Popularized writing in the past few years has made a big deal out of the terms “nones” and “dones.” Of these, dones is the newest category.I believe we need at least one more. I would add to dones the category of “gones.” (Gones is not yet popular enough to show up in spellcheck as a legitimate word. It will later.)
What is the difference between gones and dones? Gones is about leaving or having left organized Christianity, but not being over it yet. Similar to Freddy Krueger of the A Nightmare on Elm Street movie series, they may be back. In this case it would be good news if gones come back.
Dones is about being finished with organized Christianity with the claim to never go back. It reminds me of Paul Simon’s 1975 hit song entitled 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover. At times dones leave their first love.
I would relate the gones to the dechurched. These are people who have been driven away from congregations or other forms of organized Christianity.