My father is a charismatic preacher. He has an ability to convince people to trust him implicitly. Maybe my years of interacting with him contributed to my desire to research the operations of the brain, to study the science of psychology. Much of what he says doesn’t make practical sense. Yet his ideas were pushed on me as truth. I was ordered to follow his rules (and my mother’s) based in these ideas in order to live in his home as a child, as are most children living under the rule of parents. At the same time, something always seemed off, not only about my parent’s fundamentalism, but also their perception of the world. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Ann on March 12, 2011
Posted by dsc01 on October 26, 2010
I was born to Evangelical Christians, while my father was serving as an assistant pastor, as one of the final steps of my parents’ preparation to become missionaries.
I spent most of my childhood in a small, impoverished nation in West Africa.
My earliest memories are of pondering the great mystery of God’s infinite existence. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Ann on September 5, 2010
A couple of days ago I had my first discussion on Facebook with “liberal Christians” about their religious beliefs. Somehow I had developed a belief that liberal Christians would actually be able to see through the irrationality of fundamentalism in a way fundamentalists can’t. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Jerry on August 12, 2009
Please let me introduce myself as a new contributor. My name is Jerry and I live near Santa Fe, NM. When I found FFF, I really could relate to the stories I read, so I contacted Paulo who encouraged me to join in. Thanks, Paulo. Here’s my story: Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by thejest3r on August 3, 2009
Allow me to briefly introduce myself as a new author on this site (btw, thanks to Paulo for contacting me and inviting me to post).
My name is Brandt. I live in Chicago, and I am originally from Brazil, where my parents are missionaries with New Tribes Mission. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Clamence/The Chaplain on February 4, 2009
I don’t have to sell my soul
He’s already in me
I don’t need to sell my soul
He’s already in me.
-Stone Roses’ “I Wanna Be Adored.”
When I was in junior high and high school, it used to stress me out to no end to think that the Devil had similar powers to God and could observe me even when I was alone. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Paulo on September 29, 2008
I came from an evangelical Christian home. When I was 7, my parents became missionaries and we moved to Africa, where I was raised in Christian circles and eventually attended a conservative Christian boarding school. My parents believed in God so naturally I assumed God must be real. I respected my parents and wanted to do what was right, so when my older brother told them that he wanted to become a Christian, I joined in and said I wanted to become a Christian too. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Ann on July 14, 2008
At age 3 my parents had me memorize John 3:16. I know this because I still have my first Bible, with the dates I memorized various “core” verses prior to age 5 written on the inside cover. At a very early age I read through the Bible. Did I have a choice to believe differently? Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Clamence/The Chaplain on July 9, 2008
[This message was written in response to a Christian who asked why I considered my childhood in Africa and my time at a Christian college as contributors to my self-removal from the Christian faith.]
When I said that my observations of Africans, and the value of their beliefs, culture, etc., led me to see that the Christian faith was no more real than any other faith, I had a few things in mind. Read the rest of this entry »