Independent — Orlando, FL
Troy Stoops was born into a radically fundamentalist family, the foundations of which were explicitly theological. His father was a homosexual, his mother mentally ill. Their preacher approved their union as a way of suppressing these satanic influences.
Glossolallia, the handling of poisonous snakes as a test of faith, liberal doses of hellfire, and a savage eschatology were Troy's horrifying birthright. Naturally, he imagined he'd become a preacher.
Until he came across Bertrand Russell's 'Why I Am Not a Christian', which removed the first card from the elaborate house of cards that is Christian theology.
Troy Stoops is the author of Christianity is Immoral, a book about the horrors of growing up fundamentalist in America and an explicit rejection of the so-called Christian foundations of our morality and ethics. He lives in Central Florida with his wife and two daughters.
Troy can be reached via e-mail at troy122002 [at] yahoo [dot] com