Life After Christian Fundamentalism


Life After Christian Fundamentalism

Recovering from the side effects of Christian fundamentalism is not easy.

•The ongoing fear of Hell
•Rejection from family members
•Ongoing guilt
•Loss of community

If you can relate, join.
This is not a debate group.

Members: 496
Latest Activity: Dec 4, 2016

Welcome to "Life After Christian Fundamentalism."

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This group was born out of my meeting with Nate Phelps during the American Atheist Convention in Atlanta.

My wife Angela and I took Nate and his fiancée Angela out to enjoy the evilness of The Varsity. Almost instantly we hit it off, and felt like we had been friends for years. Not only did we have similar backgrounds, but we all shared the desire to help others who were leaving Christian fundamentalism.

I asked Nate to write about his experiences in Atlanta on my blog Life Without Faith. He graciously accepted and you can read it here.

As support for this group, Nate has graciously allowed Atheist Nexus to post the entire transcript of his Atlanta speech. It is long, emotionally moving, and a must read. Check it out here.

Below is a documentary on Nate's Family entitled, "Fall From Grace." Play All Videos In Order (8)

Here is a recent news story featuring my former church:

Brother Richard

Nate's Website: Nate Phelps
My Personal Website: Life Without Faith

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Comment by Rich Goss on January 1, 2013 at 1:07pm

Steph, I was just thinking about that piece.  All Barbara did was read the Bible and use a  magic marker on all the stupid and/or crazy quotations.  It’s beautiful in its simplicity.


Here’s a favorite of mine I was thinking about:


Deut. 25:11,12 - A woman who seizes a man's genitals, even to defend her husband from an attacker, must have her hand cut off.


What weird mentality could come up with a moral directive like the above?  Let me get this straight, I asked my self.  My wife and I sitting by the fireplace enjoying the pleasures of connubial life, when the door opens and some intruder, some guttersnipe, barges in. 


You, being closer to the door, bravely jump up to confront the trespasser and by accident in the heat of the turmoil, happen to grab his dick!  I then jump up and hit the blackguard with a frying pan that just happens to be handy to fry hot dogs in the fireplace. 


Knocked out cold, we blow the whistle; the authorities come and carry the malefactor off to jail.  


But then by the Bible’s direction (it is the word of God, you know, so I must obey) I sadly say, “I’m sorry, my dear, but Deuteronomy 25: 11,12 commands me to you’re your hand off at the wrist so you won’t be able to grab any more dicks, (and if it were a big one, schlongs.  Yiddish can be so handy sometime.)


No wonder human history is so screwed up.  There’s no moral guide other that this Bible  horseshit.


If anyone would like to read Barbara’s entire compilation, it’s the epilogue to Mirror Reversal.  Click on the “Atheist Novel” to the right.  It’s worth five bucks just to read the entire list.  It doesn’t get any funnier and crazier than this.  Albert Camus had it right, “The world is surreal.” 



Comment by Steph S. on January 1, 2013 at 11:11am

Thanks Richard for posting bible morality. The bible has no morality as anyone who reads it can clearly see.

Comment by Chris Loren on December 17, 2012 at 12:07am

Love the title....Life after Christian is way better

Comment by Steph S. on July 17, 2012 at 12:15pm

Cool Richard I will look into buying that book ans thanks for all the posts.

Comment by Rich Goss on July 17, 2012 at 11:52am

Del, Thanks for the comment.  Barbara's allowed me to use Bible Morality as an epilogue to Mirror Reversal.  Just click on the "Atheist Novel" ad to the right.  "Most information and entertainment you could possibly buy for five bucks." 

I told Barbara, "I love it.  It knocks them on the head with their own beliefs."  lol 


Comment by Del Watts on July 17, 2012 at 10:54am

Hi, new here...and I just want to say, the content in the comment below about "Bible Morality" has blown my mind!..I had no idea :\

Definitely going to buy that book.. Thanks for posting.

Comment by Rich Goss on July 4, 2012 at 9:11am

Jason, now that you’re out of a mental cage you can form your own opinions.  I was told in Catholic school that life is meaningless without God.  Rubbish. 

Generally speaking, as we take on a more Darwinian worldview, we see mankind as just another mammal capable of thought.  We’re a step ahead of the chimps, you might say.  The fact that we evolved out of nature gives us plenty reason to live.  It’s been my contention on these boards that once mythology is behind us, humans can continue to evolve.


Comment by Franklin Bacon on July 4, 2012 at 8:43am

It is most odd that religions attempt to practice psychology without having pertinent studies at hand.  We are brought up from very early in formative years, or when in a life crisis, given "answers" based on the desires of primitive authority figures or ancient clergypersons.  Every scientific study that confirms a new method of thinking about issues makes us stop and reassess our former beliefs, but religion is immobile and stagnant, adding nothing to the discussion.

Comment by Jason Allen Skelton on July 4, 2012 at 7:50am

I struggled in my Christian faith for many years, with wild swings in both positive and negative directions.  After more than 30 years of faith, last year I decided to make a conscious decision to step away and explore other religions.  Living in such an un-diverse un-inspiring area, finding a new religion ment choosing methodist over southern baptist.  In doing so I was ashamed, embarrassed and the guilt became unbearable.  I wasn't an Atheist, I just put an end to my "relationship".  So for a little more than a year my shame and my guilt grew.  A couple nights ago I found the answer I've been searching for.  An amazing couple hosting the West Alabama Free Thought Association agreed to meet over dinner.  They listened to my troubles.  They LISTENED.  They cared.  These aren't the Atheist I was taught about in Bible School.  This couple let me reach my own conclusions as we discussed some of the major themes of guilt, shame and religion.  Last night after another wonderful dinner I sat at the park contemplating everything that I learned and compared it to everything I know and believe.  If there is no god, there is no sin.  The realization was hard to swallow.  But I felt the shackles loosen their icy grip.  I could finally breath.  An idea dug in.  How can one be happy, in the grip of a religion that centers around fear and guilt.  One can not be free in slavery.  Today truly feels like the first day of the rest of my life.  I expect good days will blend with the bad days.  I expect tragedy will match against wonderment.  But Right now it feels good to be free.  And I am not ashamed.

Comment by Selina Mannion on May 5, 2012 at 10:32am

hey guys I am writing a book on people leaving their religion. I left islam and my story will be included. about 15 pages is deal. I am creating an anthology will on story from each religion will be included. if I have an takers PLEASE message me


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