I knew three things for sure in my childhood: Jesus was the only way to heaven, Democrats were ruining America, and women’s lib was the most horrifying invention since evolution.
I was an earnest, evangelical, right-wing Christian fundamentalist in America’s heartland. I took the Bible literally, and I thought everyone else should, too. My family didn’t confine our beliefs to church, which we attended at least three times each week. We prayed aloud before eating in restaurants. We spent our summer vacations at missionary camp and occasional weekends at prophecy conferences, learning how the world would end.