Bob Jones University Blames Abuse Victims

Evangelical Wheaton College went to court to stop women at the school getting contraceptive insurance coverage. The Evangelical Gordon College president wrote to President Obama to demand exemption from extending civil employment rights to gays. Now According to the New York Times, Bob Jones University has a long history of blaming victims for their their own sexual abuse. Question what is wrong with  evangelicals, their view of women and sexuality and abuse? They go to court to stop women from h … [Read more...]

My Very Personal Happy Christmas Story: The wonderful yet toxic combination of Mom’s evangelical goodness, Jesus’ inevitable birthday

For me, as a child in the mission, Christmas meant feeling guilty because Mom did so much and we mere mortals did so little. My childhood Yuletide question was: “Mom, who’s going to be in our house for Christmas?” The answer never varied: “The guests God brought to us this year, my dear.”Mom stayed up all night wrapping gifts and making everything wonderfully and terrifyingly perfect. That’s why every Christmas morning I found the four-foot-long bulging wool stocking stuffed with individuall … [Read more...]

Something You’ll NEVER See in ‘Christianity Today’ magazine: My Facebook Friends’ Answers to This Question: “How to help former evangelicals navigate their way out of despair and towards meaningful action?”

"Find a safe place. Come to understand just how unsafe and destructive evangelicalism is. Whether that safe place is a therapist’s office, a support group, a college classroom (critical thinking courses), a professor’s office hours, a preist’s study, reading a book like yours, Frank…"I asked my Facebook community to respond to this question:"How to help former evangelicals navigate their way out of despair and towards meaningful action?" Here are their answers... so far: (Are you on … [Read more...]

How to help former evangelicals navigate their way out of despair and towards meaningful action?

Here's a letter from one of my readers that asks: "Because you have your finger on the pulse of this movement of alienated former Christians to a more specific degree than any public figure I am currently aware of- I encourage you to ponder how you might be able to be a leader in helping former evangelicals navigate their way out of despair and towards meaningful action..."So please read the letter, then go to my Facebook page and jump into this thread with your answer to the "How to" … [Read more...]

There were two ANGRY MALES in our house, Dad and our Jewish/Christian “God.”

Unlike Jesus, my father tried to follow the Bible. So there were two ANGRY MALES in our house, Dad (Francis Schaeffer) and our Jewish/Christian “God.” I grew up trying to do the best I could to hide The-God-Of-The-Bible’s and Dad’s true character from myself and from their followers and help my parents convert people to believing in this “God” by pretending that our “Deity” was nicer than he is. The sexual dysfunction and anti-feminism that unleashed the culture wars sprung from the heart of the … [Read more...]

I was ready to punch you out for raising questions I couldn’t answer so how nutty all these years later the only reason I even hope there’s a God and am reconciled to my son– is because of you

I vividly remember being lectured, harangued, insulted, corrected, and yelled at by a man who stood up in one of my lectures. This was 4 years ago. He held up his huge black Bible like a gun!Then just 3 days before Thanksgiving I got this letter from THIS SAME SCARY GUY who had left me quaking!Last night I called him and I asked if I could use his letter here and he said yes, but requested his name be withheld.Here it is: “Frank, do you remember the big rude/dude in a red checkered s … [Read more...]

This “Black Friday” Please plant an Empathy Time Bomb in the brain of your favorite Certainty Addicts & Help Me Financially Too

This “Black Friday” Please plant an Empathy Time Bomb in the brain of your favorite Certainty Addicts & Help Me Financially Too. And if you don't think uptight people (like I once was when I helped my dad lead the religious right) can change please read the mind-blowing letter below......but first this:“Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God” is for sale on Amazon today for only $9.93 in paperback. I get $5.00-plus per paperback copy sold.If everyone on this FB page buys a few copies that wi … [Read more...]

“I am waiting to die. I am not hopeless, just completely ignorant about what to do spiritually” 4 Ex-Fundamentalists Tell Me Their Stories

"I am waiting to die. I am not hopeless, just completely ignorant about what to do spiritually and existentially, living a life lived from my whole heart and in my sense of what it means to live in Christ." That's a quote from one of my readers. I asked my Facebook family for their stories of deliverance from fundamentalism. I told them they would be shared on my blog. Here are a few they posted on my FB Page. These stories move me deeply: ...Read more... Danna Baker W … [Read more...]


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