Hello all, first post... To give some background, I am not a complete writing noob. I've had some academic works published that may seem mundane to many of you, but I'm proud of them. For the past four years, as time has allowed, I've worked on what is going to be my first real piece of fiction. It started as a short story and ballooned out to a full novel-length piece. The setting is a sparsely-populated dark fantasy world. Without giving too much away, the main character is undergoing an identity crisis of a religious nature. As his faith waivers, so does his relationships. He once defined himself by his faith, but gets to a point in which he really struggles with who he is because he no longer holds to that faith. My biggest worry is that I am going to come across as being overly preachy. I don't want to come across as making value judgements about real-life issues in my book. I don't want to seem like I am condemning religion. To some level it is necessary for the plot, but I don't want to go over the top. I want this character to make a graceful transition from faith to a lack of it. How turned off are you by what you would call too much religious detail? What is "too much" in your opinion? Any advice or comments would be greatly appreciated. For what it's worth, I have no delusions of grandeur. It's not going on the best-seller list next week. I just want to tell a good story.