I grew up in a medium size town in Appalachia--the kind of town that flies under the radar outside of the region. We were conservative in our religion, moderate in our politics, and loyal to our friends and family. Of course this broad stroke paints a far simpler picture than reality, but that is how I saw it. I heard about Hell fire from the pulpit and was very concerned about questioning the Truth. I was told to accept it in faith. However, I was curious from an early age about other faiths and people far and wide that did not know about our little church. How would they know how to escape the torments of the abyss? What stemmed from genuine compassion and concern grew into a lifelong quest that sought answers, valued reason, and frequently dwelt on how we know what we know. This site is a fruit of that journey.
It is important to think about issues of our day in light of ancient wisdom from the Bible, philosophers, and other informed sources. An informed worldview should include an appreciation of the arts; there is an interesting connection between the Creator, the creature, and the creature's need to create.
I believe that we should all question our reality--our own circumstances, our worldview, our presuppositions, and the world around us. I do not believe that we should take everything for granted, just because that is what our parents believed or our schools and religious institutions taught us. Many warning signs go up once we start down this road. We hear, "Its a slippery slope; you better come back!" However, I have always wanted to seek the truth, to know the truth, and accept its implications, even if I did not like those implications. I would rather know that my religion was bogus than not know. It took me a while to gain the courage to take the right steps, but it was well worth it once I did.
I wish I could say that I have it all figured out now. I do not. I am still very confident about some things; I am content to not know or understand everything. I have learned that doubts are ok, for they are often the catalyst that drives us to seek answers. Sometimes, they lead to more doubts, but the journey continues. One of the blessings of following this path is that it leads to humility and understanding towards other who are on their own journeys. I look forward to the rest of this voyage and insights from fellow pilgrims along the way.