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    It is invariably a shock to evangelical Christians to hear or read about someone who has turned his back on the "faith, which was once delivered unto the saints." The quick justification from most believers of such an announced occurrence will be to piously point out that anyone who turns away from Christ was never a real believer to begin with. Or as an insider might say it, "He was never born again."

    Read the rest at http://exchristian.net/exchristian/2002/04/sabbatical-or-my-anti-testimony.php

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  2. Tweet This week’s guest is author, speaker and podcaster Natalie Hoffman, survivor of not just an emotionally abusive marriage, but also of religious trauma. Oftentimes it’s religion itself that causes in the first place–or mightily contributes to–emotionally abusive or dysfunctional marriages and relationships. In the case of Christian evangelicalism, add in the inbuilt patriarchy and misogyny of the system itself, based on literalistic readings of the Bible, and you have a recipe for disaster. Not only did Natalie escape to find freedom, she is now in a position to assist others who are working their way out of emotionally abusive relationships. Support Independent Media like MindShift Podcast on Patreon! http://patreon.com/mindshiftpodcast Contact Information for Natalie Hoffman Flying Free website Follow Natalie on Twitter @FlyFreeNatalie Follow Me on Twitter @MindShift2018 View the full article
  3. I don't think I've met anyone who was as committed a Christian at such a young age as Jeremy. He understood his faith so well as a 7 year old that his friends at daycare wanted him to debate an adult atheist! At home he was telling his father he wanted to preach. By 10 years of age he was giving altar calls. This was a child who loved the Bible and lived his faith. Things continue like this into college. One night during a church service Jeremy attended, the preacher decided to put her faith into action. She called forward a blind man for healing. Everyone expected a miracle, but after a while nothing occurred. The man was not healed. Jeremy was troubled by the experience. This was a turning point. When Jeremy eventually accepts he's an atheist, he has to tell his fiancé, father and pastor at his church. These were conversations that would test his most important relationships. He's come a long way and recently graduated from college. I had a great time talking with him and enjoyed a few laughs along the way. View the full article
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  6. Tweet This episode features a hugely informative and insightful information with two of my personal heroes, Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman out of New York City. Authors of the massively influential books Snapping and Holy Terror, Conway & Siegelman have for decades been recognized as two of the foremost experts and investigators on the world of both the cults and Christian fundamentalism. Specifically, we discuss the phenomenon of “snapping” and “information disease” and find out how Christian fundamentalism’s current bid for political power started back in the late 1970s and continues on today using, and abusing, information and communication techniques–just like the cults! Support Independent Media like MindShift Podcast on Patreon!http://patreon.com/mindshiftpodcast Contact Information for Conway & SiegelmanStill Point Press Follow Me on Twitter @MindShift2018 View the full article
  7. Dave was recently diagnosed with ALS and has been given 2 to 5 years to live. He has been going around the country and on podcasts speaking about his experience. Today Dave joins me to share what his life focus has been since the diagnosis. How Christian friends and secular friends respond to Dave's news has been very different. I found this really interesting. Dave quit his job and has been living his best life now. He is writing his own story, as he puts it. Life is a collection of moments. Life is about allowing ourselves to really capture those moments and enjoy them. He was an inspiration to talk to and you'll get so much out of this conversation. Carpe the f*cking diem! Dave loves connecting with people, feel free to reach out on social media: https://twitter.com/dwwarnock?fbclid=IwAR0jOvQE83dbYYF4uHdmvDFnGq3y8j1xd0_2GH5xTXbxV81aX46Cl6YxX9c https://www.facebook.com/DaveWarnock.DyingOutLoud/ Dave speaks at the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis on July 14, 2019. To all my Minnesota listeners, go check it out :) https://www.facebook.com/events/2105868036370343/ View the full article
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  9. To those concerned about BO's absence. BO was warned repeatedly over the past several years about his agitating vitriol and was even given several long-term "time-outs." His rhetoric may have been entertaining to some, but it was also very off-putting to new de-converts, and we lost many less vocal members along the way. Although his posts were prolific, they really added little to the stated purpose of this site: Encouraging ex-Christians. I don't know about everyone, but when I de-converted, I was fearful some zealot might read some of my rants, locate me in the real world and attempt to harm me, my family or my job. I know there are others on this site that feel similarly. Regularly, new members with only a post or two ask for their posts and their accounts to be scrubbed/removed in fear some family member or work associate, etc., will figure out their ID on Ex-C. Long term devotion to Christianity can really fuck with a person's perceptions, resulting in a mental world of fear. Regarding any other members who may have been less active lately, I recommend asking those individuals directly for their reasons. Only BO was forcibly removed. To reiterate what has been stated many times in the past: This site exists for one purpose only: to provide a mechanism for encouraging those in the early stages of de-converting. That may mean allowing the freedom to anonymously rant against Christianity, churches, or religious leaders and families. It may mean talking about dealing with a fundy spouse. It may mean discussing various differences in theology. It may mean discussing social issues like abortion or LGBT rights or even scientific theories like Evolution. So long as the conversations are ultimately aimed at encouraging the de-converting, it's all good. I would like to add that this is not a forum for slinging mud at conservatives or liberals, because ex-Christians comfortably reside in both camps. Strongly held political opinions ultimately have little or nothing to do with leaving the cult of Christianity. Also, bullying the newly de-converting for holding to deism or some sort of non-Christian spirituality is just plain mean and obnoxious. Ex-Christian is not synonymous with hardcore atheist. There is no requirement for ex-Christians to walk lock-step once leaving Christianity. To experience real mental freedom is part of the fun of escaping the death cult of Christianity. . Anyway, for those who disagree with the decisions and policies of this board, please refer from time to time to our posted guidelines: https://www.ex-christian.net/guidelines/. With respect, Dave
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  11. Tweet After many months of anxious waiting, I finally re-connected with this week’s guest: Dassi Erlich, survivor of both sexual abuse and a very cultic, controlling Jewish fundamentalist sect in Melbourne, Australia. Not only is this amazing woman surviving, she’s leading the fight for justice–to bring her abuser to trial, to answer for her many abuses of children both in Israel and Australia. Listen in to hear Dassi’s amazing journey away from this Jewish sect, and her continuing battle for justice for her and the many victims of this abuser. Support Independent Media on Patreon! http://patreon.com/mindshiftpodcast Dassi Erlich: Beyond a Survivor on Facebook Follow me on Twitter @MindShift2018 View the full article
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