Therefore, at the beginning of term I usually tell students that I refuse to answer such questions because I do not want to confirm their prejudices one way or the other. It is, I tell them, up to them to try to figure out what I believe. But, so that they know I am not dodging the issue, I promise to say something about my own beliefs at the end of the course.
Whitehaven harbor -photo Douglas Gemmell - Wiki Commons
I was born in Whitehaven, Cumbria, England, and spent my childhood in various parts of the north of England. At the age of 15 I left school, as did most members of my generation, and began a six-year apprenticeship in gas fitting. After its completion I worked as a manager for the North Western Gas Board in Manchester, England, and later as a lecturer in gas technology at what was then Stretford Technical College.
Cheadle Parish Church of St. Mary photo by Alexander P. Kapp
When I was eighteen years old, while still an apprentice, I experienced an evangelical conversion through the open air preaching of Val Grieve and the Cheadle Parish Church youth group. Contact with this active evangelical Anglican Church radically changed my life since none of the people I worked with made any pretense of being Christian ...
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