Joshua Harris

Joshua Harris born Joshua Eugene Harris is an American pastor and author and is well known as the author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye (1997).

Joshua Harris born Joshua Eugene Harris is an American pastor and author and is well known as the author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye (1997). He explained what he believed at the time to be the biblical approach to dating and relationships. Harris was the lead pastor of Covenant Life Church, the founding church of Sovereign Grace Ministries, in Gaithersburg, Maryland from 2004 until 2015, when he stepped down to become a student at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia. Today, let’s explore the Harris facts in this article.

The author of Christian relationship guide says he has lost his faith


The American author of a bestselling Christian guide to relationships for young people has announced that his marriage is over and he has lost his faith. Joshua Harris, whose biblical guide to relationships I Kissed Dating Goodbye sold nearly 1m copies around the world after it was published in 1997, has also apologized to LGBT+ people for contributing to a “culture of exclusion and bigotry”.

In his book, Harris, a former pastor at a US megachurch, urged young Christians to reject dating for “courtship” under the guidance of parents and observing sexual abstinence. Young couples should not kiss, hold hands or spend time alone together before marriage, he said. Dating was spiritually unhealthy and a “training ground for divorce”, the book argued.

The book, written by Harris when he was 21, was widely circulated within evangelical Christian youth groups, helping to promote a “purity culture” and vows to preserve virginity until marriage. Harris later became a senior pastor in the Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, which he left in 2015. The church had been accused of covering up allegations of child sexual abuse by failing to report the claims to the police.

Last year, Harris disavowed the ideas in I Kissed Dating Goodbye, saying in a statement: “I no longer agree with its central idea that dating should be avoided. I now think dating can be a healthy part of a person developing relationally and learning the qualities that matter most in a partner.

“To those who read my book and were misdirected or unhelpfully influenced by it, I am sincerely sorry.”

This month he 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. Many people tell me that there is a different way to practice faith and I want to remain open to this, but I’m not there now.” He added: “I have lived in repentance for the past several years – repenting of my self-righteousness, my fear-based approach to life, the teaching of my books, my views of women in the church, and my approach to parenting to name a few.

“But I specifically want to add to this list now: to the LGBTQ+ community, I want to say that I am sorry for the views that I taught in my books and as a pastor regarding sexuality. “I regret standing against marriage equality, for not affirming you and your place in the church, and for any ways that my writing and speaking contributed to a culture of exclusion and bigotry. I hope you can forgive me.”

His bestselling book was to be discontinued because of its “flaws”, he said.


Who are the parents of Joshua Harris?

Recalling his early life, Joshua Harris was born in Dayton, Ohio. He is American by nationality and by faith, he is Christian. He is the son of Gregg and Sono Harris pioneers in the Christian homeschooling movement. He is the first of seven children. On his mother’s side, he is of Japanese descent.

The information about his education is yet to be revealed.

When did Joshua Harris pursue his writing career and church ministry?

  • Talking about his writing career, He published New Attitude, a magazine aimed at fellow homeschoolers, from 1994 to 1997. His first book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye was published in 1997 and has sold nearly one million copies worldwide, though, in 2016, Harris was interviewed as reconsidering the book’s prescriptions and apologized to people who said they had been hurt by them.
  • Subsequent publications include Boy Meets Girl (2000), in part describing his engagement to his wife, Shannon; Not Even a Hint: Guarding Your Heart Against Lust, released in 2003 and renamed Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is) in 2005; and Stop Dating the Church!: Fall in Love with the Family of God (2004). In 2018, his publishers agreed that the original book and two other follow-up books would not be reprinted once the current stock was depleted.
  • Harris’ book, Dug Down Deep highlights his passion for what he calls “Humble Orthodoxy.” It was released in early 2010. In it, Harris shares his own journey towards love for theology, and theological concepts that changed his life.
  • In 1997, Harris moved from Oregon to Gaithersburg, Maryland to be a “pastoral intern.” Here “C. J. Mahaney, a charismatic Calvinist and founding pastor of megachurch Covenant Life Church took Harris under his wing and groomed him to take over the church.”
  • Harris started Sovereign Grace Ministries’ New Attitude Conference for Christian singles in 1999, with inspiration and guidance from Louie Giglio, founder of Passion Conferences.


  • From 1999 until 2011 he continued frequently to organize and lead this conference, although in 2009 it was renamed “Next.” The primary focus of New Attitude was to equip young Christians with what organizers believe is the biblical truth of the gospel and to stress the importance of the church in the lives of all Christians. New Attitude’s focus is that the truth should be conveyed with humility and uses the term Humble Orthodoxy to represent this.
  • Harris assumed the role of senior pastor for Covenant Life Church in 2004 at the age of 30. In January 2015, he announced his resignation from that role due to a desire to broaden his views and connect to other parts of Christianity.
  • “Harris said the isolation of Covenant Life, and of a small cluster of churches of which it was a part, may have fed leadership mistakes, including the decision of pastors himself among them to handle a child sexual abuse case internally instead of going to the police.”
  • His brothers, twins Alex and Brett, lead the youth movement The Rebelution. Rebelution is a neologism defined by its creators as “a teenage rebellion against low expectations.”
  • In 2016, Harris settled with his family in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He permanently resigned from his position at Covenant Life Church.
  • On July 17, 2019, Harris announced on his Instagram page that he and his wife would be separating due to “significant changes that have taken place in both of us,” and on July 26, 2019, on the same page, elaborated that he no longer considers himself a Christian.


How many books were written by Joshua Harris?

  • I Kissed Dating Goodbye (Updated Version). Multnomah, 2003. ISBN 1-59052-135-8
  • Boy Meets Girl: Say Hello to Courtship. Multnomah, 2000. ISBN 1-57673-709-8
  • Not Even a Hint. Multnomah, 2003. ISBN 1-59052-147-1 (re-published as Sex Isn’t the Problem, Lust Is in 2005. ISBN 1-59052-519-1)
  • Stop Dating the Church! Multnomah, 2004. ISBN 1-59052-365-2 (re-published as Why Church Matters: Discovering Your Place in the Family of God in 2011. ISBN 1-60142-384-5)
  • Dug Down Deep Multnomah, 2010.
  • Humble Orthodoxy: Holding the Truth High Without Putting People Down Multnomah, 2013. ISBN 1-60142-475-4)

Who is Joshua Harris married to?

Reflecting on his personal life, Joshua is a married man. He was married to Shannon Boone Harris; a singer, songwriter, composer, and actress. The couple married in 1998 The couple shares together three children: Emma Grace, Mary-Kate, and Joshua Quinn. On July 17, 2019, Harris announced on his Instagram account that he and his wife Shannon Boone would be separating.

He wrote, “We’re writing to share the news that we are separating and will continue our life together as friends. In recent years, some significant changes have taken place in both of us. It is with a sincere love for one another and understanding of our unique story as a couple that we are moving forward with this decision. We hope to create a generous and supportive future for each other and for our three amazing children in the years ahead. Thank you for your understanding and for respecting our privacy during a difficult time.”

How much is Joshua Harris’ net worth? How tall is Joshua Harris?

As a writer, Joshua earns the sum of good money from his career. His net worth and salary are yet to be disclosed. Similarly, he has a decent height and weight. At present, we have a lack of information about Harris. In the case of revealed, we will let you know.

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