Am I Qualified
to explain this theology?
I was raised a Fundamentalist, as was everyone else I knew. When I went to the Univ of NM, in 1936, I enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, for reasons I do not remember. The first-year curriculum was pretty well spelled out for us: I took Chemistry 101 – Inorganic Chemistry, and Anthropology 101 – Intro. I probably had three other courses that I do not remember, but somewhere in the Chemistry course, I decided that I wanted to become a scientist. These two science courses indoctrinated me in the Scientific Method, and in the scientist’s mind-set. I majored in Chemistry and in Mathematics. After graduation, I taught Chemistry (only) at Albuquerque High School. With the military breathing down my neck, I moved on after one year to work in the so-called defense industries. That is to say, I became a professional scientist and remained one for 26 years of my professional life.
I didn’t know it then, but a scientist depends almost entirely on his Rational Brain. Even so, I was aware that I had emotional-health problems, but I thought that these were Rational Brain problems: Psychology and Psychiatry being ‘sciences’. Because of this misconception, I was never able to overcome these problems.
In 1980 I quit smoking altogether, and of course, began to gain weight. To help me with this problem, I joined OA. This is the organization that turned me on to the ‘Feeling Brain’ – ‘Get in touch with your feelings’, was one of their many slogans. Eventually, after several years in OA, I became aware of the relationship between Religion and the Feeling Brain.
In summary, I was in that population who rely almost solely on the Rational Brain, but when it became obvious that my Feeling Brain was screwing up my life, I was forced to explore and develop my Feeling Brain. I think that this unique background has contributed to my understanding of this new theology.