9 Takeaways from the Pilgrim’s Progress

John Bunyan’s classic work The Pilgrim’s Progress is often considered the one of the first true novels, second in chronology to Cervantes’ Don Quixote. Bunyan’s most popular work allegorically tells the tales of Christian and Christiana (understood to be all Christians in a sense) and their journeys to heaven, called the Celestial City. Though somewhat tediousContinue reading “9 Takeaways from the Pilgrim’s Progress”

The Rajneeshee Epitomized the Need for Real Spirituality

Curious. Stunned. Shocked. Saddened. Pity. Those are the things I felt as I watched Wild Wild Country, Netflix’s award-winning documentary on a controversial Indian guru, his close secretary, and followers of the Rajneesh movement in the 1970s and 1980s. Here was a group of people so in need of a God, that they duped themselvesContinue reading “The Rajneeshee Epitomized the Need for Real Spirituality”

What is ThinkingWest?

This is the first post on my new blog called ThinkingWest. I’m Christian Bottenfield, an American Catholic dad to two kids, husband, soon-to-be doctor of engineering, and hobbyist to many a thing – including this blog. ThinkingWest is my outlet for thought on a range of topics that actively run through my mind, while readingContinue reading “What is ThinkingWest?”