My BTT Introduction

I’m going to be starting to write a biweekly column on anime and faith entitled “Newman’s Nook” over at Beneath the Tangles. Here’s a short excerpt from the first one which was published today.


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.


Head over to Beneath the Tangles to read the whole article to learn about my walk with Christ as well as my introduction to anime!

About the Author

Matthew Newman
Matthew Newman is a Christian environmental engineer (Professionally licensed in Maryland). He’s also a husband, beard aficionado, Dad of four beautiful children, blogger, and all around geeky guy from Baltimore County. When he’s not chasing his kids or working, he’s probably asleep.

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