Excerpt from Making Belief

Book from Amazon“At first, there were no writings, no rules, and no churches. Just stories about Jesus of Nazareth.

Try to picture that for a moment. Nothing but wide-eyed people whispering to one another about an amazing man.

Gradually people wrote down these stories, whether first or second hand. As they were passed around, there blossomed myriad interpretations of this astonishing person’s life and the things he was said to have said. Different communities with different ideas and emphases sprang up in different places—wildflowers in a field—the revelation of Christ interpreted differently in the hearts of humans.

If by “traditional” we mean the oldest version of something, then this ragtag riffing, these quirky campfires, are the most traditional form of Christianity we know of.”

—from “Making Belief,” now available on Amazon


About nosuchthingasastraightline

I grew up in tiny Lyme, New Hampshire, where I drew, roamed the surrounding woods, and first entertained the idea of God while listening to my mom's Beatles records. I studied biology at Harvard University where I wrote for The Harvard Lampoon and also began writing poetry. I have since made a living variously as a comedy screenwriter, teacher, and private tutor in math, science and writing. I’ve released three CDs of original music as the singer-songwriter and guitar player for Crooked Roads (listen to latest tracks here: https://soundcloud.com/crooked-roads). My poetry writing has been inspired by Rumi, Billy Collins, William Carlos Williams, e.e. cummings, Antonio Machado, Federico Garcia Lorca, and others. My two books of poetry, "The Morning I Married the Sky," and “Free this Morning” are both available on Amazon.
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