CC image courtesy of Flickr, Ryan Hyde. By Eleanor Skelton, HA Editorial Team. Eleanor also blogs at The Girl Who Once Lived in a Box. Beka Horton wrote and edited most of the A Beka Academy curriculum, produced by Pensacola Christian College. And she’s also the reason I started questioning fundamentalism. Christianity seemed so simple in the early days. I wasRead more
Tag Archives: Lightbulb Moments: A Series
These sessions made it clear to us that God’s only purpose for women was marriage and children (as many children as possible). If we had any other desires or dreams we were sinning.Read more
I’d turned to AiG in a literal moment of desperation because they were my intellectual stronghold…What I received from them was the opposite of everything I’d trusted them to be.Read more
I desperately wanted to fit in, to belong… According to everything I heard and saw from the religious community, the only way for a woman to do that was to be a wife and mother.Read more
But sometimes I consider how close I came, and it frightens me terribly.
But for one error—indeed, an error which could plausibly have been no more than a misprint—I could have had my mind completely closed by that curriculum.
I saw my fellow church-goers raising their hands, closing their eyes, swaying to the music, looks of joy on their faces. And I just didn’t get it…Why would we celebrate the fact that God is going to totally obliterate people who don’t believe in the same stuff we do?Read more
After becoming a new mom, I have been realizing how many bad mom- good mom rules have been thoroughly ingrained into my being because of my fundamentalist upbringingRead more
Little by little the light grows; the things I stumbled on in the darkness are shown to be small stones easily avoided…..now that I can see them for what they really are.Read more
CC image courtesy of Flickr, Ryan Hyde. Some of us, when thinking about our “lightbulb moments”, didn’t have long stories to tell. Maybe there wasn’t an exact moment we could pin-point. Maybe it was one, very simple event. Maybe it was a decade of dominoes, falling one by one, each knocking over another piece of our former belief systems.Read more
So, after a few years when I started noticing things weren’t adding up, I asked more questions and assumed, logically, that if my parents could bend the rules and pick and choose where they saw fit, I could too as long as I had a logical, reasonable explanation for wanting to do so.
Lightbulb. Obviously, we all know this wasn’t true, but I didn’t know that at the time, so I was very confused. This is where I ran into trouble.Read more