Who is this man with the shiny pants?
Thanks for dropping by Cognitive Discopants. I must confess that I’m neither a scientist, nor a biblical scholar. I’m a trial lawyer who sometimes wishes he were a scientist or biblical scholar. I seem to spend most of my non-lawyering time gobbling up whatever information I can find on science, biblical studies, theology and the North American evangelical culture.
I was raised in a very traditional setting. Evangelical home, church and school. I thought that I had really examined my faith in my late teens and 20s. In reality, I had just read some apologetics books that answered questions I didn’t even have. Yet I concluded that I had really “questioned my faith and made it my own”.
It wasn’t until I hit my 30s that I began to encounter the outside world in a real way. I began to see that the answers I’d always given for difficult questions were trite, inadequate and sometimes downright wrong. I began to appreciate that the rigorous study done by academics, whether in Christian institutions or secular, was not something to be afraid of. The fruits of their studies consistently provided better and more reliable answers than the ones I’d encountered in the Christian bookstore.
This blog is my way of working through the cognitive dissonance that comes with a search for authentic faith that isn’t afraid to ask questions, revisit cherished assumptions, or embrace truth, no matter where I find it.
[Update: As of July 24, 2011, I am now happily married to the love of my life, Katrina. You can follow her photography exploits at her blog: Blue Bottle Photography. You can also ask her to photograph your wedding or family, as we would probably welcome an excuse to travel to you ]