About This Website:
I will rarely comment on current events here. Instead, this site was originally intended to focus mainly on secularism as a cultural condition, rather than as an ideology; it will also pay some attention to the way that secularism foregrounds questions about meaning and value (when it strays from this purpose directly, I hope it can provide context for related matters at least indirectly). Since I am in the West, specifically an American, this means treating the dual heritage of the Enlightenment and of Christendom, but not myopically or sectarianly. This is not an apologetics website, as I am not interested in selling you anything, dear reader, only clarifying the contours of the historical space we all share. It is to that shared space that I turn my attention. In order to treat secularization, however, one must fittingly approach the significance and scope of de-Christianization, and before one does that, one must first look at the processes of Christianization.
I’ll be posting several papers, some much shorter topical pieces, and summaries of essays & book chapters. Poems have already appeared (though I’m an awful poet — the only two poems I’ve written that might meet the threshold of passable are here and here). On occasion, I may post parallel translations of sections of older texts.
My plan is to post on topics ranging from spiritual practice and poetry to the character and history of secularism — which, as mentioned above, is a backdrop that we all share and make our decisions within (rather than a perspective or set of convictions that one can opt out from).
My family’s coat of arms is of a red rampant lion with a gold collar on a silver shield, together with the words PRO DEO ET PRO PATRIA; eventually a crest was added of a pelican feeding her three young with drops of her own blood, and added were the words, I DIE FOR THOSE I LOVE.
I can’t die for you, reader, but I’ll do what I can to leave some bits of food for you.