When I was younger, my father had me accept Jesus into my heart. Currently, I consider myself a Humanist.
My older brother, who was also the only person in the world I trusted, died when I was a teenager. I was devastated and began a search for the meaning of life. My older sister joined the Charismatic movement around that time and pulled me in. This was in 1975. I spent the next 25 [...]
Of all of the negative aspects of religion, I have found none of them to be more profoundly damaging to human dignity and self-respect than the threat of Hell for non-believers.
Read Recovering Fundamentalists founder Drew Stedman’s story of recovery from evangelical fundamentalism.
Read about recent examples of Christians spreading inaccurate stories of religious violence in Africa and Barack Obama’s “secret Muslim agenda”.
By Frank Schaeffer
Other boys might have been worrying about baseball; I was worrying about discerning God’s will for my life. Ours was a life of self-examining spiritual intensity.
The testimony of my deconversion is tied to my conversion story. Both events were planted in the same revelation – a conversation my mother had with me as a young boy. That conversation is etched deep, painfully deep, in my consciousness.
The Laminin Protein is being used by Christians to “prove” that their god is the creator of mankind.
Laminin is a protein with bonding qualities. The bonding provided by this protein plays a vital roll in our molecular structure. This has lead Christians to say that “Good keeps us together”.
I know what you’re going through. Really I do. Partly because I’ve been there and partly because you are facing the same things that all of us face.
I have to admit, for years I had wondered how anyone could defend homosexuality in light of certain passages of the Bible. But that was before 2004, when I did an honest study of those passages and discovered misinterpretations and before I learned that several words in those passages are almost certainly mistranslated.
My historical studies reveal today’s church views on sex have more to do with Greco-Roman Platonism and Augustine’s warped perspective—despite his wisdom on other topics—than a rational reading of scripture.
This is the context of my state of sincerity during my struggle with faith and eventual “falling away”.
I learned one of the warped mindsets of heavily financed political activism is an us vs. them mentality. Today, this attitude continues to fuel the Christian Right in their quest to save America from moral depravity and reclaim it for Christ.
I was spiritually abused by Jerry Falwell. I attended Liberty University, his Nazi-like concentration camp college in which rock music, attending movie theatres, single dating and long hair was banished. I’m proud of the fact I survived.
I author two blogs, Hot-For-Jesus Former Fundie and teandoranges. I hope that by telling my story others will be encouraged to tell theirs.
As a younger man, I wanted to be a pastor. Not to have a position of power, but just to help other people and make a difference. As an older man, I’ve called bullshit on religion and felt enormous freedom in letting go of old ways and religious beliefs, while still keeping my morals and values. It feels great.
As a brand-new believer in 1979 I tended to accept the pre-tribulation Rapture view that the Bible predicts Jesus would return a second time before a period of tribulation, to whisk believers up to heaven and leave unbelievers behind to face seven years of apocalyptic trials.
With some notable exceptions, most evangelicals I know primarily read the Bible devotionally, meaning they read it in a superficial way without regard to the conditions of history, culture, genre, or its own literary context. They also believe it is the infallible Word of God and expect God to speak to them personally through its message.
Surprise! Jesus didn’t found an institutional church. For that matter, he didn’t found a religion either. He also didn’t expect his followers to set up a Christian version of the synagogue, let alone create a parallel Christian universe where microbrews are banned.
I got down on my knees confessed my sins, repented as much as I knew how, and accepted Christ into my heart. It was a mind-altering experience for me. In my mind’s eye I visualized the Creator of all physically with me in the room. I felt overwhelmed with what I believed was a personal and direct manifestation of the LORD. I cried and cried. The emotional cleansing and reality of that moment has never left me, and as I write about it now, it comes alive once again.
I just realized a new, deeper level of understanding of my anger towards my family, and it has shaken me up.
I am the black sheep, the exchristian. ALL the other family members are still fundamentalist believers – my parents and five siblings, with two doing missionary work.
This is my ’spiritual’ or more accurately, ‘psycho-spiritual-reflective’, autobiography I wrote for my senior seminar in theology class in college. I’ve since revised it and will continue to as my life unfolds. Hopefully some people can find it helpful and/or relate partially to it. I encourage everyone do this reflection ‘exercise’, as I found it incredibly helpful and life-giving. The art of knowing thyself (for theological/psychological purposes or just in general) is so important and yet very undervalued in our busy-busy culture.
Visit my blog at jasherwilliamson.wordpress.com for more reflections on issues of recovering from fundamentalism, religious addiction, healing, grace, etc.
I am at peace with myself and my ‘version’ of God! bless you all in your journey!
By Frank Schaeffer
I get lots of email and answer almost all of it (crank letters aside). Once in a while I get a letter I’d like to share. In this case here’s a letter that I think might help all of us remember that stereotypes about religion — Evangelical or otherwise — don’t apply to a lot of people.
By Frank Schaeffer
Here’s the Prologue for recoveringfundamentalists.com Contributor Frank Schaeffer’s new book Patience with God: Faith for People Who Don’t Like Religion (or Atheism). Read the prologue to discover why this book may not be what you expect.
By Drew Stedman
Somewhere deep within our soul
We wanted to be known
We were alone.
“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” – Mahatma Gandhi
I have come to the conclusion in my studies that the Bible is a collection of hand-me-down stories, and letters of dreams, reflections, hopes and aspirations and letters of rebuke and reproach…written to others DURING THEIR LIFETIME.
“When we hear the ancient bells growling on a Sunday morning we ask ourselves: Is it really possible! This, for a jew, crucified two thousand years ago, who said he was God’s son? The proof of such a claim is lacking.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
Most modern Christians allow women to speak in church. Some of them even go out to Red Lobster for Sunday dinner! Isn’t it about time we got back to Biblical principles… like punishing this abomination by death?
By Drew Stedman
Much of Christianity condemns homosexuality. Is this righteous stand bearing the fruit of good works? Sure. If you consider suicide a good thing.
By Drew Stedman
Is homosexuality a choice? Does it occur in nature? It can’t lead to procreation so it must be unnatural right? This post includes portions of a conversation with a fundamentalist who believes that homosexuality is a sin. This will be part of an ongoing challenge to the traditional arguments used in favor of regarding homosexuality as sinful and damaging to society.