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It's interesting to me how much of this interview resonated with me as someone who grew up in a conservative evangelical world and saw the closing of any progressive leanings when I was at the university as an English major in the early 90s. As a mainstream Christian, I had an easier out, there were other options; I was able simply--that's a loaded term, only took about 15 years--to switch to a mainline church where I and my ideas were welcomed with open arms. I still have trouble negotiating the past world of friends and family, though, and I, too, married outside the faith. There were many reasons for my choice, but when Brooks said, "I knew I needed a marriage that would keep me safe" I suddenly grasped a truth about my own marriage that I had never put into words. So, thanks for this.