Grant West was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where he attended the Affton School District, graduating with distinction in 1966. He continued his education at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, graduating in 1971, majoring in Geoscience.
Raised in a devoutly Christian environment, an early awareness and calling presented itself. Having a sound grasp of the Gospel, factioned Christianity and the many conflicting dogmas presented serious problems. Hypocrisy, interdenominational cut-throat rivalry, Bible-based hate, and Biblical inerrancy were personally troublesome. How could Christians preach the same Gospel of love and hate each other? Church was rife with chronic discord, pettiness, church politics, favoritism, hypocrisy, bigotry, and homophobia.
Along came HIV/AIDS and the allegations from nearly all clergy that this was God’s vengeance upon the sinful and wicked, specifically the GLBT community. Religious controversy raged in most denominations. Questioning women and gays barred from the clergy, radical homophobia in church, same-sex marriage, and numerous dogmas, he was asked to step down from major responsibilities in his church after 32 years.
A lifetime of experiences, coupled with the real world of the HIV/AIDS tragedy led to the conception of AD 2040 and lecturing on religious-right fundamentalism. The first edition was published in February, 2008, under the title of A.D. 2040: Through a Dark Glass Clearly, long before our national economic disasters began. Both books have hoped to create an awareness of the pernicious religious-right denominations, homophobia, bigotry, and hypocrisy, lest the scenario presented in AD 2040 come true.