Survival Songs: Muse, Resistance

This is part of a series of songs with excerpts of lyrics I’ve found relevant to leaving fundamentalism. Lyrics below the jump. Muse would have been way out of my reach when I was a fundamentalist teenager. So convinced was I that anything with a beat constituted “satanic rock” that I thought Billy Joel was scandalous (though [Read More...]

Survival Songs: Kelly Clarkson, Breakaway

This is part of a series of songs with excerpts of lyrics I’ve found relevant to leaving fundamentalism. Lyrics below the jump. [Read more...]

Survival Songs: Duran Duran, Ordinary World

This is part of a series of songs with excerpts of lyrics I’ve found relevant to leaving fundamentalism. Lyrics below the jump. [Read more...]

Survival Songs: Of Verona, The Enemy

The following song was an incredible help to me during the worst of my conflict with my mother after leaving fundamentalism. I think it’s especially pertinent for adult children of fundamentalists, as we were raised with such stark distinctions between believers (our brothers and sisters) and the enemy (“the world”). Most of us have also [Read More...]

Survival Songs: Mandi Perkins, Who I Am

Note: This is part of an ongoing series on songs that helped me break away from fundamentalism. An excerpt of the lyrics I found most meaningful is below the jump. [Read more...]

Survival Songs: U2, Walk On

When I got to college, the very first “worldly music” album I purchased was U2, All That You Can’t Leave Behind. I’d never heard of U2 before, although I soon realized that I’d heard many of their songs on the radio. I finally learned their name in a professor’s car on the way to an Indian [Read More...]


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