I’m a recovering fundamentalist. I left fundamentalism at 18 and went through stages of anger, resentment, and forgiveness. I majored in theology for a while in college purely as an act of rebellion as a woman who was raised in a church where that wasn’t allowed.
There were long nights of existential crises. There were many tears as I slowly unpacked years of misogyny, racism and homophobia. And so much fear and hatred of our fellow humans, which was never palatable to me.
For years I’ve thought that there should be a support group for recovering fundamentalists (of all sorts, not only Christian) because we are raised in captivity and programmed to self destruct in the wild. (I’ve literally heard fundamentalist teachers say that if our faith structure isn’t real we should all kill ourselves).
This podcast is like a support group with one person speaking per week. It has opened my eyes to the vast and growing numbers of folks like me, and there is so much healing in that. There is life outside the brutal rigidity of our upbringing. There is hope beyond the anger. There are brave folks who wandered away from the structure into the void and found meaning.
Blake, I cannot thank you enough, from the bottom of my heart. Your podcast has brought actual benefits to my life and my ongoing recovery. From one 90s Exvangelical to another, thanks for keeping it real.
March 26, 2018 by Ophelia1141 on Apple Podcasts