A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 15 “The Pigsty Part 1”

(The previous chapters can be found by clicking on A Godless Fundamentalist under Topics on the right hand side of this page. To receive email notifications whenever subsequent chapters are published, hit the follow button.) by John Ellis Looking back over my journal entries from my Jack Kerouac inspired cross-country pilgrimage, journal entries that stop … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 15 “The Pigsty Part 1”

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 14 “A Jack Kerouac Inspired Pilgrimage”

(The previous chapters can be found by clicking on A Godless Fundamentalist under Topics on the right hand side of this page. To receive email notifications whenever subsequent chapters are published, hit the follow button.) by John Ellis The Pensacola I found in January of 2003 was not the Pensacola I had left in 1998. … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 14 “A Jack Kerouac Inspired Pilgrimage”

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 13 “The Unraveling Begins”

(The previous chapters can be found by clicking on A Godless Fundamentalist under Topics on the right hand side of this page. To receive email notifications whenever subsequent chapters are published, hit the follow button.) by John Ellis As 2002 began, I found myself living in Atlanta, GA. Over the previous three years, I had … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 13 “The Unraveling Begins”

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 12 “Freedom, Finally”

(The previous chapters can be found by clicking on A Godless Fundamentalist under Topics on the right hand side of this page. To receive email notifications whenever subsequent chapters are published, hit the follow button.) by John Ellis In December of 1997, the Oscar winning film Good Will Hunting was released. I watched it three … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 12 “Freedom, Finally”

My Worst Concert Experience: Art Versus Individualism

by John Ellis Like all good Gen-Xers who grew up in conservative Christianity, U2 is most often the answer to the question of who my favorite band is. To this day, The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby are two of my favorite albums; on most days, both are in my top-five of all time, if … Continue reading My Worst Concert Experience: Art Versus Individualism

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 11 “My Career as a BJU Dorm Student Ends”

(The previous chapters can be found by clicking on A Godless Fundamentalist under Topics on the right hand side of this page. To receive email notifications whenever subsequent chapters are published, hit the follow button.) by John Ellis I was perfectly happy minding my own business, enjoying my freedom, and looking for a job when … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 11 “My Career as a BJU Dorm Student Ends”

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 10 “Back at BJU”

(The previous chapters can be found by clicking on A Godless Fundamentalist under Topics on the right hand side of this page. To receive email notifications whenever subsequent chapters are published, hit the follow button.) by John Ellis While standing in the Snack Shop that first evening back after my unanticipated arrival on BJU's campus, … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 10 “Back at BJU”

Reading Ecclesiastes in the Time of the Coronavirus

by John Ellis Buying the post-Enlightenment secularist package includes owning the non-refundable subscription of nihilistic despair. A dirge-filled affair where doomed actors strut on the world stage’s perpetually revived production of the Theatre of Cruelty. No matter how honest we believe ourselves to be, though, like Andre Breton we have zero desire to listen to … Continue reading Reading Ecclesiastes in the Time of the Coronavirus

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 9 “The Fool’s Gold of Freedom”

by John Ellis In hindsight, God’s refusal to let me have my way is somewhat humorous, not to mention, and more importantly, a tremendous blessing. Granted, I didn’t see it that way at the time. Living with constantly having my plans thwarted and my path redirected was increasingly frustrating. However, that frustration was in the … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 9 “The Fool’s Gold of Freedom”

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 8 “The Bill Rice Ranch”

by John Ellis Image is important for the Christian fundamentalist. To be fair, image is important across all subsets of Western culture. We signal how we define ourselves by the ways in which we dress and present ourselves. But, in many ways, especially for the fundamentalism of my youth, image takes on extra import inside … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 8 “The Bill Rice Ranch”