Transitioning Away from Christianity It is seven minutes until the wedding begins and as I have never sang to a live audience before, I am sweating profusely and am greeted by cold chills as I look down to review the a capella Episcopal marriage hymn “How Great thou Art” which I am expected to perform to my Christian family in a matter of minutes. I am nine years of age and a very shy, easily influenced young boy who has been raised by two Christian parents who had both been brought up by deeply-rooted Christian’s before them. It bothered me deeply that I was expected to sing praise at such an important event in two people’s lives when I myself wasn’t even sure what I believed in! So was I acting on my own free will reciting this extremely spiritual hymn to bring two strangers into holy matrimony? Had I really made this conscious decision to sing praise to the Christian “God” that all these people followed and lived by? The way I felt about this performance I was to put on in a matter of minutes was only a tiny peek into my rethinking of my entire Christian life from baptism to when doubt’s cruel tendrils first crept up my spine, thus transitioning away from Christianity. I, like many other infants before me, was forced to endure the very culturally popular ceremony that would begin my life as a Christian, whether I knew it or not. When I was just a small child I was baptized into the Episcopal church of my hometown Charleston, South Carolina. I could not feed myself, form comprehensible words, or even wipe my own bottom, let alone think for myself or make serious life decisions such as my choice of religion. Regardless of these facts, there I was being cast into this mass-culture orthodoxy, which could even be looked at as a lifestyle, before I could show any sign of defiance besides letting out a blood-curdling cry (which was met with extensive “awwwh’s” and “goo-goo gah-gah’s) as they dipped my very bald head into the pool of water that a total stranger had not much earlier washed his hands in to create a metaphor which I had no chance of understanding at the time. Fast-forward to my pre-adolescent years, where I had experienced several Easter’s, Christmas’ and Lent’s. I am young, happy and pure with not a care in the world. I did not think it the least bit odd that I was going to these Episcopal church services every week and speaking words of hope, praise and thanks to an unknown entity with my family every time we sat down to eat dinner or before I retired to my bunk bed each night, I thought everyone did it, it just seemed normal as this had become a regular part of my schedule. I almost even enjoyed these moments, because they seemed mysterious and conveyed the impression that the prayers we spoke brought my family closer together. It nearly gave me the feeling of stability, and actually helped me get to sleep at night as I sincerely believed speaking these sacred phrases to some greater existence would actually change my fate, both in short and long-term durations. “Most Christians suffer from a form of mental dyspepsia. A detachment from reality which I can only dub christopsychosis or bibliopsychosis, both being particular forms of theopsychosis. The only cure and protection: thinking, logic, and reason, is hard to administer. Often the condition is acute and incurable, and has proven to be malignant and contagious.”---Eljay. It was not a sudden change, no one significant event or discovery made me suddenly denounce myself from the Christian following, but I can pinpoint the point in my life when I began to question my belief. It was on Christmas day, in my eighth year of existence. My mother, father and I were…
Entrepreneurship Reflection Essay
HCS/567 Entrepreneurship in Health Care
October 8th, 2014
Entrepreneurship Reflection Essay
Entrepreneurs are always trying to come up with new ideas or trying to improve procedures which make this a new innovated idea that will make them different from others. “The way to improve the U.S. health care system is through innovation and entrepreneurism” (Herzlinger & McPherson, 2009, p.…
Does waiting for your child to be a year older really help them for their first year of school? I would have to say no that holding your child back until they are six years old and then sending them to school is not as effective. “Redshirting” is the act of holding your child back from school until they are six years old. However I think it would personally be more effective to start right away at a year earlier. The reasons that I think it would be better to start school earlier…
Christian Service Hours Reflection Project
The spring semester deadline for all service hours is Thursday, May 10th.
Reflection Project (and Presentations) Due: (2nd semester) Friday, May 11, 2012 period 1 and Monday, May 14, 2012
Project Guidelines: Choice one, or a combination, of the following formats: essay (1” border, 12 point, Times New Roman font, double spaced, 2 pages in length, plus cover page), art project (e.g., drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, photography)…
Jesus Reflection Essay
Christianity is based on the life of Jesus Christ. The topics that reflect in my life are Jesus’ teaching, miracles, and his death and resurrection.
In Jesus Teachings (Matthew 5:10), “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” I learned that the stronger your relationship with God is the more trials you will go through. From my life experience when my family relationship is strong in God, we end up going through…
The following paper will be a personal reflection of what I have learned from this experience and give me the opportunity to look at my strengths and weaknesses so that I may grow.
My mom found this quote, read it to me and asked me to think about it. "My power lies in balance. I strive for equality and choose not to indulge in instant gratification at the expense of my purpose. I am responsible for my own decisions and take on only what I can handle based upon that which I value…
successful. Overall, my connection with the prompt and letter was exceptional. I have to work on elaboration and specifically accounting the reasoning behind my claims.
While writing my essay, one of the important things that I missed was a good structure, elaborated vocabulary and transitions in my essay. While writing, even though I had supported my claim, evidence, and some support, it was very choppy and much of it was misplaced. For example, in my third paragraph I had detailed what Banneker…
7 December 2014
Since I was five years old I’ve always been in love with teaching. Every day I would come home after school, line up my dolls, and pretend that I was a teaching a class. My mom has always said that she could hear each one of my teachers, teaching traits and words come out of me, as I was pretending to teach my dolls. My love for teaching started then, and has only gotten stronger. Growing up we had a family friend who's daughter has…
I certify that this submission is my original work and meets the Faculty’s Expectations of Originality.
Ian Llamas June 11, 2013
Reflection Essay #4
The world have been more and more connected thanks to the help of new technology. Globalization is very transparent in the twentieth century due to ease access of information. In North America the negative after shock of globalization is felt. America used to be a dominant country in technology, now other countries are improving…
Religion has been viewed as one of the most controversial topics in society. There are many different religious groups worldwide with even more subcategories within each religion. I would consider myself to be a part of the Jewish faith, but I do not practice my religion. Therefore I interviewed my girlfriend who is a part of the Christian belief system. Although she doesn’t claim to be a devout Catholic who attends mass every Sunday, she respects and acknowledges the traditions…
Reflection Essay #1 / Week 2
Thread: American Ideals
The governing structures of the New England area was primarily Theocratic in nature while the Chesapeake area had royal governing heads appointed by the mother country. This can perhaps give us insight into the development of these areas as well as the challenges they faced. The New Englanders, being more religiously oriented than its Southern neighbors, would therefore have challenges more religious in nature; issues developed between the sects…