So.. How many ex-homeschooling fundamentalists are on this site?
I’m a woman who woke up this year from a bad dream where I homeschooled my children in a dreamy “Madonna-land”, where the women are silent, serve their husbands hot family dinners every night, teach their children at home because there is more time to focus on character and create fully devoted followers of Christ, and God always answers prayer .. Oh, wait ... That wasn’t a dream ... That was my life.
Actually, I’m still homeschooling until the end of this year and I actually still like having family dinners each night. I’m just beginning to explore the alternative philosophies to life and have been a secret rebel via nightly Kindle reading. I’m in the middle of Dawkin’s “Greatest Show on Earth” and the kids and I are reading “The Beak of the Finch” together during homeschool. My background is in Mathematics and Physics and it has taken well into my forties for my rational, scientific nature to override the deeply imbedded christian fundamental tapes of my childhood. What a relief to release my fear of hell and guilt of imperfection to the cosmic winds.
I know when I fully emerge into my rational life it will result in shunning by my family and 90% of my friends. Right now they are still allowing for my doubtful questions, praying for me and sending me Josh McDowell books. My plan is to get a support system in line before I break it to the that I’m a hopeless case. So far it’s nearly disrupted my last five years of life and I’m expecting worse on the horizon.
Center for Inquiry podcast have been a great lifeline. All of the brave authors that kept me from thinking I was going crazy because I didn’t believe anymore have my undying appreciation: Robert Price (40 Days of Reason), Michael David Jeffers (Fundamental Questions), Betty Brogaard (the Homemade Atheist), Robert Ingersoll, Edward Carpenter (Pagan and Christian Creeds), Kenneth Daniels (Why I Believed), M.M. Mangasarian (The Truth About Jesus), Melodie Beattie (Codependent No More - just left off the higher power stuff), James Randi (The Faith Healers and his YouTube video on homeopathic medicine), Dale McGowan (Raising Freethinkers), Vincent Bugliosi (The Divinity if Doubt), Thomas Paine (The Age of Reason), Frank Schaeffer (Crazy for God), John Loftus (the Christian Delusion), Dan Barker (Godless), Charles Darwin (Origin), and Richard Dawkins (greatest Show).
It may seem like a lot of reading but I found it critical to record over my 40 years of biblical devotions with rational devotions. I’m looking forward to reading all of your thoughts online.