My name is Kenji Kuramitsu. I’m interested in questions of Bible, theology, race, social work, sex, gender, and postcolonialism.
Check out my new website for more about me.
Here’s some background on this blog:
I started blogging on this site while in college, and with a very specific purpose as a leader in a conservative evangelical Christian fellowship. I was pretty convinced that I had a good grasp on the nature of the universe. I was totally immersed in that culture, and equally convinced I had all the right answers.
But things changed after I began to realize I had been very wrong on several issues, issues beyond questioning for many of my friends. Because of the reaction I received after publicly questioning LGBTQ animus in particular, I lost many of my close networks, had to leave my ministry, and subsequently began to question every aspect of my faith.
As the flames of doubt and loss and abandonment began to consume the idolatrous, mammoth edifice of religious certitude I had constructed around myself, I became flooded with a great sense of loss. But after the fire settled and the walls of my carefully-constructed worldview sank into ashes, I saw that something hopeful remained. Nothing that was false could have survived these flames.
And so I cannot regret what has happened to me. And that, more than anything else, is why I have found peace in God. I joined the Episcopal Church in the summer of 2014, and have been at home in this faith tradition ever since. I am grateful for my miles-deep evangelical and Roman Catholic roots, which continue to inform every aspect of my faith.
The name of my blog I got from seeing the video of The Killers in concert. I like the imagery of being “a real rattlesnake,” and reclaiming that label from some of the poison associated with it.
I’m not sure what the role of this blog will be going forward. In many ways it serves as a relic, marking signposts on the journey I have been on these past two years. Even during the missteps, it has always felt epic, and that hasn’t receded even as a lot of other things have.