09/12/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A Visit With Bill Lobdell, Author of Losing My Religion

For years Bill Lobdell covered religion for the Los Angeles Times and, sadly, if his experience is any guide, spending too much time poking around the underbelly of American religion can be lethal to one's faith. According to Bill, he saw too much and could no longer handle belief in a God who would allow so much evil to be perpetrated against other human beings, sometimes by religious leaders invoking the name of God.

Bill recently stopped by the Bully! Pulpit Show and we had an interesting conversation about his book, Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America-and Found Unexpected Peace, in which he chronicles his experiences and his journey from belief to unbelief.

You can see the full interview here

Bill asks compelling questions and all of us, whatever our beliefs, can learn from his experiences. In particular, I think religious leaders should pay careful attention to Bill and his book.