INTERVIEW WITH DR. MONICA LARSON (Part 1)
Updated: Dec 19, 2022
Dr. Monica Larson: I just wanted to ask you a few questions about your upbringing. Did you attend church or was church later on in your life?
Warrior Richardson: Church was 24/7 all my life as a child. My father was a pastor. My grandpa was a pastor. My uncle was a pastor and my brother became a pastor. We were in church almost seven days a week.
Dr. Monica Larson: Wow. So you came from a family of pastors and with you being in the church 24/7 did you embrace it as a child or did it seem more like a chore? How did it feel when you were a child.
Warrior Richardson: I hated it with a passion. I didn't like it at all.
Dr. Monica Larson: Well, at least you're being honest. I appreciate your honesty. At what point did it change. Did it change in your adult life or did it change as a teen.
Warrior Richardson: It changed when I was 33. I hated it for 33 years.
Dr. Monica Larson: And what part of it did you hate? What was it about church life that just was really egregious to you?
Warrior Richardson: Well, it was pretty anti-intellectual. You weren't supposed to ask questions. You were just supposed to say, "Yes, I agree, and I believe;" and I was always asking questions. And the older I got the more I studied it; but I studied it for the purpose of disproving it because I was angry and they still wouldn't answer my questions. You were just supposed to believe. It was pretty anti-intellectual. I wouldn't say these were bad people. It's just that they were simple people and they didn't ask questions; they just said they accept it. I believe they were genuinely born again. Some weren't; but I think there's a good number who were; but I had questions and got no answer and I was a kid and so it angered me as a kid and even as an adult. As an adult I simply rejected it and walked away from it until I was 33.
Dr. Monica Larson: So you were met with resistance or just this is the way it is and accept it.
Warrior Richardson: Well, because I was told not to do this, but I must do this but never told why; so I was like "OK you need to explain why" and then I actually studied the Bible better than most of them did; so I would deliberately trip them up in the scriptures. So, yeah, I was pretty angry about the whole thing. I resented it a great deal.
Dr. Monica Larson: So, during that time period, prior to age 33 did you move, relocate, were
you working? What type of work were you doing before the age of 33?--and we'll get to that? So what happened during that transition period?
Warrior Richardson: I graduated from high school in 1976 and went to college. I graduated in Omaha, Nebraska and got accepted in the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York; and when I got accepted I noticed that the majority of the students were atheists and I said, "Wow! My kind of place;" so I got excited about going there. So, I met plenty of atheistic people. I got lots of atheist friends and I terrorized the Christians and tripped them up in the scriptures and, you know, it's pretty sadistic and everything; then I transferred from there, went to Howard University and graduated from there and became an economist, then came back home to Omaha NE; and that's when I was born again in 1991.
To be continued...
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