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...]

How Creationism Drove Me out of the Church

To be more specific, creationism led me to a crisis of faith that ultimately, through some twists and turns, drove me out of the Christianity. My parents did not realize that in teaching me that literal young earth creationism was the foundation of Christianity they did not simply fortify my faith but rather gave my faith an Achilles heel. And apparently, I am not alone. Really, really not alone.My parents taught me that Christianity was about being filled with the Holy Spirit and having … [Read more...]

A (Late) Christmas Rant

A while back I saw a church sign that said "I Miss Hearing 'Merry Christmas.'" You know what, Mr. Christian? If you miss hearing "Merry Christmas" how about you say it more often? You can't control anyone else, and you shouldn't want to. If it floats someone else's boat to say "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings," what is it to you? We have this thing called "freedom" in this country, and that means people don't have to celebrate the holidays in any one specific way, even in the way you want … [Read more...]


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