Blogger Autobio: Jonathan Pichot

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I was born in the United States, into an Adventist family that had recently immigrated to America from France. I grew up in the small town of Berrien Springs, Michigan, and finished high school having attended no more than two schools (Village SDA, Andrews Academy). Living in such a particular town, I had no separate introduction to Adventism; it was fact of life. The peculiarity of my community was that you could spend a week never speaking to a non-Adventist, and you weren't even trying. My childhood was innocent and without catastrophe, but living among such a concentration of Adventists I subconsciously developed several common Adventist prejudices of the "outside world" that I'm still trying to purge myself of.

At 16 I was introduced to thoughtful Christianity by CS Lewis, who showed me that a thinking Christian was not an oxymoron, and encouraged some of my more subversive ideas. At least subversive to a fundamentalist Adventist. I do consider myself a Christian and an Adventist and I deeply care for the church, though I do sometimes feel limited by it. But I am not a theologian, and don't plan on becoming one, so minute questions of doctrine don't much bother me. What I do search for, in the church and in myself, is justice, love, and grace manifested.

My French ancestry is very much a part of my identity. I consider myself both French and American, and often find it difficult to reconcile the differences between the two. Currently, I'm living in Montpellier, France, studying the finer details of the language for a semester, afterwards I will return to Pacific Union College as a Sophomore and continue my studies in History and French.

John Stuart Mill is perhaps the most eloquent spokesman of my current political thought, though I still wander between classical liberalism and democratic socialism. Some of my particular interests are the philosophy and practice of education, emerging web technologies, and serious journalism.

I became involved with the Adventist blogosphere less than a year ago. In many ways, this online community has reinvigorated my interest in the Adventist church. It was comforting to find others who asked the same questions and were searching for an open and more vulnerable discussion of religion. I've already been blessed by this community, and I hope now to help give back what I can.

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