Hello all. I’m new here. My name is Matthew Newman and as this is my first piece, I’m here to tell you a little about myself. First, let’s get in some details – I’m an environmental engineer who lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland. I’m 32 years old, a beard aficionado, married Dad of four wonderful children (ages 6, 4, and twin nearly 18 month old girls). I’m a more casual anime viewer as noted by my previous introduction point – I have 4 kids (see below)
As this is a site dedicated to discussion of where anime and Christian faith intersect, let me tell you a bit about my faith in Christ as well as my introduction into anime. We’ll begin with the more important, my Christian walk.
I’m currently a member of a tiny Southern Baptist church just outside of Baltimore, Maryland (Edgemere Baptist Church). I pray without ceasing, read the Bible daily, and I’m active in our tiny church currently teaching our youth Sunday School class. But, that was not always my story.
I was raised in a Christian household growing up in a lovely congregation of believers who preached a Gospel message, at least when I was little. As a kid, I had faith which appeared strong to those looking from the outside, but inside it was weak. Entering college at 18 made me realize my weakness and by the end of my freshman year, I openly questioned scripture including the divinity of Christ.