About Chris

Ten years ago, the last thing I would have dreamed I would be is a writer. I had my sights set on studying computer programming, but as it turns out, you don’t go to college just to receive praise for being smart; you actually have to work. Several mistakes and unforeseen hardships later, I have a degree in philosophy (tentative! waiting for my degree review) and great hope for a future career.

Along the way, I have witnessed first-hand the immensely destructive effects of Christianity done poorly. Raised in the Bible Belt South, I grew up around conservative Christian culture, and while I accepted it wholesale until about high school, I saw it tear people apart as my friends and I grew up. If we were to know the followers of Christ by their love, then I knew this was not Christianity. Something was wrong.

After my changing beliefs tore apart my engagement to a young woman (and destroyed pretty much the rest of my life, too), I sought answers by studying philosophy and theology. Suddenly, long-held intuitions became clear, and I realized that the world was far more complex and wonderful than anything I had known previously. Illusions shattered, even as I learned how much still remained mysterious.

Christianity has reopened to me in almost a completely different form. While it is sometimes frightening to carry these new beliefs in a culture which often despises you for doing so, I muster what courage I can and press toward what I believe with all my heart to be the truth.

I have just recently completed my coursework in philosophy, and I am stepping out into the real world.

Oh, and there is a happy ending: while studying philosophy, I met a beautiful redheaded girl whom I successfully and happily married!

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12 Responses to About Chris

  1. Pat O'Leary says:

    Delighted to find a blog like this! I find a great deal of hope in finding others who think like this …and I’m emerging from a time of sorta hopelessness as regards the church. Keep posting! Keep thinking!

  2. jlcmom says:

    Happy to find you and enjoyed looking around a bit. I’m sure I’ll do more, and I’m now following your blog. My story is, I was raised in a progressive Christian household. We went to church and Sunday School every week, even when on vacation. My parents lived their faith, and didn’t talk about it a lot (except, “what did you learn in Sunday School today?” type discussions.) I didn’t really know that conservative Christianity existed.

    Then I married a guy who grew up in one of those Conservative Christian households. It has been an interesting journey. We moved far away from our families and figured out what worked for us, and that was a great process.

    20+ years later, a series of personal, mystical experiences has led me to delve into even deeper questions and other viewpoints, and my conclusions all seem to be that everything I find is consistent with what I know about God from my Christian upbringing. It might be said using different jargon, but the concept of God as unconditional love is at the root of it all. And I’m still exploring and discovering.

    http://meaningofstrife.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/encouraging-people/
    http://meaningofstrife.wordpress.com/?s=God%27s+Will&submit=Go

    Anyway, I’ll look forward to reading your stuff!!

    Meg

  3. Be encouraged, brother. Although it may seem like you are a voice in the wilderness, you’re not alone. Still, thank you for the courage to talk about your beliefs. Reading your posts, I was thinking that it’s odd that the fundamentals of Christianity are love and peace and the other fruits of the Spirit, but fundamentalists seem to be lacking these at times. May we all get back to the true fundamentals.

  4. Just been reading your blog. Keep up the good work.

  5. Quality not quantity. Though always good to find inspiration.

  6. Rick Blaine says:

    Hello, Chris! Mike Morrell asked me to contact you because he really appreciates your blog and thinks you’d be an excellent candidate for his Speakeasy Blogger Network. Do you like to review off-the-beaten path faith, spirituality, and culture books? Speakeasy puts interesting books in your hands at no charge to you. You only get books when you request them, and it’s free to join. Sign up here, if you’d like: http://thespeakeasy.info

    • Hi Rick, I signed up for Speakeasy a while ago but find that I rarely have time to read extra books. I will definitely keep you guys in mind, though, if I ever feel like taking up that commitment in the future.

  7. Mikel says:

    Hello Chris. I just found your blog today though a link someone on Facebook posted to https://thediscerningchristian.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/robin-williams-matt-walsh-morality-and-mental-illness/. I was also raised in a conservative Evangelical environment, and am now an atheist largely do to assertions and promises and expectations that were built up in me as a kid which made less and less sense to me the more I grew up and learned about the world. (That’s the ridiculously simplified version of my story. XD) I’ve read though a few of your blog posts today, mainly the one I mentioned before and the one titled something like “God is dead and the Newsboys have killed him.” Anyway, I love the way you think and couldn’t care less if you retain a belief in God or call yourself a Christian or not. If I’d been raised to think for myself and pursue the truth outside the narrow box of evangelical theology, the way you present ideas in your blog, my life story would probably look a whole lot different. I’m sure I’ll be back for more.

  8. Nina Bentley says:

    Thanks Chris. I am so glad I am not the only person who feels this way about the church culture. Sadly, since I never felt like I belonged in the “world” either, I feel totally confused about who I am in general at this point. It is like carrying a burden I never get to unload.

    -Nina

  9. Nancy Horner says:

    I have been following the Mars Hill , Mark Driscoll story primarily at Warren Throckmorton’s blog. You have some interesting insights regarding this on your blog. Thanks for writing.

  10. Joshua S. says:

    Chris, you are a fantastic writer, and I greatly enjoy your work, especially your posts on dehumanization. As a humanities major about to graduate from college, these are themes I care about. Keep doing your thing, man.

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