Re-evaluating the past
How often does life go full circle? I was following Lorena’s blog around 2008 and found it again a few days ago. I had long come to the conclusion that there is an enormous difference between the Christian RELIGION and the Christian FAITH. I have said that I have far more empathy with some atheists than I do with those ‘Christians’ who think they have all the answers. I am now 76 but in 2008 I still knew nothing about Aspergers Syndrome. Erin – another name from the past – made the first comment on your post. When I looked at Erin’s blog I saw comments from Barry and Sue – two more names from the past that I had lost touch with.
I had known Sue from about 2005(?) and it was one of Barry’s posts in 2008 about Autism and Introverts that encouraged me to take an online quiz that suggested I had full blown AS. When I started exploring the meaning of this it was a real eye opener and very exciting – because it helped to explain why I am the way I am. I have two children and each one has a child with ‘autistic tendencies’. I didn’t know at the time that my son was exploring the possibility that his daughter might have AS. I was talking to him about the difficulties I had had with eye contact when he asked me if I had ever noticed that he had had the same problem – always looking on the ground. Only then did it click – when talking to someone face to face I didn’t look on the ground I looked at their chest – and had never realised how that might be interpreted by women! Later we came to the conclusion that my father had displayed several of the ‘symptoms’.
I found listening to John Robison very enlightening. It is said that one of the ‘perfect’ jobs for those with AS would be programming computers. It was in 1967 that I was ‘accidentally’ offered a job as a trainee programmer. It would have been around 1973 when as part of a job evaluation, my boss had said to me that I seriously underestimated my own abilities – and that was a real surprise.
I was subsequently made redundant for the fourth time in 1990 and have not had a full time job since then. It was in 1995 that I was forced for the second time to reconsider just about everything I had been taught about the Christian RELIGION but it wasn’t until 2010 that many of the pieces of the jigsaw began to fit together.
It was in July last year that I was introduced to WordPress as an ideal tool for developing a community web site (something I had been involved with in the past). I soon realised how good it was and started re-writing my personal blogs that had been in Blogger. It was in August that the controversy surrounding the reality or otherwise of Adam and Eve came to a head again in America – and my blog continues the story from that point.
It was only at the beginning of May that I finally brought it all together which was when I started following up on some of my old contacts.
I think I’m right in thinking that Erin was at one time a guest editor for The Porpoise Driven Life (Bill Dahl). There was an interesting review and interview with the author of ‘Christianity After Religion’ in April that prompted me to write an open letter to them.
That’s more than enough for now! One of the things I like about WordPress is the ability to use pages that are effectively hidden except to those who know the page is there. Rather than write separately to the others I’m loading this to my blog here and inviting them to read this and comment accordingly. My journey has obviously been so very different – but then I didn’t come from a fundamentalist background.