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Caliban
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Caliban

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  • About

    Gender:
    Male
    Region or City:
    California
    Occupation:
    Educator--I teach literature and writing
    Country:
    United States
    Faith:
    Skeptic
    Marital Status:
    Married
    I am including this mini spiritual bio because it is often assumed, that because I am an unbeliever, I must be unfamiliar with the Bible and the theological traditions which have deeply considered the meaning and implications of the text. I am now an agnostic atheist at the age of 43, But I was a Christian three years ago.


    I grew up in the church. I Joined the Navy after 9/11. In the Navy I got serious about studying theology—mostly Reformed theology. I loved J.I. Packer, John Calvin, R.C. Sproul, Sinclair Ferguson—and too many more to list. My wife and I were members of the RCUS (reformed Church in the United States. Our daughters were baptized, I served as a Deacon, and I taught Sunday School.


    I attended University on the G.I. Bill. My undergraduate degrees include English (emphasis on the Novel since 1945) and Religious Studies (Emphasis on Mark and the NT). I graduated university and attained advanced degrees in Literature, and Education. I teach writing and literature for a living.


    For most of my life, I considered my walk with Christ to be the foundation of everything I did and loved. I took 2 Corinthians 2:5 wholeheartedly—to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. But I began to read more scholarship that caused me to question my presuppositions about inerrancy, the historical reliability of the Bible, and the way I formed my opinions.


    The end of my faith happened when I studied epistemology. I knew the term from college and even knew of Alvin Plantinga’s ideas about it. But I just never studied it myself. Those mornings and evenings, before and after work were intense. I lost my faith by sitting on a couch reading books—but my heart was racing. I realized there was an entire world I had not considered because I previously had a version of reality that differed from a new vision full of possibility and curiosity. I was beautiful and freeing.


    I continue to study and the way I remain engaged with theology is by interacting with Christians on this forum. We probably don’t agree—but we might have a few years ago.

    What I currently think: The fact that we cannot detect a god or the supernatural is not evidence there is no god; but it is a reason to withhold believe.

    “The truth shall make you free, but first it shall make you angry.”
    ― Robert Green Ingersoll

    “There’s simply no polite way to tell people they’ve dedicated their lives to an illusion.”
    ― Daniel Dennett
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