I was raised in Governor’s Harbour in the Bahamas by my Danish father and English mother.
I had ten years of boarding school: De Carteret in Jamaica, and Stowe in England. As the schools were nominally Anglican (i.e. Church of England) they taught religion – the life of Jesus without reference to the Roman occupation of Palestine. They also taught history – including the history of the Roman Empire, without reference to the life of Jesus.
At Stowe I realized that Christianity is only believable if you don’t contextualize Jesus within the Roman occupation.
My fascination with religion and history was also stimulated by the conflicting viewpoints of my parents. My mother believed in everything: reincarnation, flying saucers, the Lost Continent of Mu, you name it. My father was a journalist, and he believed nothing and no one.
Two strongly conflicting opinions on everything at home, no real opinions about anything expressed by school. I guess that’s a good start, for thinking for yourself.
(That’s part of it. Also, I like writing! You may have noticed some poetry in this blog. My other blog focuses on formal verse, as you might guess from its site – formalverse.com – which is connected to my position with Sampson Low Publishers as Series Editor for Potcake Chapbooks – form in formless times.)
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