Brian Edward Hicks is a 70-year-old retiree who has been a nonbeliever pretty much since his freshman year in college. He was president of his church league in high school, and thought of himself as a devout Christian until an encounter with representatives of the Campus Crusade for Christ as a freshman. Their "bizarre" responses to challenges presented by fellow students prompted him to question his Christian upbringing. He obtained an undergraduate degree in philosophy. After starting his college years in electrical engineering, he switched majors during his junior year. He retired after 34 years in the telecommunications industry, the last twenty of which were in executive management of sales, customer service, technical/engineering support, and general operations.