Leaving the Fold: Testimonies of Former Fundamentalists

Between an introduction and an appendix provided by Babinski, a former Christian fundamentalist turned agnostic, more than thirty others, including well-known cotemporary religious writers such as Harvey Cox and Sam Keen, explain how and why they first embraced, and later abandoned, their Christian fundamentalist belief. Beginning with an essay entitled “Fundamentalism’s Grotesque Past,” this fascinating collection paints a revealing picture of what first attracts people to fundamentalism and what later drives them away. More than that, Leaving the Fold discusses the fears and dilemmas faced by those who choose to leave the Church. Although the tone is clearly antifundamentalism, the individual statements are thoughtful and intelligent. Christians, agnostics, atheists and those who question their own religious convictions will find Leaving the Fold engrossing.