My ‘Raised Evangelical’ Story

I’m using the questions from the Love, Joy, Feminism blog series “Raised Evangelical” as a guide. (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/raised-evangelical-adult-children-reflect). There are more stories at that blog for any readers who are interested. Raised Evangelical Questions Section 1: Introduction **Question 1: Please introduce yourself before we get started, providing a brief snapshot of your background an overview of your beliefs today.** I am currently an atheist, and an organizer and volunteer for local atheist groups under the banner of Louisville Atheists and Freethinkers. I was raised in the Church of the Nazarene, homeschooled in grades 9-12, listened to Christian Contemporary Music (CCM) exclusively until age 17, did Bible quizzing, went to church 3 times a week, prayed often with the church leadership before services (I think I was the only teen that did this), listened and read Focus on the Family materials and went to their “Living on the Edge” conference in the 90’s, and when I went to college my first choice was Trevecca Nazarene University. I was pretty fully immersed in the “Christian subculture” and was proud of my difference. **Question 2: How did your family and religious community self identify? As evangelicals? As fundamentalists? Or as something else? What did these terms mean to your parents and religious community?** When I was a kid, we identified as Christians and more specifically as Nazarenes. I recall Dad saying that we...

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