Life After Christian Fundamentalism

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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: 509
Latest Activity: Jul 14

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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

Video: "Coming Out" to your Evangelical Family

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

UU Church

Started by CD Free. Last reply by Dan Tabor Apr 24, 2013. 4 Replies

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Comment by Izzi on March 7, 2010 at 6:28am
Hi! About 15 years ago I left the staunch, no-name, so-called "Two-by-twos" faith. Anyone else here who came out of that exclusive group? They dress very conservatively and generally believe they are the only correct way to heaven.
Comment by Leigh K on February 10, 2010 at 5:04pm
Thought I'd share this link. This family has been worried that they will lose all friends in their community based on their discovery that they do NOT believe:
http://wonderfulpages.com/doodad/2009/11/an-open-letter-to-our-frie...
Comment by Warren on February 10, 2010 at 1:58pm
Hello everyone. I am a former member of a cult branch of the United Church of Christ and AA. I am very happy this group exists and I joined so that I can continue to deprogram myself and to converse online with individuals who have successfully left their belief in god and fundamentalist christian woo behind.
Comment by Tom Harris on February 7, 2010 at 3:15pm
Grats, Brittany! Keep up the good fight!
Comment by Brittany Evanovich on February 7, 2010 at 2:59am
Joined because I was raised Methodist, was switched to Baptist by my cousin, spent 12 years in a very fundamentalist church/vacation bible school/bible camp/youth group/puppet ministry/county fair ministry environment before being transfered to three years of VERY fundamentalist Christian school where I heard tales during field trips to other churches and Baptist conventions of "Christian soldiers" wanting to "do something" about abortion clinics (I think you get the idea as to what that something was) so I left. Well, that reason and the fact that they were pushing creation science down my evolution-clinging brain. I spent two years going to their "science" fairs only to be disappointed that no one would listen to me that they might be wrong. I am now 13 years church free, I still live in West Virginia in a very Christian Bible Belt area, but it's with my atheist fiance and his wonderful atheist friends and cousin that I spend most of my time. I am now an antitheist and I proudly even deconverted my mom. If any younger people need help or support in this group just let me know. I'm only 24 and it's still pretty hard for me to get over some superstitions or thoughts of hell in my mind even though I'm more rational and know they don't exist...
Comment by Chris Highland on November 15, 2009 at 3:46pm
For non-theist support, celebrating life cycles, counseling, inspiration, creative music. . .maybe we ought to explore the Online Congregation model? This is from Current TV.
Comment by Timo Ostrander on November 14, 2009 at 10:13pm
Just joined. Raised as a Pentecostal in the UPC. Extricated myself at the age of 17. Still deprogramming. Hardest part for me is dealing with loved ones who've been clinging to it for so long.
Comment by Chris Highland on November 13, 2009 at 10:21pm
Thanks Glen (and in reply to Julia). As you've seen, Life After Faith is published online and I continue to add and edit. I've sent the book or proposal to several publishers and looked into more self-publishing, but so far nothing. My first four books were published by a local publisher and I self-published two more through Amazon's Booksurge. I know of others, but just wondering if anyone had a suggestion of a path I hadn't thought of. Prometheus wasn't interested, and another guy said he would publish and then disappeared. To Robert--it may always be painful to exit, and seems to take many years. Yet, what's the alternative? Hang in there.
Comment by Glen Barton on October 29, 2009 at 7:55pm
oh... i should have read further - to the post 4 down where Chris Highland talks about his book - Life After Faith. Sorry Chris!

I think what were thinking about is quite different - more peoples personal stories, but I'd be very interested to read your book as well - the synopsis looks great.
Comment by Glen Barton on October 29, 2009 at 7:53pm
Hi Richard, this is a great group. Both myself and my partner were raised in fundo homes and had different yet similar experiences of coming to realisations that what we'd always been taught was unquestionable truth was, in fact, as Penn and Teller would say, Bull shit.

Many of our friends are still in the church to various degrees, some in the philosophical position we were both in a decade ago, and a couple who are actually practicing clergy who really can't swallow the nonsense they need to teach others in order to keep their career and their family - it's a difficult struggle for them.

What we were thinking is that there are lots of Christian books on peoples "testimonies of conversion" - but we thought that to support those who were raised in a fundo faith, but are struggling both with the philosophical issues of letting go of what you had considered the truth your life was built on, as well as struggling with the condemnation, alienation and ongoing mindless nonsense from family and friends, it would be fantastic to put together a book of peoples stories of how they made the journey out of faith, what it meant to them, how they coped, and the freeing effects of embracing reason.

My partner is a writer and editor, and would love to start a project like this - do you know if such a book has been produced, or would anyone in this group be willing or interested in contributing to the project? It's only at the "we think it'd be a good idea" stage at the moment, but if there was some interest, maybe we could all collaborate and start thinking about it?

peace

glen
 

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