Searching for the Baby in the Bathwater

This is a slightly edited repost of a post I wrote when I first started blogging last summer. I'm reposting it for new readers. This post explains how I moved from evangelical Christianity to atheism over a process that took some years to complete. Here is the original.  Everyone who leaves the Quiverfull movement, Christian Patriarchy, or evangelical or fundamentalism in general has a long journey in front of them. They have to sort through everything they have always believed and determine … [Read more...]

Sunday Mornings, Guilt, and Reconceptualization

Growing up, I attended church each and every Sunday. It was just . . . what we did. Sunday mornings was for church. Period. My parents used a Bible verse to back up the importance of church attendance: Hebrews 10:25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. In other words, going to church was commanded by God. It wasn't optional. And if you didn't go to church, you would be … [Read more...]

Freedom

What I love best about my life today is the absolute freedom I feel. I can believe what I want. I can do what I want. I can wear what I want. I can say what I want. I can be who I want. I cannot emphasize how revolutionary this all is.  When you stop trying to shove yourself into a box, everything suddenly changes. When you allow yourself to ask questions, a whole new world opens up. I so often feel like I'm standing in the middle of a meadow in the spring, whirling in circles and … [Read more...]

Bombing Demons; Or, the Fear of Hell

I recently received the following email:Just wanted to preface that I've been following your blog "Love, Joy, Feminism" for a while.  While I did not grow up quiverfull, I did grow up in a fairly conservative evangelical church.  I left Christianity in college after an experience with abuse and domestic violence blasted my views apart.  I've come to appreciate your writing as a good expression of what many of us experienced growing up as young women in the conservative movement. &n … [Read more...]

A Fractured Church, Part 2

I wrote yesterday about how fractured Christianity has always been. It almost seems like Christians have never been able to agree on, well, anything. Whether it's arguing over whether Judaic food laws are still in affect or the nature of Jesus' divinity or what happens at communion or whether Jesus would have been a Republican or a Democrat, the Christian church has always been, and continues to be, fractured. I wrote a bit yesterday also about the Emerging Church movement, made up of … [Read more...]

Dealing with Death as an Atheist

I recently received the following email: I have been reading your blog for a few months now and so much of what you write resonates with me. I didn't grow up Quiverful or quite as fundamentalist as you did, but still very conservative Christian. We went to a megachurch in the DC area, and I was very active in the youth group. Then I studied abroad. Seeing other cultures, especially visiting Muslim countries, I realized everyone believed in their religion just as devoutly and began to think … [Read more...]

The “Christianity Makes People Good” Myth

Recently, a Christian friend bubbled to me about her new job at a Christian business, and how wonderful it was to be working in a Christian workplace that even has Christian weekend retreats for its employers and prayer groups, etc. "I think everyone, regardless of their beliefs, would be better off working in a Christian workplace!" she told me excitedly. She knows I am an atheist, but when I told her I disagreed she was honestly surprised.Growing up, "Christian" was synonymous with "good … [Read more...]


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