October 31, 2011
No. On rare occasion, I've returned to get some perspective on how different I've become--and I certainly receive it!
Yes. My close family has come leaps and bounds of their own.
Quite a few. After at last coming to terms with my own history, I've begun writing my Stanford doctoral dissertation in anthropology about people like us, ex-Christians. I'll only be gathering observations for that if I specifically ask you, however--or if you'd like to tell your story, please feel welcome to approach me.
I grew up Southern Baptist and got regularly beaten up at my Christian school for critiquing the anti-evolutionism. As a teenager, I converted to Mormonism because it was more liberal than what I was raised as. Leaving was long and arduous.