Leaving Fundamentalism: Personal Stories

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G. Elijah Dann
Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, May 26, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 226 pages
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In a time when religious conservatives have placed their faith and values at the forefront of the so-called “culture wars,” this book is extremely relevant. The stories in Leaving Fundamentalism provide a personal and intimate look behind sermons, religious services, and church life, and promote an understanding of those who have been deeply involved in the conservative Christian church. These autobiographies come from within the congregations and homes of religious fundamentalists, where their highly idealized faith, in all its complexities and problems, meets the reality of everyday life. Told from the perspective of distance gained by leaving fundamentalism, each story gives the reader a snapshot of what it is like to go through the experiences, thoughts, feelings, passions, and pains that, for many of the writers, are still raw. Explaining how their lives might continue after fundamentalism, these writers offer a spiritual lifeline for others who may be questioning their faith.

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We ex-fundamentalists are like a bunch of PTSD sufferers comparing notes about how we got shell-shocked. We’re all a bit…twitchy. I could feel that twitch in the back of my mind as I read Leaving ... Read full review

Contents

An Introduction to Christian Fundamentalism
1
Rapture Community and Individualist Hope
25
From There to Here
41
Surviving Charismatic Fundamentalism
55
My Mother My Church
69
The Ministry Revisited
81
My Evangelical and Lesbian Testimonies
95
The Slippery Slope of Theology
109
One Mans Journey Through Roman Catholic Fundamentalism
137
Inching Along
151
My Journey into Evangelical Humanism
161
The Jesus Lizard
171
Are You a Real Christian?
185
The Naked Empress Queen of Fundamentalism
193
Confessions of an ExFundamentalist
207
Contributors
223

Life Stages
121

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About the author (2008)

G. Elijah Dann has taught in departments of philosophy, religion, and health studies at various universities in southern Ontario. Currently he is Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, University of Victoria. He is the author of After Rorty: Possibilities for Ethics and Religion (2006) and co-editor of Philosophy: A New Introduction (2004). His forthcoming book deals with religious values in the public square.

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