This is my first post on Atheist nexus. I think that it's great that Brother Richard started both this site and this particular group. Naturally, as someone who was raised in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (one of the most fundamentalist, anti-science branches of Lutheran Christianity, which is YEC, and which professed geocentrism well into the twentieth century), I joined this group a few minutes after my profile was approved.
I would like to read of your experiences with the lingering fear of hell. For me, this fear has asymptotically declined since I abandoned theism in my teenage years. Reading and talking with others has helped tremendously, in that the sheer might of the mental side of being human can go a long way towards reducing fear. However, the emotional side of being human competes with the mental side of being human. Even when I remind myself that I have absolutely zero fear of Muslim hell, or of being reincarnated as an ant for not following Hinduism, and therefore, logically, I should also have zero fear of Christian hell, there is still a small bit of discomfort when thinking about Christian hell (such as when I am reminded of it when Christians talk about it).
From the standpoint of the most up-to-date information in psychology, neuroscience, and other relevant fields, as well as from your own experiences, is it possible for an individual who was raised in a fundamentalist context to completely eradicate fear of the threats made my that particular belief system? So far, the only remedies that I am aware of are knowledge and time. The former strengthens one's mental fortitude, and the latter enables one's emotional wounds to heal (or so the saying goes). I would certainly like to think that a 90 year old atheist who left Christian fundamentalism at a young age would be able to die peacefully, free of fear, after that much time to go stronger mentally and emotionally. Instead of an asymptotic decline in fear, I would prefer complete eradication of that fear.
What are your thoughts?