My name is Erik DiVietro; and I am the primary contributor to the Manifesto.

I grew up in a fundamentalist pastor’s home; I attended a fundamentalist, baptist college; I served in a fundamentalist church for six years.

I am not a fundamentalist; and I think, based on Scripture, that Jesus still likes me.

This manifesto was born out of my personal struggles with a form of Christianity that no longer fit the inner need for a relationship with Jesus. It comes from a deep, difficult struggle with what Christian orthodoxy has become.

I could no longer honestly support fundamentalism; I could no longer tolerate the forms of Christianity I saw on Christian TV, heard on Christian radio; and read in most Christian books. To paraphrase Rob Bell, Christian is a great noun but a terrible adjective.

Much of the manifesto will upset people who I consider my friends. Jesus still likes them too.

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