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Casting Reason to the Winds

Reading my earlier post, it seems as if, in some ways, I 'took leave of my senses' and cast reason to the winds. In a sense, I suppose I did. In those days in the Elim Pentecostal Church, there was an expectation that you believed the whole bible - it was all true, and the implication, in becoming a Christian in that church, was that I did believe it all.

When I became a Christian, I had 'sorted out' some things in my head already - those difficult 'three way' conversations with Isobel and her dad. But there was a lot of stuff that I was, in the end, forced to 'take on trust'. Not long after becoming a Christian, I went off to university, as I said in my previous post. My initial aim was to get a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and then to join the army as an officer. That idea went out of the window fairly rapidly, for a variety of reasons, not least among which was that I became very interested in physics, and 'swapped' to become a physics major at the beginning of my second year. I then did a practical research project in low-temperature physics - studying some of the properties of superfluid liquid Helium. At that point, I knew what I 'wanted to be when I grew up' - a low temperature physicist. Which I became, gaining two higher degrees and spending many years working in a laboratory on experiments concerned with superfluid turbulence.

Apology!

I'm sorry I've been quiet for so long. Firstly, it's been August, and I've been having time off from my role as churchwarden. I haven't, though, had time off from thinking. I have been wrestling with some thoughts, and a possible blog post… I still haven't decided whether to post it or not, but have sent it to a few people I respect, asking them for their opinion before making a final decision. It concerns homosexuality, gay marriage, and all that.

I do have one or two other posts 'up my sleeve' - hopefully they will gradually appear over the next few weeks. The first is going up now, and is a follow-on to the second of my 'testimony' posts.

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