In 2008 I went through what is now fashionably called ‘faith-deconstruction’. I find the use of the word deconstruction confusing as I have always known it to refer to the postmodernist technique of identifying binary opposites in texts. It seems that deconstruction when applied to faith means to take one’s faith apart critically and then either reconstruct it in a way that suits one better or to discard it for another worldview.
Fortunately, my year of deconstruction finished with a resumption of my Christian faith that now rests on firmer intellectual foundations. However, as I had spent a lot of time during that year of doubt reading atheist writings, I rediscovered the intellectual interest in atheism that I had had as an undergraduate when I read works on religion by David Hume and Bertrand Russell.