About the Author
Born and raised in California TR has enjoyed a relatively long life through mostly good times in America during which, he says, “I have certainly experienced my share—and then some—of the American Dream and all that suggests, especially that of opportunity. Like so many average Americans, I’m a beneficiary of the open American social system, capitalistic economic model, and democratic government from which, combined, flow such provisions as public goods (including public health, public education), economic opportunity, freedom of worship, freedom of movement and social security, in the broadest understanding.”
“These factors have allowed and enabled me opportunities to pursue both professional as well as personal life goals. As such I’ve been privileged to live and work over much of America (East & West Coasts, Mid-America and the Southwest) as well as living and working on four continents while engaged in global business, both in very large (as a manager) and very small (as an entrepreneur) businesses. I’ve experienced both successes and some failures. The personal objectives and rewards of family have been realized, not without losses along the way, but also with pride and hope in the next generation, to which I collaborated in contributing three fine sons and nurturing a caring stepdaughter as well.
Since 1999 I have authored three works of political commentary and one of theological/religious significance. Politically each focuses on America’s general political environment with each attempting to provide a broader and clearer picture of not only the obvious problem (of national balance), but more importantly, how we might approach correcting what I perceive most believe is/should be a correctable situation. BOOM, A Revolting Situation, is the latest in this trilogy, and I believe the most clarifying. As the book lays out, there is a simple solution, believe it or not. However, as most know, and to paraphrase Ronald Reagan, simple does not always mean easy!
God Versus The Idea of God is my first venture writing polemically on the subject of theology and religion. I hope it will not be my last. Writing it has introduced me to an expanded vista on this most personal of subject matter that I believe might well be worth sharing. This book’s focus is on addressing the emotionally stressing issue of doubt, personal religious doubt, or skepticism, if you prefer, concerning the credibility and relevance of Christianity’s traditional compensator-offering (of revelation) within Modernity’s empirical and material offering of (reason) regarding the world we live in. Is there a “right” and “wrong” presentation between the two?
Religiously, I guess you could describe me until pretty late in life as a “casual” or superficial church attending professed Christian. I don’t come from a strong Christian family background. A late-in-life remarriage to an outstandingly fine conservative, evangelical Christian woman was a significant influence in my giving increased attention to the theological/religious in life. To turn to the book, I describe it this way:
‘. . . I have for the past several years devoted considerable time ‘bringing myself up to speed.’ What has been the result of all this church attendance, self-searching, sectarian study and education? Unfortunately, it is not one of a greater faith, but o
ne of a greater skepticism.’
Out of such doubt, such skepticism, has come my writing on this subject. I have little personal uncertainty concerning the existence of Providence, of the divine, if you will. What I do have are questions and concerns about how Christianity presents the divine to us today—pretty much as it did almost 2,000 years ago. Is it still credible for most? If it’s not, why not? A major issue seems to be reconciling traditional “truths” with Modernity’s understanding of the world we live in (Too often overgeneralized as revelation vs. reason). For me personally, and if I may say so generally, the health of our religious sphere needs to be addressed. A confident and stable religious segment of society is important to the general health of the overall society, not to mention the individual’s own non-material needs in life.”
In addition to his books, TR writes essays and polemics on current issues or on the writings of others, on an on-going basis. Most of these are posted on his writing website, The American Family Gazette.com (Segments on the religious are just getting up to speed).
TR is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, The Thunderbird School of International Management—then called The American Institute for Foreign Trade—and New York University where he earned an MBA degree. He served three-plus years in Uncle Sam’s Navy in the Pacific region.
His “day job:” exporting mustard products to his distributors and customers overseas. Favorite baseball team: the St Louis Cardinals. Football: San Francisco 49ers. Hobbies: Reading and writing. Fun activities: playing cards.
When not (1) hawking mustard or (2) reading & writing, TR’s favorite activity is hanging out with his wife Glenva, his high school sweetheart.