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Fleeing Fundamentalism by Carlene Cross
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Mar 17, 2010

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Read in January, 2010

This memoir served to remind me of the scripture in 1 Timothy where Paul criticizes religious leaders stating that they pay lip service to God but disown him by their works. Raised a fundamentalist, Carlene goes to Bible college and meets her dream man, an up-and-coming preacher named David. They marry and have children and, over the course of their marriage, discover that they don't really believe the teachings of their church. David is also a sex addict and an alcoholic; Carlene's descent into David's twisted world is hard to read about, so it's gratifying to see that she left. Carlene becomes somewhat of a spiritual agnostic during the course of her life after being thoroughy disillusioned by false Christianity. To her credit, she does study religious and biblical history; one wonders exactly what she studied at Bible college, since she gives no mention in the book of having read the entire Bible herself. Her subsequent divorce from David is hard on her children, but her resilience pays off: she attends college and earns a master's in communication. The title is a bit misleading; Carlene doesn't flee fundamentalism as much as she flees religious hypocrisy.

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