A Letter from Hell, and Self-Reinforcing Beliefs

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I recently read a piece titled "A Young Man's Letter from Hell." It goes like this: Dear Zack,I died today. It’s a lot different than I expected. You see, I always thought that dying would bring me to a world that is foggy and hazy. But this place is crystal clear… It’s even more real than my life on Earth.I can think. I can talk. I can even feel.Right after the wreck I could feel my spirit leaving my body. It was the weirdest thing, Zack. I thought I heard you screaming out to me, m … [Read more...]

A Reader Asks: How Can I Free My Daughter from Fundamentalist Fears?

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I recently received a question from a reader, and I thought I would put it to all of you to help answer it: What resources are there for me to share with my thirteen year old daughter about coming out of the darkness of the culture you write about? I grew up in an independent fundamentalist baptist church.  My parents were completely into it.  I didn't want to be, but got sucked into it.  The whole "you're going to hell" stuff, and "God will punish you" is so powerful psychologically.  Long stor … [Read more...]

Literal Hell + Age of Accountability = What?!?

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[The text in the facebook status copied above reads: About 20 children are receiving the BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER....the presence of our God and our Lord Jesus Christ!]I remember when Andrea Yates drowned her five small children in a bathtub. I was a conservative evangelical at the time, and still in high school, and when I heard about the story I had a problem. I knew I found what Yates had done morally reprehensible, but, well, I couldn't find a way to criticize her reasoning for doing … [Read more...]


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