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: 519
Latest Activity: Dec 17, 2013

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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 Nathan Phelps on April 23, 2009 at 11:50am
So Jezzy, a Christian upbringing in a small Utah town. That creates it's own set of issues I imagine.

Welcome to the group. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want to discuss something.
Comment by Jezzy on April 22, 2009 at 11:11pm
Me: Hi I'm Jezzy.

Support Group: Hullo Jezzy

I'm a 16-year-old female coming out Atheist in small Utah town. I too know the sting of Christian upbringing.

*sits*
*support group applauds quietly*
Comment by Dustin Hill on April 22, 2009 at 9:21pm
We need more support groups like this. Thank you for starting it.
Comment by Alan Canon on April 22, 2009 at 8:29am
I just read Nathan's excellent and moving speech, and have signed onto the site! Ex Church-of-Christ, now happily atheist in Louisville, Kentucky.
Comment by Seth R. on April 21, 2009 at 9:01pm
Hi! I spent 20 years under the influence of dogma, indoctrination and doubt in a little cult called "the way international" out of new knoxville ohio. Did some dabbling in mainstream xianity of which I thought Methodist had the most potential. I entered into a profound study of Buddhist philosophy and settled on Buddhism as a living philosophy, you know non-violence and interdependence and altruism.

In October of 2006 I was attending a spiritual retreat for those in "anonymous 12 step recovery" wink-wink :) It was at a beautiful facility in Malvern PA. St. Joseph of the hills. Well I had a very disturbing experience at a morning mass, the retreat master who was "supposed" to be sober drank the whole chalice of real communion wine. The light bulb went off in my head then exploded into a supernova of enlightenment which said, this is all bullshit. Religious people can make up any damn bullshit they want and sell it on sundays for a few bucks on a felt lined brass platter, issue forgiveness for a few pious platitudes and render absolution for a healthy posthumous donation to the widowed orphans fund. Bah, horse feathers! Bear oil, and poppycock.

I don't require solace or comfort or promises of a future blessed afterlife. Or live like hell for 6 days receive forgiveness on the seventh and start it all over on monday? What kind of ultra-well-balanced people are these christians that they can do that? Of course I'm kidding, just look at what this mentality has done, our prisons are over crowded with these "well adjusted" christians.

I'm the happiest I've ever been since ditching the dogma.
Comment by Richard on April 21, 2009 at 8:06pm
Nate's story was humbling to say the least. I am worried about informing my family of my disbelief after 23 years of Christianity for the sole reason that I have two younger brothers who are very impressionable. I fear that my parents will "poison their minds against me".
Comment by Timothy on April 21, 2009 at 6:47pm
hello, fellow survivors! (i call myself a survivor because i survived an emotionally and psychologically abusive widely accepted cult called christianity...i almost gave up hope and thought death to be the only solution. then i thought, "what the hell? why not live life only more abundantly?" it's now 20 years later.) here I am. LOVING LIFE!
Comment by Richard on April 21, 2009 at 4:39pm
WOW! what a story,thought what I went thru was rough.

Nate, you're a brave guy.

I experienced a lot of persecution and exclusion as a child and an

adult because my family did not belong to the local house of

christian psychos,thier group was more a criminal organization

than anything,lots of violence and a profitable protection

racket.reffered to as tithing.

I may talk more on that another time, Nate,you deserve every good thing that happens to you!
Comment by It's just Matt on April 21, 2009 at 11:29am
If only as a youth I could recall my earliest years and remember that I had no fear of nudity and everything from then on was also lies. Perhaps I would have shed the cloak of superstition sooner..at least I am rid of it now!
 

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