Tom Thurston grew up in a small town in east Tennessee and spent 15 years in a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church called the Christian Brothers. His degrees are in theology. He taught high school religion for six years in the Midwest, and then went to Manila, the Philippines, to teach theology at a university run by the Brothers there. He came to the Bay Area in 1982 to do doctoral studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, where he completed a Ph.D. and wrote his dissertation on Homosexuality and Roman Catholic Sexual Ethics. During this time he came out of the closet and left the Brothers. He remained an academic at heart. He saw how people who left the religion of their youth often put together a hodgepodge of incomplete ideas that ended up working no better for them than the religion they left behind. He thought he could make the whole process uncomplicated. To address this issue he wrote a book called "The Meaning of Life in Three Easy Steps." Currently he is looking for an agent for his book.
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