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Daniel D. Moore, self-styled as a Recovering Secular Humanist, joined the body of Christ on May 11, 2005 at the end of his 20 year career in the legal support and paralegal fields, including 8 years as a private detective. He most recently was employed as a Local Census Office Recruiting Manager and by the Boy Scouts of America in Southwest Michigan. With significant coursework in History and Anthropology at Western Michigan University, he finished a degree completion program through Baptist University of America and received a Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies. Having been commissioned as a Centurion by the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Daniel has returned to the campus of WMU, this time as the Ratio Christi Chapter Director. Building on his Scouting and Church ministries to young people, he is blessed to teach students the truth of the Christian Worldview and importance of Apologetics. He and his wife of more than 25 years have one son (with whom he is well pleased) who attends a local public High School and a regional advanced math/science academic program. When not studying the scriptures or worldview/apologetic issues, Daniel enjoys studying American History and World War 2, plus a growing interest in the history of the Christian Church.
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All of my adult life, I lived out the worldview of a secular humanist. However, on May 11, 2005 at about 4:00 in the afternoon, God dramatically pressed down on my conscience, opened my eyes to my own personal sins, drove me to my knees, and extended his saving grace; by my acceptance of His truth, and repentance of my wretched ways, I was born again and became a follower of Jesus.
On that glorious day, I was 43 years old; in all those years, I can only specifically remember being drawn into a discussion of faith with not more than a half dozen people; even at that, I can only remember specific discussions about Christ with two of them. Now I ache for all the secular humanists who are presently being deceived by the enemy.
My mom and dad were married in June of 1961 in a Lutheran church in Marshall, MI and I was born the following February. My dad was 28 at the time and mom was 19. However, dad was raised in the Catholic tradition while mom was confirmed as a Lutheran. If you are familiar with the denominationalism at the time, you won’t have difficulty understanding that when I was growing up, my family lived mostly as an un-churched family. In fact, my childhood was spent in a decidedly secular home with liberal values. My father was active in the union and supported its political ambitions while my mother worked for liberal lawyers and feminists in Ann Arbor. My mother did insist that I (and later my brother) attend Sunday School until we were about 7 or 8 at her Lutheran church. My father, who did not regularly attend church, allowed my brother and I to resist this instruction, and my mother ceased attending church shortly thereafter.
Sometime between age 10 and 13, my father wanted me exposed to his religion and I recall my best friend inviting me to some kind of youth event at the local Catholic Church one summer. This event profoundly impacted my worldview when one of the ministers informed me that, according to their doctrine, I was an illegitimate because my parents were not married in a Catholic church and thus, not married in God’s eyes. This made me extremely angry, and I vehemently rejected the concept of ‘organized religion’ from that day. During the remainder of my youth, my only exposure to the gospel was through bulletin boards in the local Presbyterian Church basement where I attended Boy Scout meetings. I am convinced that God used my Scouting experiences to keep my heart soft despite my efforts to harden it against Him by calling myself an atheist and, later, agnostic at best.
As I entered my adult life, I grew into a staunch liberal secular humanist that was usually scornful of Christians. In the interest of time, I will not elaborate on a number of my experiences as a young adult. I will only say that when I served in the Navy, no one told me about Christ. When I met my wife and followed the path that led to our marriage in a Christian Church, no one told me about Christ. As I worked in a number of jobs which included photographer, retail manager, car salesman, and legal secretary, no one told me about Christ. And when Laura and I moved from the liberal Ann Arbor area to Dutch Reformed influenced Kalamazoo, I experienced a little bit of culture shock because no one told me about Christ.
One series of experiences in my life led to a dramatic change in my secular viewpoint, another event changed my spiritual perspective. Upon purchasing my first home, I began to discover how wrong my liberal ideology was when I observed how abused our citizens are by political elites (including those such as my father); my spiritual perspective took a dramatic and unexpected turn upon the birth of my son, Brett.
Once I began to educate myself on our rights and responsibilities as citizens from the perspective of a property owner and tax payer, I began a transformation to a conservative viewpoint. I did not buy into the moral arguments of the so called religious right, but I did begin paying closer attention to conservative commentators. Not being one to go to church on Sundays, I developed a habit of watching all the Sunday morning talk shows religiously. It didn’t take long for me to learn about Rush Limbaugh, and soon thereafter I became a fan and adopted much of his philosophy. In a sense which I would have denied at the time, my “church” was in front of the TV talk shows listening to Washington DC commentators, and Rush Limbaugh was my “Pastor.”
As I began to grow in my career in the legal support field and achieve success to the point of receiving a Private Detective license (especially without a college degree), I attributed these gains to myself as the result of my own hard work and applying the lessons learned through my new philosophies. My beliefs about God became “open minded.” That is to say, I didn’t believe in a God that created everything; evolution was fact; spirituality did not belong in the public square; and Christians should mind their own business. On the one or two times I may have been witnessed to, however, I would politely rebuke Christians for being weak and close minded, but each time would arrogantly and self-righteously ask that “just in case you are right and I’m not, pray for me.”
After Brett was born, one of my desires was for him to have a solid moral foundation on which to build a (self?) righteous life. When he turned two years old in 2001, I supposed there were worse things he could become than a Christian; so my wife and I placed him in a preschool located in the basement of a Baptist church in Kalamazoo. Brett attended the preschool until he began kindergarten in September 2004, and the Director often witnessed to me in conversation and deed. She and her husband may be credited by their faithful, patient witness for my eventual acceptance of Christ as my Savior. We developed a relationship that was friendly and we stayed in contact with them even after my son’s attendance at the preschool. In the meantime, I was working for a lawyer having received a Private Detective license and was appointed as a contract Court Officer. Eventually, I started my own business and my employer became my client.
Just before Brett was to enter Kindergarten, Laura and I began construction on our dream house near Fulton, MI and received a $240,000 construction loan that allowed for us to do much of the work ourselves. We planned building up some sweat equity so that when we finished, our new home should be worth upwards of $300,000. This was a source of great pride; my career and business, plus the wages received by my wife in her employment were providing a good income stream. I’m sure Mr. and Mrs. Johnston often saw this endeavor as my ‘Castle in the Sand,’ because when Brett began kindergarten, God’s storm clouds began to gather.
- Biola University, Certificate In Christian Apologetics 2016
- Baptist University of America, Bachelor’s of Biblical Studies (Magna Cum Laude) 2011
- Colson Center for Christian Worldview, commissioned Centurion/Colson Fellow 2011
- Prior coursework in history, anthropology, general studies and photography at Western Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College
- Inducted into Phi Alpha Theta (History Honors Fraternity) at Western Michigan University 1986