Tim Carson is a pastor and writer who lives in Columbia, Missouri. He is the author of five books and many journal articles. His passion is the relationship between ancient traditions and relevant faith.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I guess you'd say I had a pretty ordinary childhood, whatever ordinary means. I had a stable two-parent family and I was the oldest of two brothers. What might have been a factor in my love affair with story and writing was the influence of my father who was an amateur dramatist and writer of funny poetry. I combined those elements, the sense of story and interest in writing as I went along. My mother was the deeper one, the more spiritual one, and in her I discovered the deep well of spirit that has been a part of me ever since. As I think about it the fact that my father's business constantly moved him and our family around the country contributed to my sense of being lots of places in a changing world. That later showed up in my hunger for new experiences, places and people, and on the spiritual plane always a longing for more - a constant theme in my writing and certainly a part of this book, The Square Root of God.
When did you first start writing?
I hate to say it but as a younger person I was almost anti-literary. I'm not quite sure why that is except that my parents didn't really read, I mean other than the paper or a magazine. It wasn't really until college and my exposure to a liberal arts education that I was exposed to the classics, and then I was hooked. What I experienced was a correlation between the world of reading and the world of writing. And it really flourished later when my vocation called upon me to be a word factory. I did it reasonably well and from that began to write not only in my role as a pastor but as a spiritual writer with an audience beyond.
This playful exploration of the shared mystery of mathematics and spirituality ushers the reader into a whole new understanding of God and the universe. For the practitioner of faith it provides new and relevant ways to speak of God. For the seeker or skeptic it provides bridges between ancient wisdom and contemporary views of the universe