Who am I and why do I want to read the King James Bible?
My name is Bruce and I'm 49, married, and live in Chicago. I was raised Catholic but am now an Atheist.
When I was young, I went to Catholic elementary school and served as an altar boy for several years before heading into public high school, a local community college, and finally, graduating from a Catholic university. My family was very involved in the church. My mother was the first female to read from the gospel at our church back in the early 1970's. It was very controversial at the time but seems very benign now. After mass on Sundays, my family, along with others, would gather at the church rectory for a pot luck lunch. I was amazed that the priests would smoke, drink scotch and watch football with the other men at lunch. Work one hour a week, then party. I wanted to be part of this outfit!
When I was a child I was very curious about anything supernatural. Ghosts, UFOs, Bigfoot. If there was a blurry photo of it, I believed in it. My mother wanted me to be an oceanographer or work for NASA. She tried to explain to me that my belief in these things was silly because there was absolutely no evidence that they existed. A blurry photo or witness testimony was not evidence. I resisted for many years but eventually saw her point of view. My mom was happy when I gave up my silly beliefs, until I started asking questions about god.
To be continued...