Blake Chastain mostly publishes on Substack now. Profile picture
Host: @exvangelicalpod; writer, Post-Ev Post. Writing a book, doing other things. Started #exvangelical, sry/yw. He/him.
Sep 14, 2018 7 tweets 3 min read
One key lesson I’d love for the Left to learn from #Exvangelical folks is this: evangelicalism, the engine of religious conservatism in America, has become increasingly constrictive over the decades. Their ability to tolerate dissent of any kind in their community is near zero. Over the past few decades, through concerted efforts across a variety of evangelical institutions, social & political dissent has been quashed from within. Examples include Paige Patterson’s fundamentalist takeover of the SBC in ‘98 & the increased conservatism on Xian campuses.
Aug 15, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
I wish theocratic fundamentalists would admit that their understanding of Christianity is completely ahistorical and the refusal to acknowledge their ties to white supremacy, misogyny, and homophobia makes them incapable of confronting their own apostasy & need for repentance. Honestly, ask any #Exvangelical who left evangelicalism and continued to engage with the broader history of Christianity. It's like escaping a fishbowl and being released into the ocean.
Feb 22, 2018 18 tweets 3 min read
Ok. So one theme that’s been rolling around my head over the past few days has been one of the key themes of #exvangelical experience: a sense of betrayal by your elders. This may include your family of origin, or it may not. But it will almost certainly include your faith of origin or your most formative faith experience: evangelicalism itself.