I came here, effectively, by accident. After the death of my wife in March 2010, I spent some time reading about Near Death Experiences (NDEs) that I
found via google. One of these was the story, published here, by an ATS moderator, KingLizard. I liked the story and the thread, and it encouraged
me to read some other posts on the site. Unfortunately, what I found in that forum (and a number of others) was an awful lot of ignorance as regards
Christianity, even by some who considered themselves to be Christian. That led me, after a time, to register as a member, to respond to some of the
Subsequently, I have spent most of my time here as an Orthodox Christian Apologist, though I also have embraced the "Deny Ignorance" motto quite
literally -- my educational background and professional career has required me to become something of a "universalist" as regards my studies, so I
have a passable knowledge of maths, physics, biology, accounting, political science, geology, history, and so on. My point is not to shout down
anyone, rather, to try and make certain that claims being made are reasonable, and that when claims being made violate known facts, people are at
least aware of the fact.
Today, if you look at my ATS "friends" list, you will see that most of the people there are either agnostics or atheists. And they are people that
I like, respect, and appreciate, very much -- perhaps not friends, in the "sat down and had a beer up the pub with them" sense, but friends,
nonetheless. Friends, because they challenge me, they pose questions that make me think, make me consider what I really believe, and why I believe
One of my favourite computer games got that status from its title -- A Mind Forever
, and that's how I view myself. Though my existence is couched by the matters of this world -- my physical being, my relationship
to reality, those around me -- I consider "myself" to be something beyond that. So long as I am alive and self aware, I will continue to learn, to
share my knowledge with others, and to strive towards an ultimate truth, whatever that works out to be.
ATS, or alternatively, some users of ATS, represent one path to that goal.