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 7 “My Year as a Bob Jones University Preacher Boy”

by John Ellis If you continue reading, you’re going to discover that for a span of time as an adult, I was a drug dealer. You’ll read about how truly depraved I was and some of the truly terrible things I’ve done. You’ll find out about some of the weird and incredible, if not miraculous, … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 7 “My Year as a Bob Jones University Preacher Boy”

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 5

by John Ellis During my transition from a Christian day school to a Bob Jones University student, grunge music and its accompanying culture became my god. It didn’t happen overnight, though. The 1993-94 school year, my senior year, provided me with clarity about my beliefs, or lack thereof, as well as boldness to act on … Continue reading A Godless Fundamentalist: Chapter 5

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