Stephen Michael Leininger Biography
Stephen Michael Leininger has spent the majority of his adult life working in management positions within companies manufacturing and selling prescription medical devices. As vice-president of Sales and Marketing, he helped to build the sales of these medical devices to doctors practicing within various health care disciplines. Within a five-year period, that company's sales went from $75k per year to $1.5 million per year. This was accomplished despite a very small marketing budget. This company was the very first to design and go online with an automating CAD/CAM system. Prior to this accomplishment, the manufacturing process was very labor-intensive, involving over 65 steps. To complicate the process, every product made was custom. Every device was different from any other device that had been, or would ever be, made. Leininger helped in the design and programming of the expert system software that enabled the manufacture high-quality products; its therapeutic success led to massive sales growth.
About twenty-five years ago, Leininger found himself increasingly dissatisfied with the work he was doing, and disillusioned with the corporate life in general. As he describes it, he found that he was increasingly unhappy with the person who stared back at him in the mirror every morning. He didn't like how self-centered he had become. So he choose to undertake a drastic career change. He chose to leave the corporate entirely. To escape the world where success and power was the end all — be all. He relates how this Holy Spirit inspired change was a Godsend. His desire for a deeper relationship with God increasigly grew. He insists that STOSS would never have been written if he had not left his old occupation.
Leininger has spent approximately the last tweny-five years researching and studying the relationship between the Bible and science. Being a “big picture” person, he was driven to discover the big picture of God’s creation. How does science help us to understand both God and his creation — especially man. The two must be compatible. After all, God created that which scientists love to explore. Albert Einstein wrote, “Science without religion is lame, and religion without science is blind.” [Albert Einstein. BrainyQuote.com, Xplore Inc, 2017. https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/a/alberteins161289.html, accessed May 20, 2017]. I would modify Einstein’s expression somewhat. I would say: adherents of Scientism willfully ignorant and disdainful of Scripture are doomed to fall far short of the whole truth of creation, especially of man in the image and likeness of God.
During his extensive research, Leininger found that each new discovery contributed to the big picture that was forming in his mind. At one point he received a flash of insight that changed the entire focus of the book he was writing. So profound was this discovery, he relates how, when struck by that intellectual lightning bolt, he let out an audible groan. He instantly realized that salt/dust is the answer; understanding its meaning unlocks the door to many mysteries hidden in Scripture (he now has listed at least thiry-four mysteries of cutting-edge biologically-related science). Suddenly, the big picture had just become much clearer. At the time, he didn't even fully comprehend how dramatically “salt/dust” would change the direction his research and prayers were leading him. He describes how a fire was ignited in his heart. Slowly but surely, pieces of the puzzle began to fall into place. As the puzzle became nearer and nearer to completion, an overwhelming sense of awe toward the Power and Goodness of God enveloped him.
As he began to see the beauty, intricacy, and wisdom of God’s creation and His plans for those He loves infinitely. He realized that the Bible is like an ocean; one can stand on the shore looking out and see what seems to be a limitless expanse of water. But we are only seeing its surface. What we are not seeing, however, is the great depths that exist beneath the surface. The words of Scripture are not two-dimensional; they are, in a sense, three-dimensional, containing great depths of Truth for us to explore.
The result of all this is a two-volume set of The Science & Theology of Salt in Scripture. At STOSS Books, it is our hope that you, too, will discover the great depths of knowledge that can be gained by reading his book. Leininger is a duly instituted acolyte of the Catholic Church. He spends much of his time traveling around the country.