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 still writes and you can find his work here.
He lives in Central Florida with his wife and two daughters.
Subtopics: Ethics & morality, Leaving religion, Religious criticism
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