The Authors of the book turn their attention to the five original interviews they did in 2010. Of the five only four returned to interview again a couple of years later. All four were still in their ministry positions even though they don’t believe. I was originally going to take these people one at a time but decided against it because there were basically several similar themes to all their stories.
1) All of them in some way or form were still involved with the ministry. They had not left their ministry completely and in a couple of cases were still stepping into the pulpit. Only the last one I read was truly mournful of this as he felt it was truly deceptive. All of them justified this though in the fact they have little or no employment opportunities outside the ministry.
2) All of them indicated some form of desire to still do good with their positions for others, but the notion that good coming from actual belief in Christ was almost non-existence.
3) All of them had one thing I noticed that they did not. They all rejected their faith and made little or no effort to really to find an alternative other than non-belief. I mean one said he came to not believe because of his desire to relentlessly pursue a defense of his faith but he made his faith one thing instead of looking at the fact that what he had accepted as his faith might not be the right faith to have.
This is the common thread I find in all of these people who reject their faith. They think they have arrived at the true understanding of what their faith should be and when that gets shattered they think the only logical conclusion is that their faith must not be true at all. There seems to be no questioning of the reasoning behind their faith being faulty and perhaps their perspective on their faith being wrong. At least the authors never seem to bring this out if they did have this struggle.
Next is the last chapter which deal with the double shell of religion.