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: 506
Latest Activity: Oct 31

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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 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.
Comment by Providence on February 20, 2011 at 4:09am
Hey folks! I am on my journey out of the Catholic Church and am so pleased to find a group of people who have gone through/ are going through a similar process! I had my realisation that I am an Atheist pretty recently (although I think I'd actually been one for ages but hadn't faced up to the fact that I no longer believed- largely because I didn't want to lose my friends and burn forever!!!)

I'm still unsure how to handle my new found freedom from Catholicism - I still sometimes really want to pray 'just in case' or feel approval from my Catholic friends/ the church (who knows why???) and dammit it's annoying has anyone else shared these experiences?? Damn my indoctrination has ran pretty deep!!! :s
Comment by Paula T. on February 15, 2011 at 3:49pm
Ditto, Free Thinker Kemp.  I feel free, rational, relieved, and much happier without the yoke of religion holding me down.  I was skeptical for a long time, but to admit that to believers gives one the feeling of insecurity and guilt.  The guilt, shame, and sadness still creep in, but it lessens with time.  You're not alone there, either.  One day at a time.....you're on a wonderful journey :)
Comment by Sam Kennedy on February 15, 2011 at 8:15am
Congratulations Free Thinker Kemp!  Welcome to the real world, glad to have ya!
Comment by Free Thinker Kemp on February 15, 2011 at 3:08am
I feel amazing! Walked away from Christianity 3 months ago and it has been incredible!! I'm happier now than I have ever been. But I am also realistic and I know that my indoctrination is deeper than I can ever imagine, and there are still issues that will come up and fears and concerns... but hell, at least I am free and alive and I can face it when it does come...
Comment by Rachel on February 14, 2011 at 5:07am
I heard Nate Phelps on a podcast. I felt very sorry for him and even more so for his poor mother.  He is doing a lot of good now, much more than his freakish dad.
Comment by L.Hunter on February 10, 2011 at 9:46am

Some interesting reads....

This is your brain...this is your brain on god

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=110997741

 

Scientology

http://www.npr.org/2011/02/08/133561256/the-church-of-scientology-f...

Comment by L.Hunter on January 19, 2011 at 6:24am

Whats up with Alabama's new governor?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_alabama_governor_christians

 

This governor has made his position known!!!!

Comment by joeyess on December 24, 2010 at 12:28am
Life after Christian Fundamentalism is extremely freeing. Period.
Comment by Drregaleagle on October 24, 2010 at 2:25pm
Also, it is really weird that this church calls itself a primitive Baptist church because primitive Baptists don't follow John Calvin on lots of his points. Primitive Baptists only believe in keeping the Old Testament laws that are mentioned in the New Testament and they often oppose capital punishment. They certainly oppose capital punishment for crimes other than murder. To us, they seem similar to Calvinists because their theologies resemble each other, but to themselves they're completely different. The Puritans(Calvinists) forced the Primitive Baptists led by Roger Williams to leave Massachusetts just to put it in perspective.

So I think this Fred Phelps guy just made this church up to get lots of attention. If he believes his message now, I doubt he believed it when he founded his church. Maybe he believes it now because he's convinced himself of his own lies.
 

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