Joshua Harris, the author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye – a Christian guide to relationships – has left his wife and rejected his faith.
Written when he was only 21, the book sold nearly one million copies around the world after it was published in 1997.
According to the publisher, the book turned the Christian singles scene upside down, ‘with its inspiring call to sincere love, real purity, and purposeful singleness’.
Harris has, for some time, distanced himself from the essential ideas of his book. But now he has announced his separation from his wife and says he is no longer a Christian.
He has also apologised to LGBTQ+ people for contributing to what he calls a ‘culture of exclusion and bigotry’.
Harris announced on Instagram that he and his wife were separating after 21 years of marriage because ‘significant changes have taken place in both of us’.
Another Instagram message posted nine days later said he had ‘undergone a massive shift in regard to my faith in Jesus’.
He wrote: ‘The popular phrase for this is “deconstruction”, the biblical phrase is “falling away”. By all the measurements that I have for defining a Christian, I am not a Christian’.