My name is Stephen Parker, and I live near Raleigh,  NC.  For 30 years I drove an ’18-wheeler’ around the USA (well, 48 of the 50 states), but a few months ago I was medically disqualified due to a condition in my legs and feet called neuropathy – so now I sit at home all day reading and watching TV. I definitely have plenty of time to think about what I want to say on this blog.

My interests, other than driving, have almost always centered around theology, religion, and spirituality/mysticism. I started out as a fundamentalist Christian, but have come a long way from that by now. I currently call myself a Deist with a strong bent toward mysticism. My political stance is very libertarian, which places me as a conservative economically, but liberal on many other issues.

I’m married, with two adult sons – one of whom is married and due to have his first child in a few months. I’ll be getting my ‘ask me about my grandchild’ bumper sticker soon, I imagine!


On Sunday, 4-11-2010, my son and daughter-in-law presented my wife and me with our first grandson: Levi David Parker. Naturally we’re pleased as punch, and looking forward to taking every possible opportunity to spoil him!

On political issues, I don’t believe I can any longer correctly call myself ‘libertarian’. Since I have recognized the validity of human caused global warming, and have accepted that the government can legitimately have a major role in social issues such as ‘health care’, I probably am more properly a ‘Democrat’ (whether ‘liberal’, ‘moderate’, or ‘conservative’ I’m not entirely sure yet. Perhaps a “Jeffersonian Democrat”?) I hope that change doesn’t offend too many people.

Update – Feb.12, 2012

I guess that, in order to avoid confusion, I need to add a new update. A commenter on the Loonwatch blog sought to “expose” me as a Deist trying to deceive people into thinking I am Muslim, linking to this “About” page of my blog for ‘proof’ – even though this “About” page was originally written almost 2 1/2 years ago before I had even started examining Islam and the Qur’an.

So, to clear things up a bit, I no longer call myself a ‘Deist’, though I am still very ‘mystical’. I consider myself currently to be (small ‘m’) muslim “in spirit”, but not (capital ‘M’) Muslim. I believe in One God, and that Muhammad (peace be with him and his family) is one of His messengers. I believe in the Qur’an as God’s message to mankind. Nevertheless I am not officially affiliated with any branch of the Muslim religion, and I do not attend Mosque services, or perform ritual prayers. I have not yet taken part in any fast, and it is not likely that I will ever do hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca.

My (small ‘m’) muslim status does not prevent me from also considering myself christian/buddhist/jewish/hindu etc. In other words, I’m “confused” 😀

Update: On Monday, August 20, 2012, my younger son and his wife presented my wife and me with our second grandchild (their second child). Olivia Marie Parker was born weighing 7 pounds and 8 ounces, and in excellent health. So now my younger son and his wife have both a son and a daughter. Another wonder of the Infinite One.

Update: On Friday April 3, 2015, my grandson and granddaughter welcomed a sister – Charlotte. My wife and I are quite pleased to have our third grandchild (second granddaughter).

Update: On Saturday, March 4, 2017 my older son married his female “friend” of 17 years. As certain fundamentalist Christians would say, we figured he was a confirmed member of the “bachelor ’til rapture” club – but he dropped out. We welcome our new daughter-in-law into the family.

Update: On Friday March 30, 2018, our 4th grandchild was born – Ethan John Parker. His older brother Levi is happy  to finally have a brother after two sisters! 🙂 This was also a fine birthday present for me, as March 30 is also my birthday. In addition, my wife has twin sisters born on March 30; one of those twins has a son born on that day; and another sister has a daughter born on that day also. So between my wife and me, there are 6 birthdays on March 30 in our families.


  1. Hello, I admire the logic and research you provide in a non-judgemental manner. I’m wondering if you have perspective on the bible verses in John 9 which I can’t quite wrap my mind around. Does it imply that epilepsy (or other mental illness) is demonic possession? I am both a Christian and a parent to a child with severe mental illness so the topic is of great interest to me. My personal belief is that these are distinctly different things, but I would very much like to hear your thoughts on what the bible is saying here.

    • NRG — Thank you for your question. I can’t see anything in John 9 relating to demons – or to mental illness for that matter. The man in John 9 had a physical problem – blindness – and he was born with this problem.

      The disciples (as well as the Pharisaic opposition) operated on the assumption that all illness is the result of sin; so their question – since the man was born blind – was whose sin was responsible for the blindness. The question assumes the reality of reincarnation, as the disciples wanted to know if the blindness was a karmic consequence of the sins (in a previous lifetime) of the man himself.

      According to the story, Jesus did not deny the underlying presumption of reincarnation (thereby implicitly agreeing with it); but he did deny that sin (whether of the man himself or his parents) was the cause of this case of blindness. The very least that we can take away from this is that sin (and karma) is not always the cause of illness and infirmity, and that we should not automatically assume it is the cause of any particular infirmity.

      I don’t see demons anywhere in this passage, although there are certainly other New Testament passages that attribute physical and mental illnesses to their alleged influence. I also know of many Christians who are convinced that anything bad that happens is the fault of “the devil” (and “demons”). For them, whenever anything bad occurs the solution is to “rebuke the devil in the name of Jesus” (and they seem to believe that the louder one speaks the denunciation of “the devil”, the more effective it will be). I am emphatically not of that persuasion!

      In fact, I am not a Christian, and I reject the inspiration and authority of Bible. It doesn’t matter to me that the Bible at times attributes sickness to demonic influence; I simply don’t follow that line of thought. I do believe in reincarnation, and that karmic, psychological, and spiritual influences may affect our health; but how these non-physical influences have physical effects on us I am completely unable to explain. In other words, I strongly suspect that your child’s mental illness is the result of physical defects in the brain (though I have no medical training and couldn’t prove it); and while there may be karmic and soul influences that produced the physical defect, I don’t know how that works. Perhaps past life regression would provide some help (if you can afford it); but I don’t recommend you repudiate medical and psychological doctors and decide that “rebuking the devil in the name of Jesus” is the solution. 🙂

      • Thank you very much for setting aside time to reply. It was Luke chapter 9 but you answered my question despite my error! I have deduced you are not a Christian, but I still value your insight. I don’t look for information to validate my beliefs, since my beliefs are a set of experiences I hold within. I do look to information to broaden my understanding. You have been blessed with the gift of helping others with information. Thank you for sharing it!

  2. The saudi woman was recommended by your blog Loon Watch

    • Thanks for pointing our that Ilisha recommended AJ’s blog. Loon Watch is not my blog. Though I used to read it regularly and occasionally comment on it, I haven’t been reading it for some time now. However, I myself most certainly do recommend AJ’s blog,and read almost every new article she publishes. While I have occasional disagreements with her viewpoint – she has a much higher view of President Obama than I do, and her viewpoint on the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman incident is diametrically opposite from mine – for the most part I very much like what she has to say. This is especially true of her anti-Israel and “conspiracy theory” statements.

      Loon Watch for a while had my blog listed as a recommended site, but they eventually removed that recommendation when a few people (mostly Jewish Zionists, I gathered) objected to my anti-Zionism and 9/11 “conspiracy theory” views. Ilisha from Loon Watch may not herself agree with Aj’s and my viewpoints on these matters; but she is broadminded enough to believe that there is room for discussion rather than simply denouncing those who believe differently than she does.

      Thanks again for your comment. I’m sure AJ will be pleased to know that her blog has drawn the attention of Zionists who think that simply quoting her statements, and labeling them “insult or slander, defamation”, is sufficient to refute them.

  3. Good article. I’m experiencing a few of these issues
    as well..

  4. wa aleikum salam wa rahmatuAllahi wa baraktu. Come anytime to winnipeg for coffee and donut and good conversation.

  5. Well Stephen!Your in depth analysis on religion can definitely build bridges between the three abrahamic faiths.Amazing blog man..Congrats! on being a grand dad.

  6. You, my friend, are an awesome guy :] I’ll be subscribing to your blog. Keep on being open-minded. Congrats on being a grandpa (bit late, huh?).

    • Thanks for your comment. My family and those who know me personally might question that evaluation of being “an awesome guy”; but then I guess I can take comfort in the saying of Jesus – “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household” (Matt 13:57). 😆 Not that I’m making any claim to being a prophet though!

      Thanks for the congratulations on “grandpahood”, also. It’s not too late, because I’m still a grandpa. 😀 There just doesn’t seem to be anything more fascinating that watching that grandson playing, kicking his feet, and laughing!

  7. Hi Stephen,

    I’ve just discovered your Blog.

    In this age of endless streams of worthless soundbites feeding hysteria and misinformation, without any cerebral processing, you totally rock!

    Peace and Best Wishes,


    • Thank you for those kind words. I thought your name sounded a bit familiar, but then there are a lot of ‘familiar sounding’ names. Today I checked out your web page and discovered who you are. Wow! I’ve actually had an internationally renowned author 😯 reading my blog! I’ve read some of the reviews of your book, and have decided I’ll just have to fork out the money to buy a copy – it looks too interesting to pass up. It appears to be just the sort of thing needed to help overcome all of the influences attempting to demonize Muslims: a humorous look at your own life, which still manages to seriously challenge stereotypes. Yep, I’ll have to buy and read it. God’s peace and kindness to you, friend. 🙂

  8. Hey Mystic. I too drove an 18 wheeler. I went on SSD a couple of years ago for manic depression. I too am a Deist and you know me on Postive Deism as driver. My name is Bob Taylor. Pretty cool blog. I will return to this many times to go through everything. Regards, Bob

    • Thanks for the kind words. If we lived close enough, we could get together and swap ‘trucker’s lies”! SSD isn’t much, but we’re scraping by. I hope my comments today on the Positive Deism site, about Paul and Jesus, didn’t sound too caustic, as they weren’t intended that way.

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