Former Needing God contributor Paul Maxwell is leaving the Christian religion
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Paul Maxwell, a former contributor to John Piper's hugely popular apologetics website Desiring God, has announced that he will no longer be a Christian.
Maxwell holds a PhD in philosophy from the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is a past professor of philosophy at the Moody Bible Institute. He currently works for Tithe.ly, a church tithe app.
He wrote dozens of articles for Desiring God between 2014 and 2017, many about dating, relationships, and issues affecting Christian men.
However, in an emotional Instagram Stories video, he revealed that he is no longer a Christian.
In the video, he fought back tears as he told his friends and followers that he was happy and thinking about his next move.
"What I really miss is connecting with people," he said.
“What I discovered is that I'm ready to reconnect. And I'm kind of ready not to be angry anymore. I love you guys, and I love all of the friendships and support I've built here.
“And I think it's important to say that I'm just not a Christian anymore and it feels really good. I'm really happy.
"I can't wait to find out what kind of connection I can have with all of you beautiful people as I try to figure out what's next.
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"I love you guys. I'm in a really good place. Probably the best place of my life. It's the first time I've been so full of joy. I love my life."
He also revealed that some people had told him he was going to Hell now, but added that he wasn't mad at them.
"I'm just saying," I know you love me. "I know, and I receive it as love," he said.
"I know that you care about the eternal state of my soul and you have overcome the social awkwardness of telling me this because you don't want me to suffer. And that's a good thing. That's a loving thing."
"And I hear where you're from, and I respect your perspective."
A number of high-profile Christians have given up the faith in recent years, including Joshua Harris, writer of I Kissed Dating Goodbye, Marty Sampson, Hillsong worship leader, and more recently Jon Steingard, front man of Hawk Nelson.
When Harris left the faith, he said, "A lot of people tell me that there is another way to practice faith and I want to be open to it, but I'm not here now."
In 2019, Sampson publicly wrestled with his Christian faith before shocking the universal Church with his decision to end it.
"It was amazing to be one of you, but I'm not anymore," he said at the time.
"I love you all and I always will. I will remember how much I love Christians, even if they don't love me, I will always love you. Sorry for the bad words I ever say about any of you said forgive me. I love you all. "
Steingard now describes his spirituality as "curious" and organizes a video discussion series on his Instagram page in which he talks about life, faith and Christianity.
He recently wrote on Twitter: "I no longer call myself a Christian, but the Bible has never fascinated me so much. Has anyone else had this experience?"