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    John Harkey Gibbs


    John serves on TCP's Board of Directors, as Chair of the Communications Committee, and as a member of the Screening Committee.

    Early in the summer of 1982 prior to my beginning seminary in the fall, I was appointed as a licensed local pastor to a part time pastorate in a small town congregation.  My first year of seminary completely stripped away my naïve faith and provided nothing to take its place except skepticism and doubt.  I didn’t become an atheist at that point, but I did reject much of Christianity.  I came to believe that the divine incarnation and resurrection of Jesus were crass fabrications.  I could no longer fool myself into believing in anything supernatural.  While cognitive dissonance prevented me from pushing the envelope too far and fully working out in detail what I did and did not believe, whatever was left of my belief in God was pretty far away from a traditional position.  I gravitated toward Joseph Campbell’s writings on myth and a sort of a Jungian, metaphorical understanding of God.