I’ve known a few couples who are both pastors but never known a pastor couple who left the faith together.
The link was written by the woman. She tells about trying to explain her loss of faith to others and the disbelief that came over faces. She said it was similar to the child who believes so firmly in Santa Claus is told there is none.
With the passage of time, it became harder for the two of them to reconcile what they saw and the cruelty of belief. She saw soldiers coming home from Vietnam without limbs but certain God would watch over them because they were in a just war.
Hurtful to her was the way women are treated both in the Bible and in the faith often today. What does a woman pastor say to a wife whose husband believes their faith allows her to be disregarded or abused?
When one stops setting aside the faith and requiring it to meet the same standards of believability as required in secular life, staying with it becomes an uphill battle. Even this couple with their dual commitment were unable to keep the faith.
I think there are two ultimate outcomes to preaching the super natural is the truth. One is that people will doubt such things and leave religion. The other, perhaps the most come over the 300,000 years of humans, it that another version of super natural comes along that is a better story than the current one.