Friday, April 29, 2005

Introduction To Dyspraxic Fundamentalist

Hello internet reading type chaps and chapesses.
I am Dyspraxic Fundamentalist. I live in Worcester in England and am 24. I am currently carrying out research for a doctorate in Theology.
Why my choice of name? Well I suppose the most important feature of myself is my beliefs. I am an Evangelical Christian. I prefer to use the word fundamentalist to describe myself as a lot of people who call themselves Evangelicals are not really Evangelical at all or have seriously compromised the true Evangelical Christian faith, for instance Steve Chalke on the atonement (I had always suspected Chalke of being well dodgy) or N.T. Wright on Justification (well what do you expect in the Church Of England). Evangelicalism has become just a little to broad these days.

When I call myself a Fundamentalist you know very well what to expect. I believe in a six-day creation, I am Pre-Millennial (post-tribulational, mind you), and I believe Roman Catholicism is a pagan religion (yes, I have read Alexander Hislop's 'Two Babylons' more than once). I also believe that God's Word is 100 % preserved in the King James Bible (yes, I have read Gail Riplinger's 'New Age Bible Versions' more than once). However, unlike most people who call themselves Fundamentalists, I believe in the necessity of Baptism in the Holy Spirit after conversion and that the charismatic gifts are available today. I currently attend an Evangelical Church that is part of the Federation Of Independent Evangelical Churches. You could probably describe it as 'Compromising Reformed Baptist' (generally Reformed in doctrine and very conservative, but using the NIV and modern choruses).

What is a dyspraxic and why have I named myself after this? I suffer from dyspraxia which is a disability that affects one's co-ordination of mind and body. At one time it was known as 'clumsy child syndrome. It usually makes one very clumsy, slow-thinking and prevents one following complex instructions. Very fortunately, I have it only mildly. However, it has affected my whole life. At school I was terrible at sports. It made mathematics quite a difficult subject. My handwriting is quite appalling, so my schoolwork was always messy. Learning to drive was a nightmare; I had one instructor give up on me and it took me six tests to pass. Still, thanks to God's grace I got there in the end- I really praise the Lord for that. Dyspraxia has also given me some difficulties in the workplace too. However, educationally I have been successful. I have a degree, a post-graduate law diploma and I am working on my PhD.

Hence, my dyspraxia, while only a mild disability is central to my identity as a person. It has certainly affected me socially. I find it very difficult to understand other people and follow conversations. I am therefore quite an introverted person.

If there are any dyspraxics reading this blog, please get in touch. It can be a lonely and humiliating condition. I would love to chat to anybody suffering from dyspraxia.