About Walking Away From Religion by Bradford Chase:
This is a verbal picture of a journey for one man from his roots in the Southern Baptist world of Christianity and never feeling comfortable to waking up after many years of personal struggle to the understanding of being a Spiritual Being, and no longer conformed to the dogma that organized religion promotes. It offers a candid look at the importance of an open mind and taking personal responsibility for who we are. It provides emotional advice anyone can use to improve who they are. It does not disparage anyone or any religion, instead, it helps bring clarity to why we each believe what we do. It encourages the reader to come to their own conclusions in a clear and positive manner.
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Bradford Chase is a writer and owner of a digital marketing business. His background is very diverse, and that likely played a part in a life long searching for meaning to the spiritual side of life.
Growing up in Southern California, he started working when he was in the sixth grade on a newspaper route, back when those who delivered the paper did so on a bike with a bag. His parents taught him early the importance of a strong work ethic, how to deal with money, and the need for self-responsibility and self-reliance. This foundation set the stage for a life of learning.
In the third grade, his family started attending a local Southern Baptist Church, and the teaching of the church followed him through many years of his life. He found himself entrenched in the rhetoric and under the moral spotlight that directed his train of thought, his fears, and his grasp of reality for almost 40 years. His background is eclectic, to say the least. Not only did he spend many years questioning why he believed what he did, he sought desperately to find his place of purpose in this world, looking for peace and comfort in a variety of career fields, excelling in each that he entered.
After graduating from a southern university with a dual degree in physical science and biology, he initially wanted to pursue a career in medicine, but was discouraged by a well-meaning career adviser. After earning his degrees, his career path was full of twists and turns as he tried to figure out what life was all about. His initial job was as a laboratory technician, helping a PhD with early monoclonal antibody research that lead to many of the treatments for HIV and cancer today. From there, he jumped to the airlines and flew as a flight attendant for a few years and enjoyed the chance to travel. When that got old, he worked nights, running programs on an early main-frame computer system and compiling data for programmers. He worked part time at a local airport in exchange for flying lessons and earned his Private Pilots License from the FAA, considering a career in aviation. Moving on from there, he drove down to Texas and managed a restaurant and bar for several years before joining the U.S. Air Force as an officer, getting trained as a navigator, and then an Electronic Warfare Officer. He flew a few thousand hours in the RC-135, including a year of combat time during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, earning a Combat Air Medal for some of the achievements during that world event. But that experience left him some scars that did not heal easily.
The next major event in his life came in the early 1990s, when his youngest son was diagnosed with a late stage cancer. This painful event helped with a decision to leave flying with Air Force and return to his original plan, working in a medical career, and went back to school, becoming certified as a nationally registered paramedic and working in Tucson Arizona as a paramedic and then Operations Manager for a large EMS company. Returning to school several years later to Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and graduating with honors from the Physician Assistant Program, then working for 18 years as Nationally Board Certified Physician Assistant in Internal Medicine and Cardiology practices.
He retired in 2015 to start his own company in a non-medical field and started writing more regularly.