Dropouts

There are many reasons people are not affiliated with any church or religious organization. Many members of a religion continue with the group they were raised in during their youth.  If one is not raised in a religion, it is not unusual that, as an adult, one remains churchless.  Others raised in a particular religion as adults no longer find that organization fulfilling any need in their lives.  Many people who do attend churches do so for primarily social reasons, i.e. they find a social bonding in their membership.  For such people, if the religion in question ceases to fulfill that function, they may become churchless.  I suspect that some people raised in a particular religion conclude as adults that they simply cannot support the principles of their former faith and in consequence become religious dropouts.  Rigid church doctrines on contraception, abortion, divorce, gay marriage, etc., account for many dropouts.



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