A surprising trend I see from ex-Mormons is the abandonment of faith altogether. Specifically a rejection of Jesus and the Bible. I’ve got no hard stats on that matter, but it seems that people who reject Mormonism (not simply go inactive) overwhelmingly become atheist or agnostics. The trend is so stark it’s caused me to seriously question the fruit of counter-Mormon arguements.
Disaffection is not a specifically Mormon phenomena. People become disaffected from all churches for all kinds of reasons. I’ve personally become disaffected with churches I formerly attended and have resigned my membership. But in the Evangelical world disaffection doesn’t so frequently equate with atheism. Evangelicals most typically find a new church home. Even in the most serious cases of hurt caused by a church Evangelicals will seek ways to worship Jesus without the church, but they still pursue Jesus.
I’m interested to hear from Mormons why this takes place. I have my own theories, but I’d like to hear Mormon thought on this trend. I’m not bemoaning that ex-Mormons don’t become Evangelicals, I think we have plenty to share in the blame for that. But there are a great many non-Evangelical Christian options that ex-Mormons reject just as easily. Why does a loss of faith in Mormonism lead to a loss of faith in Jesus?