Stories of a Recovering Fundamentalist: Understanding and Responding to Christian Absolutism

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AuthorHouse, 2008 - Religion - 200 pages
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It has been said that the opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty. Drawing on this notion, Stories of a Recovering Fundamentalist: Understanding and Responding to Christian Absolutism recounts the author's journey as a member of the fundamentalist subculture as a child and his life among the Jesus Freaks (Jesus Movement)-- a congregation of deserters from the hippie drug culture of the late 1960's and early 1970's. This movement, though of great importance in the culture of the times, now largely goes unrecognized--although the Jesus Movement provided the cover stories for many prominent secular magazines chronicling the youth culture of the late 60's and early 70's. While, not devoted to a history of the Jesus Movement, the book does a service in bringing a discussion of the Jesus Freak phenomenon to the attention of today's readers. The book goes on to recount the author's eventual abandonment of fundamentalism. As the story unfolds, critical research related to the psychology, sociology, and history of the subculture provides a framework for understanding Christian fundamentalism. Stories of a Recovering Fundamentalist recounts a gripping personal pilgrimage-at times both humorous and painful- that is rooted in honest reflection and informed by theory and research. It offers worthwhile reading for mainline Christians, curious evangelicals, recovering fundamentalists or anyone wanting to understand this timely topic.

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For anyone who has ever been brought up in a fundamentalist background and made the “leap of faith” away from its tenets or for those who are still in the fundamentalist world but have their doubts ... Read full review


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James C. Alexander, Ph.D., is the chair of the department of mathematics at Case Western Reserve University. He has contributed articles and essays to many scholarly journals and collections. Under his supervision and direction, a team of authors, among them high school teachers, worked on developing the content for this On File set.

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