- Paperback: 290 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse; 1st edition (June 21, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0595441467
- ISBN-13: 978-0595441464
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,555,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Coming out of Fundamentalist Christianity: An Autogiography Affirming Sensuality, Social Justice, and the Sacred 1st Edition
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About the Author
Carolyn Baker grew up in the Midwest and resided in Colorado and California for most of her adult life. She holds a Ph.D. in Health and Human Services and a Masters in History. She has worked extensively in non-profit administration and was a psychotherapist in private practice for nearly two decades. In addition, she is the author of Reclaiming The Dark Feminine: The Price Of Desire and The Journey Of Forgiveness: Fulfilling The Healing Process. In 2006 she published U.S. History Uncensored: What Your High School Textbook Didn?t Tell You. For the past eight years, she has been an adjunct professor of history and is currently managing her website at www.carolynbaker.org as well as writing, traveling, and lecturing.
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Coming out of a conservative fundamentalist family myself, I wholeheartedly share Baker's belief when she says, "There is something inherent in Christian fundamentalism that attracts individuals who are fleeing the impact of coming to terms with their sexual orientation, dealing with their own experiences of being sexually abused, or confronting other issues regarding sexuality and that fundamentalism not only draws such individuals but fosters their hypocrisy, thereby exacerbating their suffering and the suffering of everyone close to them." Even at age 60, I'm still peeling off the layers of the onion in terms of the impact that my parent's repressed sexuality has had on me all my life. In a particularly poignant chapter near the end of the book entitled, "My Government, My Family," Baker exposes how the Christian fundamentalist right wing that now dictates our U. S. government policy has not only perpetrated a numbing and dumbing effect on the American citizenry, but exacerbated the suffering of people around the world. Anyone who likes this chapter will want to delve further into the dark side of The American Way by reading Baker's previous book, "U. S. History Uncensored: What Your High School Textbook Didn't Tell You."
As a former social worker in child protective service investigations, I encountered numerous children from families that fit the dysfunctional fundamentalist prototype of Carolyn Baker's nuclear family. Anecdotal evidence of similar families in my caseload, and in caseloads of my peers, indicated that an overwhelming majority of our reported incest cases tended to occur in dysfunctional families where (grand)parents attempted to mask intergenerational sexual abuse, family violence, mental illness, and a plethora of addictions with varieties of religious theologies. Such theologies ranged from vast right wing biblical fundamentalism to far-out, left wing quasi-Christian fantasies of Jesus' second coming from Sirius to Earth in a flying saucer. The socioeconomic and spiritual cost of the negative impact of this dysfunctional fundamentalism on the child victims, their families, the community-at-large and our social institutions is incalculable.
In short, I cannot recommend this book highly enough that draws a clear red line from the personal to the universal in regard to the heartbreaking tragedies caused by Christian fundamentalism in all its varying guises. If you want to discover who you are as a person and who we are as a nation, read Baker's autobiography! Whether you're gay or straight, you won't be disappointed.