Have you ever read Alan Culpepper's insightful account of the life of his father, Hugo Culpepper? It is the subject of the book, Eternity as Sunrise (Mercer University Press, 2002). When, some months ago, I finished reading the book, many thoughts ran through my mind. None was more powerful than the thought triggered by the episodes that elucidate the influence of experience on a person's values and attitudes. Hugo Culpepper actually started training for service in the US military. After spending five months at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, he tendered h