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

Discussion Forum

UU Church

Started by CD Free. Last reply by Round Peg Dec 4, 2016. 7 Replies

Video: "Coming Out" to your Evangelical Family

Started by Richard Haynes. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 2, 2013. 8 Replies

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Comment by Robert Madewell on October 25, 2009 at 11:08am
Chris Highland said,
It includes some material on how a person can exit their faith.
Is there an easy, non-painful way to do it? Because, it sure was a bitch when I left "the faith". I lost all my friends and my family talks to me like I'm on my death bed. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's had a rough experience de-converting.
Comment by Chris Highland on October 24, 2009 at 1:07pm
A few short videos from a former evangelical and protestant minister: "Religious Addiction" and "Life After Faith." Anyone have a suggestion for publishing my "Life After Faith" book? It includes some material on how a person can exit their faith.
Comment by Fred Rock on October 12, 2009 at 9:36pm
Correction on my post of July 18 (I skipped back 10 years in my recollections; fallout from the '60's, or just getting old, you decide) - it was 2007 (not 1997) when I picked up "The God Delusion" in Dublin - but yes, I did find it in an independent book store there.
Comment by Laura on October 12, 2009 at 9:08pm
hey, Robert, fancy meeting you here. :)
Comment by Tom Harris on September 25, 2009 at 5:56pm
Welcome, Robert! Looking forward to hearing your stories.
I was heavily involved in fundamentalist Christianity in the 70's and early 80's, before abandoning all pretense of religion in the mid-80's. Thankfully, the fallout has been minor (mainly the loss of friends from that time I was in the church..)
Comment by Robert Madewell on September 25, 2009 at 4:52pm
I'm the son of a fundamentalist pastor. Throughout my childhood, I witnessed (and experienced) abuses to children and spouses that were motivated by religion.

I have identified as an atheist for only 3 years. I am still experiencing fallout from my deconversion and my inability to be quiet about it.

I am the author of the atheist/anti-theist blog Superstition Free.

I am interested in having discussions about the lingering effect that fundamentalism had on me and others. I am also anxious to share my stories.
Comment by mick keogh on September 10, 2009 at 11:46am
Fu--ing hell you bought th god delusion in Ireland
Comment by Fred Rock on July 18, 2009 at 6:45pm
Reading over older posts (April 23 from "HeIsSailing"). I was also raised in Pentecostalism. My faith began to dwindle as I was exposed to other religions beginning in the late 70's and the early 80's via martial arts, meditation, etc... At the time I knew that hard core X-tianity was bogus, but I couldn't seem to let go of the idea of a spiritual world altogether. In the 90's I spend a fair amount of time doing ritual with Wiccans and other Neo-Pagans. Finally in 1997 (after realizing that there was very little daylight between christianity and other religions - once you moved beyond the "bells and whistles") I gave religion up completely in 1997 while reading the God Delusion by Dawkins on a 10 hour flight home from Dublin to Seatlle. What a relief it was - despite having to deal with the whole emotional symptoms of what I'll call "spiritual PTSD"m
Comment by Fred Rock on July 13, 2009 at 10:58pm
I get real basic on the issue of fundmentalism: it's all about fundamentals that any one group accepts as the one and only infallible truth - to the point of coercing others, if the fundamenalists involved are allowed to, and/or allied with political power. I think Kristina captures the activities of x-tian fundamentalists well. Funny though how even they tend to cherry pick what the want to weigh the rest of us down with. A true biblical fundamentalist would advocate stoning to death adultresses and kids who talk back to their parents. Women wouldn't be allowed to talk in church if the new testament was followed to the letter. I could go on and on, but will desist in the interest of brevity. Suffice it to say that in my book they are fundamentally flawed in their thinking and world view.
Comment by Kristi Leitholt on July 13, 2009 at 7:24pm
To address Franklin's question, I can't speak for everyone else, but the kind of Christian fundamentalism I'm coming from involved rejecting the theory of evolution as an explanation of our origins; interpreting the Bible as God's literal Word, infallible and without error; preaching condemnation and repentance to non-believers and more liberal-thinking Christians; and rejecting media that was "tainted" by heretic non-believers (listening to only Christian music, etc.). And I grew up in a Lutheran church.

I think the definition of "fundamentalist" may be a little different for some people than others, but the fact remains the same: it is something traumatic to leave that all behind and free yourself of the brainwashing that came as part of it. Leaving fundamentalism can cost a person their relationships with friends and possibly family. I don't really think it matters too much what sort of "fundamentalism" someone is coming from because all of it has a basis in myths and lies that someone else has presented as absolute truth. That can cause emotional and mental problems down the road when someone leaves it in favor of rational thinking. So whatever kind of fundamental past you had, you're welcome here, because we're all recovering together!

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