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

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

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 Adelita D on May 24, 2011 at 8:35am
Welcome Rounder--I was brought up LDS as well....look forward to your vids!
Comment by L.Hunter on May 24, 2011 at 5:46am
Welcome to the group. What's your YouTube name, I'd like to check out the vids.
Comment by rounder421 on May 24, 2011 at 2:22am
Hey guys I just joined the Atheist Nexus and this seems like a good group to start off with. I grew up LDS Mormon, but then after a 'search for the truth' I went full on fundie. I've been an atheist for about 10 years now. I am a taxi dispatcher, (still consider myself a cabbie) and for a hobby I have a small youtube channel where I make atheism and related videos. As much as I like youtube and other debate forums, Youtube can by very childish, and this seems like a 'haven' to escape the madness of religion for a bit. Looking forward to my experiences here.
Comment by Susan C on May 22, 2011 at 2:58pm
Hey Chris I have been a "Born Again Atheist" for 13 years now and I did have that little niggle way way back in my head... so I know where you're coming from my friend... So there that is another little bit of confirmation that it is a lot of drivel, eh... Have you seen this video... It will bring a smile to your face... After the Rapture
Comment by Chris Highland on May 22, 2011 at 2:00pm
I'm guessing people are already discussing this somewhere on the site (or sick of it).  I had some peculiar feelings this weekend, aware of the hysteria surrounding Camping's ridiculous "predictions." I actually felt a few tinges of fear.  Odd indeed.  I can identify two causes of this apprehension:  I was remembering my youthful evangelical ("Jesus People"/Godspell/Campus Crusade) days when we genuinely felt "The Master" was coming for us soon--and we "wished we'd all been ready" (remember Larry Norman?).  Secondly, I think I was a bit fearful that something would happen.  No, not really the end of the world, but a major earthquake or something (natural events happen all the time) that would lend any legitimacy to this "prophet's" self-serving bunk. And I was quite unhappy with several news sources saying "if" this doesn't occur, what about the believers, and such. We didn't hear enough "when" this doesn't happen--rational confrontation of the obvious.  Last thing and I'll let you go. . .I seem to remember something about stoning the false prophets.  What will "true believers" (literalists) do with this old, disgraced charlatan?  Just wondering.  Anyone else share any of my "fears"?
Comment by T. Duker on April 18, 2011 at 5:20pm
I'm not trying to siphon off participants in this group, but I just started an Ex-Pentecostals and Charismatics group, "for those who have been slain in the Spirit." Come and Join!

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/expentecostalsandcharismatics
Comment by Ashleigh Carter on March 29, 2011 at 2:33pm
That is amazingly despicable. Not suprising, but definitely amazing. On second thought, I think the farther I leave Christianity behind, the crueller all their shorcomings become. I can't even put myself in those shoes anymore> So I guess it is surprising and will continue to be.
Comment by L.Hunter on March 18, 2011 at 10:00am

How I miss being a theist!!!! I miss how I followed after pasta' and did everything he told me to do. Maybe I should go back and experience the guilt and shame tactics for money.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/03/17/churchgoers-say-pastor-denied-...

Comment by Providence on February 20, 2011 at 6:02am
@L.Hunter. Thank you for your encouragement, you're right- im sure it'll just fade/heal over time, I have also found exchristian.net very helpful they have some great testimonies and articles on there- i'm sure you're familiar with this site but if not then it's definitely worth a look- i find it encouraging to hear other people's experiences as it seems to half the burden of going it alone! :) I think it's awesome that you have been able to free yourself from indoctrination, that takes balls and is truly commendable! :) It's great to know others have gone through similar experiences, it makes me believe that I can do it too!!
Comment by L.Hunter on February 20, 2011 at 5:40am
@ Providence. First welcome and congrats on your new found freedom from the mental prison of religion. Yes I have consistently dealt with the in going feeling of "wanting to pray" or getting over the fear of hell and all of the other indoctrination that has been rammed down my throat since I was five the old. Groups like these make it better and time will help to heal the wounds. Free your mind and the rest will follow.
 

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