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I wrote some words about my journey through science, religion, and the world in between. Want to check them out?
I wrote some words about my journey through science, religion, and the world in between. Want to check them out?
I wrote some words about my journey through science, religion, and the world in between. Want to check them out?
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Agnostic-ish: My Search for Faith in a Scientific World

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What's up, people of the Internet? I wrote a book about my journey through science, religion, and the world in between.

The Journey

Once upon a time, there was a nerdling: a kid who, even in school, got in trouble for asking too many questions. That kid just so happened to be raised by a religious family - which led to a moment very early on where he had a decision to make: would he believe? Could he? Ultimately, that little nerd fell out of his childhood faith, and remained vaguely agnostic-ish for the better part of high school and college. He saw no more reason to take religion seriously; he knew that the truth (the whole truth, and nothing but the truth) was scientific, not religious, in nature. 

That is, until he realized that he might have been wrong the entire time.

The Book

Of course, I am he. And documenting this journey of questioning my faith in science has been my passion project for the better part of the last three years. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2013, I have worked full-time as a strategy consultant, and still travel weekly; this book was written exclusively on nights, weekends, and holidays. I couldn't have found the motivation unless I really, deeply cared about the subjects I tackled. Luckily, though, I could - because I do.

In the book, I dive into the most exciting research and furthest edges of psychology, biology, and physics - all in the hope of understanding the limits of scientific thinking and the relation of those subjects to developing religious faith. At the onset of my journey, it seemed to me that if you really understood science, there was no possible way to believe in God. This book is the story of my tests (and the trials and tribulations) of that hypothesis.

The Me

Most of you probably know me. But, if you don't - it's nice to meet you! Here's my #AuthorBio, because apparently I get to have one of those now.

A recent graduate of the University of Michigan, Christian is most often seen being generally obnoxious whenever the Wolverines are competing on the gridiron or hardwood. He is a life-long super-fan of his alma mater: he attended his first game in the Big House when he was just six years old, belonged to the Sigma Chi Fraternity and Compulsive Lyres A Cappella group while on campus, and plans indoctrinating his children in the ways of the maize and blue (after, you know, finding a girlfriend and getting married and so on). 

Christian currently earns his living traveling the country as a Strategy Consultant (he has traveled 150,000 miles and counting commuting via airplane), and plans to attend business school in 2017. In the free time that he will have after finishing this book, Christian plans to turn back to the hobbies that he has mostly forgotten of late: singing and songwriting, playing pick-up basketball (poorly), rock climbing, and being far too competitive in otherwise friendly games (e.g., Monopoly).

Risks and challenges

We good, team. The book is written; the printing on lock; FedEx apparently has a form of shipping specifically designed for mass shipments of "media."

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    You. You're a nice person. I like you. Let's hang out sometime, yeah?

    (Listed in the thank you section of the book.)

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    GLUTEN-FREE OPTION:

    Allergic to paper? E-book download here (compatible with Kindle and iPad) - and special thanks in the book!

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    SUPER DELUXE BOOK:

    Fighting the impending wave of technology? Good - me too. I can't stand e-books! Also listed in the special thanks section of the book; I can sign your copy if you want your very own copy of my illegible handwriting.

    (No shipping if you can pick it up from Minneapolis.)

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