Steve Jobs Quit His Lutheran Church at 13. Beat Me by a Year.

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My parents made me wait until I was confirmed. (Though we confirmed late, and that was because kids stopped going to church…after they were confirmed. Of course, some of us came back.)

Seems that Jobs, too, was confirmed at a Trinity Lutheran Church, though one on the Left Coast.

From the upcoming Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, former CEO of CNN and managing editor of Time magazine:

The book also details how Steve Jobs was often bullied in school and stopped going to church at the age of 13.

Isaacson says that Jobs used to think there was a 50-50 chance God existed. His cancer diagnosis made the Buddhist think more about the possibility.

Fifty-fifty isn’t so bad. Better odds than Obama’s taking Jobs’s advice:

“You’re headed for a one-term presidency,” he told Obama at the start of their meeting, insisting that the administration needed to be more business-friendly. As an example, Jobs described the ease with which companies can build factories in China compared to the United States, where “regulations and unnecessary costs” make it difficult for them.

Jobs also criticized America’s education system, saying it was “crippled by union work rules,” noted Isaacson. “Until the teachers’ unions were broken, there was almost no hope for education reform.” Jobs proposed allowing principals to hire and fire teachers based on merit, that schools stay open until 6 p.m. and that they be open 11 months a year.

Bill Gates will give away iPads as Christmas gifts before we see the administration take a lead on such initiatives.

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