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 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”

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 6

by John Ellis Bob Jones University used to bill itself as the world’s most unusual university. I don’t know if that tag was ever true, but within the fundamentalist bubble of my youth, BJU was definitely not unusual. The university was the standard by which many other fundamentalist organizations (including IFB churches) were judged. When … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 6

A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 2

by John Ellis Desiring sympathy and solidarity as we seek an autonomous existence apart from God isn’t new. That’s part of the trap our first parents, Adam and Eve, walked into. In Genesis 3, the Bible calls Serpent-Satan, “crafty.” He is beguiling and a master at feigning understanding through his soothing slither of commiserating words. … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 2

Becoming an Atheist: The Incomplete Epistemology of Christian Fundamentalism

“I do not endeavor, O Lord, to penetrate thy sublimity, for in no wise do I compare my understanding with that; but I do long to understand in some degree thy truth, which my heart believes and loves. For I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to … Continue reading Becoming an Atheist: The Incomplete Epistemology of Christian Fundamentalism