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I became a fundamentalist Christian, but it was short-lived. A year later, I was very confused about what I believed. Much of the book is about that confusion and how I tried to piece together a faith that made sense. What drew you to the evangelical movement as a teenager?

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Like most evangelicals, I was not initially drawn to the movement so much as I was drawn to the idea of Jesus. I wanted to experience the love and acceptance of God. Of course, the culture of evangelicalism helped make that possible, because evangelicals tend to be very careful about culture — the right music, the right clothes, the right tone.

What are your views toward the movement 10 years later, and why have they changed? My views are all over the place, partly because evangelicalism itself is all over the place. Evangelicals are not the monolithic, ideologically predictable folks the media make them out to be. I admit that a certain kind of hard-core, right-wing, Bible-thumping evangelical has made a lot of noise in recent years, but I tend to think that version of evangelicalism is fading.

Evangelicals are reconsidering their politics, their interpretations of the Bible, their church structures, and more. While that rethinking project is happening, I do think evangelicals are facing another major problem, which is that many of them have capitulated entirely to the culture of consumer capitalism. As long as evangelical churches will not consider how Christianity might require a resistance to the values of consumerism, they are doing themselves a great disservice. How would you label your current faith? Copyright Stokes, Christopher.

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My Faith. Emmons January 25, Paul's conversion began when, with a flash of light, he fell from his horse.

Why Paul? Emmons writes from Pennsylvania. Scripture Says Following is the story of St. He is there praying, and [in a vision] he has seen a man named Ananias come in and lay [his] hands on him, that he may regain his sight. And here he has authority from the chief priests to imprison all who call upon your name. He got up and was baptized, and when he had eaten, he recovered his strength.