My intellectual and spiritual journey into Christianity has been long, spanning decades, but fulfilling.
I hope this page provides a glimpse into why, and how, I ended up embracing the teachings of Jesus and all that entails.
The picture to the left is me on the northern edge of the Sea of Galilee.
I belthe core of Jesus's teaching and ministry focuses on how love binds people in community, recognizes all people were created in God's image with unique talents and character, and through perseverance, grit, and commitment all human beings have the potential to rise above the personal and social forces that bind us.
Matthew 22: 37-40 (NIV)
I do not identify as Catholic, but this book by H.W. Crocker III is an excellent, relatively balanced history of this 2,000 year old institution. I don't think we can understand Christianity today without understanding the role of Catholicism in elevatig this the Christian spiritual system and practice.
This book by one of the most prolific Catholic intellectuals did a lot to help me understand Catholicism as well as evangelical and protestant Christian beliefs. Weigel doesn't shy away from the controversies, and his explanations are accessible and relevant to every day living
Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters by N. T. Wright is another book easily accessible to the non-scholar. Wright breaks down core concepts of Christianity within the context of Jesus's teaching. Another practical, contemporarily relevant book that's an easy read.
Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes by Kenneth E. Baily is essential reading for understand the story of Jesus in the bible Bailey takes an anthropological approach that challenges modern Christian myths while illuminating the wonder, complexity, and nuance of how Jesus lived within his historical and cultural context.
The Truth Mirage: An Introduction to Worldview for Biblical Christians is provocative, but Freddy Davis's forthright guide to navigating a secular world has a lot of value to Biblically-grounded Christians. A thought-provoking read, Davis challenges Christians to think abut the way they engage in the world and how they stay grounded spiritually.
These are a few key events and dates that, in retrospect, were crucial to my journey to Christianity as an adult.
I am brought up in the Catholic Church until the early 1970s. I am Christened as a baby, attend Sunday school, mass, and confirmed in the Church. Our family stops attendings Church, and I am immersed in a secular education and world.
I have a keen interest in philosphy, ethics, and political theory, but my education is secular. I graduate from a rigorous academic high school (The Miami Valley School) and attend Colby College, graduating in 1984. My professional life is immersed in questions of social and political ethics. I identify as a secular humanist.
On a road trip during my junior year in college, I am involved in a severe car accident. While I was not driving, my car was destroyed, and my injuries required surgery and recuperation. The experience leads to deep appreciation for living in and appreciating the moment. Reflections and gratitude for the beauty, blessings, and people in my life become part of my daily practice.
After graduate education in economics and public policy, I am grounded in utilitarianism as an ethical system. My economics education and teaching, however, leads me to consider universal "truths."
I am asked to teach world economic history for a professor on sabbatical at Wright State University. This course transforms my worldview in ways that propel my interest in Christianity. The Christian worldview, I begin to believe, holds the key to human happiness and prosperity. But it's complicated. More detail on this journey can be found here.
I begin identifying as a Christian in the late 1990s.
My study of different spiritual systems leads to to self identification with Christianity although I continue to search for a Christian world view that fits my understanding of how it applies in contemporary society.
I am Baptised at Element3 Church, publicly committing myself to conduct my life according to Jesus Christ and his teachings.
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James 4: 17-18 (NIV)