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I have un-bashfully taken the road less traveled, to research and study and to ask the most perplexing questions of our generation.
My journey started about sixteen years ago, when I began to question the prevailing theories of our existence. Like many college freshmen, I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do; but I spent many hours engaged in independent study. It didn’t seem like anyone was offering a course of study which integrated my biblical foundation with the scientific world. It was either one or the other, either the bible or science. Then a series of events reinforced my growing desire for the concreteness of my faith. I didn’t become a doubting Thomas, but felt that the world needed the nail scarred hand.
First in 2001, I purchased my first home at the age of twenty three. This house and its story I later realized was one miraculous example of divine guidance. A few years after purchasing the home, the former owner came to visit. They missed the home and wanted to see how it was doing. Apparently the house was once part of one of the affluent Jewish communities, the previous owner was the Rabbi of the old synagogue which now houses my church. The rabbi was now dead but his wife and their son who is also a rabbi returned home to find the old home still resting on the Sabbath. This beautiful home was also endowed with a very large library and it was precisely this challenge to fill the empty shelves, which triggered my hobby for book collecting. Later, I stumbled upon a book which changed the trajectory of my life forever. It was
Timothy Ferris’ World Treasury of Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics
It was not so much the contents of the book, but the cover. Here were all the genius’ who had ever discovered, invented or in some way dramatically influenced the developing worlds’ ability to function and compute itself; but no one on the cover looked at all like me. They were mostly European males and I couldn’t understand why not a single black person had made enough of a contribution to be featured on the cover. This begun my digging into the history of science.
Then my daughter Victoria fell ill in 2002 and died in 2004; so I decided to study premedical sciences to prepare for medical school. During my first semester back at school a year later, I encountered an English literature professor who worked very hard to prove the evolutionary theory through literature. We studied Stephen Crane’s Open boat, Hemmingway’s Soldier’s Home, among the writings and thoughts of others like Nietzhe and Darwin to illustrate this concept of a world evolving from the childish and romantic idea of a benevolent God to an aged and matured generation of realists and pragmatic thinkers. Marafino would end every one of his rants with the question, Ask yourself if there was truly a God why would he let all of these children die next door of cancer. How could he have known, that I had just lost my daughter next door at the very hospital in question and to cancer.
I considered his constant pondering as a challenge for me to finally explain my faith on his pragmatic terms.
In 2007 after paying the fees for graduation from Capital Community College, I couldn’t imagine where to turn to complete my journey; so I decided to finish my independent research. I never imagined that the process would have lasted as long as it did.
In 2009 after completing my training and certification at the highest level of management for a Holiday Inn Hotel, I realized that the energy and time required to manage a full service property and raise three children would leave no room for writing.
It was a very difficult decision, but the more I dug the deeper the well and eventually the search became addictive, my thirst for answers was unquenchable.
Then Richard Dawkings, wrote a book which compiled the stories of many ancient people and civilizations. Dawkings intended to draw the similar conclusion of a world advanced beyond the need for myths; but even with my limited work in the sciences and after reading Tim Ferris’ entire treasury of scientific knowledge, I could see all of these stories as metaphors of scientific conclusions. The indisputable and irrefutable correlation between science and our ancient legends led to the completion of The Science of Sacred Scripture.
Then I began my research into history and found even more revolutionary evidence. I discovered that the terms from Webster’s original dictionary (pre-emancipation 1850) were altered. Shakespeare’s moor from the 16th century was intended to represent a prevalence of Africans in the EMERGING European population. Beyond Shakespeare the presence is so incredibly superfluous that the simple change of term, so that moor originally defined as “Black people from North Africa” then became redefined as Arab. But these minute discrepancies were like bread crumbs left on an arduous trail, the end there of, is an entirely new story- Our Story like no one has ever told it before.
Ten years after Victoria’s death I’ve honored her life and journey by pouring my heart, my soul and the essence of my being into finding this Blue Print.
I am currently enrolled at the Charter Oak State college and hope to receive a Bachelors in History credited for my prior learning and independent research. My ultimate goal is to complete my PHD in an interdisciplinary field between anthropology and theology.
I come before you bare and transparent, but divinely appointed and educated, chiseled by the refining fires of life’s tragedies.
Without the backing of institutional scholarship, I’ve labored to ensure accuracy and irrefutable integrity in my work.
It is my hope and prayer that this will suffice and that the providential guidance for this work will supplant our traditional valuation of merit and scholarship.
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