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Friday, August 1, 2008

How I started reading Primary sources

It came by accident, well, nothing really happens by accident, but it all started in undergrad at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee Alabama.

I met all kinds of people from different christian denominations and other religions. I eventually became friends with alot of them, and we would argue about doctrine and scripture passages.

With the Seventhday Adventists, the issues were "The Sabbath, dietary laws, the 10 commandments, Ellen G. White, the Archangel Michael, and eschatology in general".

With the Oneness Pentecostals, the issues were "The Trinity vs Modalism and Sebellianism in general."

We would argue over scripture passages back and forth, and when that didn't go anywhere, they approached me with Church history, and with the Seventhday Adventists, it was Church History as well as books by their scholars.

Well, I told them that I couldn't just take their word for it, nor could I just trust thier scholars. Instead, I said if these issues are really that important, then I should do my own research.

And that's pretty much how it started. The internet was around then, so I got most of my stuff online. I printed out loads and loads of stuff from the Ante-Nicene, and Nicene Fathers. And I just started reading them. In that process, I ran into David Bercot's webpage, and in his books and C.D.'s he is always telling his listeners and reader base. not trust secondary and tertiary sources. He is not always consistent with that (I have an axe to grind with him), but some of his followers and former followers (like myself) have a mindset of "reading it from the hourses mouth".

So off and on, for about 10 years now. I have been reading alot of the primary sources of not only Ancient christian works, but also Roman Catholic, Protestant, and post protestant works as well. Like Jacobus Arminius, and others.

Most of it is topical and academic in nature. I try to see what similar schools of thought had to say about a certain issue.

I guess in a way, it turned into a hobby.

I still keep in touch with my Seventhday Adventist, and former Oneness Pentecostal friends, as well as a number of followers (and former followers) of David Bercot.



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