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Vern Loomis

Vern Loomis is an alumnus of Michigan State University (1972) and currently resides in the Detroit area with his wife and daughter. He occasionally writes on topics that interest him, or on news/current events that he can't resist commenting on. To that end his articles have been featured in The HumanistThe Dissident VoiceTranscend Media ServiceCounterpunchThe Church of the Apathetic Agnostic, and ZNetwork.

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The Great Dechurching and the Elephant in the Nave

Jim Davis' and Michael Graham's The Great Dechurching: Who's Leaving, Why are They Going, and What Will it Take to Bring Them Back? is an insider's look at why so many people in the United States—40 million in the last 25 years—have stopped attending church. In this article, Vern Loomis argues that, much to the chagrin of religious pollsters, declining belief in religious doctrines is at least one of the major factors driving this exodus. Loomis raises a lot of important questions that, when one reads between the lines, suggest this alternative perspective of what might be compelling the exodus.