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), the second (also through Instagram) that he had left the Christian faith.
Harris’s journey of ‘deconstruction’ (his own word) appears complete.
It was about this time that Harris left his ministry church to pursue education, declaring in a sermon that now he sees there were “flaws in the system.” (As a fascinating, if tragic aside, when Rachael Denhollander, the Olympic gymnast, began to speak up about the abuse she had experienced, her church wanted her silenced, and she and her husband were eventually asked to leave their fellowship.
The first is the nature of the church he came from, the second is the nature of Christian Higher Education. Harris had been trained, and nurtured, under the direct tutelage of C. Maheny, once powerful and respected megachurch pastor.
Harris was, to my understanding, Maheny’s chosen successor.
The book also contributed to a broader movement that is sometimes called “purity culture”—a movement which prioritizes sexual purity in the ethics of the young, with the unfortunate effect of both minimizing other aspects of formation (character, charity, mercy, peacemaking, etc.), while idolizing sex and marriage.
When Harris wrote the book he was only 21 years old—hardly experienced enough to opine about relationships.
The first (through Instagram) that he and his wife would be separating (apparently amicably?