The Truth About Christian ‘Sexual Purity’ — A Former Evangelical Speaks Out

The sexual purity "movement" is one of several to have deformed American politics as a battleground in the so-called culture wars. Now in a book and the interview below former evangelical and captive to the purity movement, author Sara Moslener, has movingly examined both the politics and the personal price extracted from those--like herself-- who are and were most touched by this corrosive (and odd if not perverse) sex/morality/hard right religious "purity" movement.The human price in … [Read more...]

If there were no “holy books” how much easier it would be to believe in God!

(The "Last Judgement" by Michelangelo, Courtesy the Vatican archive)If there were no “holy books” how much easier it would be to believe in God! An oral tradition and a rich liturgical expression of divinity lovingly shared in a faith community are much more convincing than words on a page. The images I see from the Hubble telescope do more to suggest a loving creative God besotted by beauty than most Bible passages. One hug from my grandchildren Amanda, Ben, Lucy, Jack and Nora teaches me mo … [Read more...]

There is only one defense against the rising, worldwide, fear-filled fundamentalist tide engulfing all religions

My way of trying to encounter God within a church community may well be poison for others. We all bring our backgrounds with us. We’re all running from something. For instance, I know several people raised in the Orthodox Church who have fled to evangelical communities and found God there, or at least found a happier version of themselves. I know other people who share my sort of religious background and they can only find spiritual solace in gatherings of atheists. More power to them! We are a … [Read more...]

Put it this way: church may be a son-of-a-bitch, but it’s my son-of-a-bitch!

Some of my secular (or lapsed ex-religious) friends don’t get why I “still” go to church. When they say, “Frank, God’s only in your head!” my answer is, “Yeah, whatever. What isn’t?”Or as the poet Yehuda Amichai writes in Gods Come and Go, Prayers Remain Forever:I say with perfect faiththat prayers precede God.Prayers created God.God created man,And man creates prayersthat create God who creates man.My question isn’t, “Did I create God who creates me?” but, “Do I n … [Read more...]

Does church help you to become the sort of person you’d pick to be stuck on a desert island with?

When I first joined the Greek Orthodox Church in 1990 I argued the finer points of theology and church history with my long-suffering evangelical mother and sisters. (Dad was spared, having died in 1984.) I argued as if any church I happened to join was ipso-facto the gatekeeper to heaven. I argued in a way that implied that a human could find THE TRUTH and judge others by it. I argued in a way that denied that our brains process what we hear and see and touch and, therefore, all information is … [Read more...]

The Evangelical FAIL on Mental Health: 100+ of my FB Friends Tell Their Shockingly Poignant Stories

Pastors, teachers, mothers, fathers, grandparents, psychologists, counselors-- everyone: ignore these unedited shockingly poignant stories of the failure of Christians to address mental health issues at your peril. On December 23, I posted this question on my FB page. Please read the revealing responses that follow. Then "like" my FB page and join us in our many ongoing robust discussions you will only find on my page...Is Mental Illness Caused By "Unrepentant Sin"? How Did … [Read more...]

Is Mental Illness Caused By “Unrepentant Sin”? How Did Christians Help or Worsen Your Mental Health Problems?

Is mental illness caused by "Unrepentant Sin"? How did Christians help or worsen your mental health problems? This Christmastime share your story on my Facebook Page.My father Francis Schaeffer suffered from depression and I've also felt the dark night of the soul from time to time. How about you? Did anyone help you? In our evangelical family depression was treated as a "spiritual problem" or a "lack of faith." We didn't believe in professional mental health care. We were more likely to … [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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