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Kaitlin Schmidt

Kaitlin Schmidt
Kaitlin Schmidt is a nanny and copy editor in Spokane. She hopes to teach English literature and writing to high school students. Schmidt grew up not knowing what a church was, but then experienced a sensational conversion to evangelical Christianity in her youth. Now in her mid-20s, she no longer considers herself evangelical but is still devotedly Christian.

How I abused rules as a Christian

I’ve come to realize that rules can be good when they have a good purpose, but when they are used to decide salvation, things get thorny. Jesus had something to say about that to the Pharisees.

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Dear Exhausted Evangelical: I struggle with inerrancy

So I became a defender of biblical inerrancy, the belief that the Bible is completely true. By true, I mean accurate, a word carrying connotations of history, science, factual and physical observation, and impartiality. In my mind back then, there might’ve been a little room for poetic language, but I saw myth, fairy tale and realistic fiction labels as excuses not to take the Bible seriously and, therefore, out of the question.

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Dear exhausted Evangelical

The end of the story is that I escaped my mental jail cell without losing my faith. But it wasn’t immediate or simple. It was a complicated process that involved trauma, unconventional theology classes, and listening to the unexpected, still, small voice of the Holy Spirit.

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