Exvangelical Meditation: A Path Forward

I wanted to give my readers an update: Writing has slowed down here at Surviving the Spirit, but it isn't because I'm taking a break. It's because I've been busy writing an exvangelical memoir, in which I rework much of what I've written here while both expanding existing content and writing entirely new material. With …

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Exvangelical Meditation: The Many Faces of Good Friday

The Christian mystic Instagram page Gnostic Alchemy just published a really interesting overview about sacrificial god folklore in many cultures before Christianity utilized it for its Christ liturgy. Their brief essay reads: "Among those connected historically or allegorically with a crucifixion are Prometheus, Adonis, Apollo, Arys, Bacchus, Buddha, Christna, Horus, Indra, Ixion, Mithras, Osiris, Pythagoras, …

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Straight Deconstruction: My Escape from Evangelical Homophobia. Part 3 – “Qualm of Conscience”

Read Part 2 -- "Only Humans" here. It is February of 2006. I'm living in Juneau, Alaska – and I sit in anxious anticipation of the conversation that I'm about to have with Earl, my friend and pastor of the last few years. He's currently on the phone in the other room, and our chat …

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Straight Deconstruction: My Escape from Evangelical Homophobia. Part 2 – “Only Humans”

Read Part 1 -- "Sea of Sin" here. It is fall of 1998. We've moved again – we do that quite a bit in my family, due to Dad's music minister job. I'm not sure if it is the nature of all ministers to move their family around so much, or if it is just …

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Exvangelical Meditation: The Greatest Trick the Devil Ever Pulled?

Since starting this blog, I've always maintained that when it comes to paths forward for Christianity to survive its long history of genocide, white supremacy, and empire building, I simply don't have a horse in this race. If religion is the act of picking a metaphor that best enables you to walk into life's mysteries, …

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Exvangelical Meditation: “What is Normality Mean to You?” A Poem about Deconstruction and PTSD

Earlier this year, a poet friend of mine and I had a conversation about returning to normalcy after the chaos of 2020 and beyond. It stirred some speculations on what "normality" looks like and how it is defined. I was in therapy at the time for work-related PTSD, which I was processing both in its own …

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Exvangelical Meditation: The Good Samaritan — A Deconstructor’s Retelling

The following is based on the parable Jesus tells in Luke 10: 25-37. Historical context has been added to provide readers with some perspective on this parable -- which, in its essence, is a story about religious deconstruction. ---- A man comes up to Jesus as he is preaching. He asks Jesus how to inherit …

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Exvangelical Musings: When Scientists are Satanists – Biblical Literalism in Action

It may surprise you to learn that the concept of Biblical Inerrancy is a relatively new movement in the Christian church. In fact, it isn't even as old as America – when Thomas Jefferson distributed copies of the Gospels to the other founding fathers, he left out all the miracles. He is on the record …

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