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: 512
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 Leslee Love on June 8, 2009 at 9:39pm
Damn, where have I been?? Hello all! Being officially freed from the fundie fear-tactics is exhilarating!! Though, I never really believed in that crap. Guess I was just keeping up appearances. Glad to be here!!
Comment by Wendy on May 24, 2009 at 7:26am
Welcome Logician!
Comment by Logician on May 24, 2009 at 12:44am
Hey, there. Newest member here. I'm really glad to have found a place like this. I hope it will help me to heal.

Thanks for starting this group.
Comment by Angie Jackson on May 23, 2009 at 4:13pm
New Survey! How Weird Was Your Church?

I'll be posting results in a discussion here so please help by participating!
Comment by Angie Jackson on May 17, 2009 at 7:58am
Chinese Food doesn't take food stamps :(
Comment by marleen knight on April 30, 2009 at 5:56pm
I read nathan speech and i was move i'm glad he got out hopefully the grandkids will be free thank you for being so open. at this moment i'm learning this is the first time i've met people that are atheist, where i'm from you have to keep your beliefs to yourself anything against god or jesus you're wicked or have demons i'm glad to know that i have people that i can share my thoughts with thank you for being there for me.
Comment by Angie Jackson on April 29, 2009 at 8:28pm
Whoa, just saw the Fall From Grace videos. My heart just breaks for the grandkids. I grew up like that and I got out and Nate got out. Hopefully they can too.
Comment by Michelle on April 23, 2009 at 10:45pm
Jesus Camp came out in 2006, I watched this week. It had to be alone. While it was very difficult, seeing Rachael as I was at that time in those camps. It is hard for me to say that I was Christian, it was not a choice every truly made by me in a correct frame of mind.
As soon as I given my first class in critical thinking "the philosophy of religion". Then I read the bible cover to cover and asking the questions at my Assemblies of God church, by the way, not a popular thing to do. I tell every one to read the bible cover to cover, as a book, it helps us as atheists make the point and tends to create more of us.
Lastly, the people for whom I have the most pity and who made me cry was the Christian radio host. I am not an anti-theist. Humans need to move at their own pace and while feeling religion itself is wholly bad I don't think most Christians believe beyond the most humanist aspects. Moreover, hate and anger is never an useful option.
Lastly, we need to find out why the this group, and others like it, don't have more slaves. That is mentioned way more often then homosexuality, and Jesus never once mentioned it. hmmm
Comment by HeathenMom on April 23, 2009 at 7:27pm
Mr Phelps, your story really touched my heart. I never had the physical abuse, but can identify with (some of) the mental and emotional abuse that you went through...I am still in therapy for it.
My hat is off to you for your strength, thank you for being so open and sharing.
Comment by Laura on April 23, 2009 at 1:35pm
Ella said: "In spite of all that I am happier than I have ever been in my life."

I know EXACTLY what you mean. People looked at me like I was crazy last year when I told them I was the happiest I'd ever been. I, too, was a super committed Christian who married a minister before realizing it was all a lie. Our marriage did not last, but mostly for other reasons as I did not admit my atheism even to myself until a year after we split. But during that time, which was the hardest time in my life due to outside circumstances, I had never been happier on the inside!
 

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