answer. I think I'm going to become an atheist.
I have asked Kieran to point me to one example of a de-conversion story that starts with a conversion. I'll follow up if in fact he can find one. Do keep in mind that "I taught Sunday School for 20 years" and certainly "I went to seminary" do not constitute a conversion. :-)