Daddy Issues

I’ve been writing out my personal story lately, and am working on installment six.

Last night, despite her usual reticence, my wife and I were discussing the manipulation and spiritual abuse we endured early in our Christian life, detailed in installment 5. In particular we were discussing why I was so compliant with J and the other leaders, why I was so willing to defer my autonomy to them. Even within my biography, that I haven’t the patience to go backwards in right now, I focus on my powerful belief in God/Jesus and my fear of not being obedient to him, and so on.

But while we were chatting, my wife said, “You know, maybe it was also another manifestation of your daddy issues, growing up as you did without a father. Maybe you looked at them as substitutes for the missing male figure in your life.” Continue reading

Pillars of the Earth

Another aside from the Survey of Doubt.

I found this video on the other day.  If you’ve kept up with the posts, you know that it’s my contention that Christianity (actually all of the Abrahamic Religions) are constructs of man attempting to explain the, at the time, unexplainable.  Man experienced unexplainable phenomena, while still dealing with the same great unknowns we still wrestle with today.

This video illustrates the possibility that what became Moses’s pillars of smoke and fire were actually a volcano.

A couple things to keep in mind.  One, the guy is an unbeliever, so he can be snarky (can’t we all?)  So apologies in advance to Christian friends who view this.  Two, this is only a conjecture.  Continue reading