“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” ~ Romans 1:18-20
By the grace of God, I am a Christian dedicated to living my life for Jesus Christ. I have a B.A. in Government from Regent University. My interests also extend into Christian theology, apologetics, philosophy, history, Austrian economics, public choice theory, monetary policy, and ethics. I also write articles on various subjects from time to time for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. One of the most important things I believe I can do is study the links between God’s mercy, Christ’s atonement, my faith, the Holy Spirit’s sanctification, and living life in a world that rejects God. How shall we then live as Francis Schaeffer once asked? This blog will provide an outlet for my musings on these matters.
I am also a 5-point Calvinist based on purely Scriptural grounds. While I believe that wisdom may not be gathered unless it somehow traces back to the mind of God, I recognize that God has granted certain men the ability to articulate his truths…even some men who are not themselves Christians. With Scripture as my authority, I enjoy contemplating the thoughts of these great historical minds. Some of my favorite scholars, thinkers, and philosophers are St. Paul, St. Augustine, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Spurgeon, Dr. Greg Bahnsen, Francis Schaeffer, John Piper, Paul Washer, Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, Leonard Read, Frederic Bastiat, John Locke (politically), James Madison, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Frederick Douglass.
Some of the Scripture passages which guide my intellectual pursuits are Proverbs 2:1-5; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5; 1 Peter 3:15, and the passage from Romans cited at the beginning of this page.
In addition to my non-exhaustive list of intellectual heroes above, I have a certain distaste for other thinkers such as John Maynard Keynes, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, and Friedrich Nietzsche. However, few things annoy me more than the praise and adoration which Alyssa Rosenbaum (more famously known as Ayn Rand) receives as a thinker and philosopher. While the men listed previously were most definitely in error, at least they tried to be academic about it.
In contrast, Ms. Rosenbaum wrote novels such as Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead which all said the same thing through interchangeable, one-dimensional, Nietzschean “supermen.” Her books were strewn with pseudo-philosophy, sexual promiscuity, mind-numbing logical fallacies, overbearing hubris, and a fundamentally anti-Christian belief system. She was not an intellectual, she was a fiction writer. As such, I am worried about the rising popularity of Ms. Rosenbaum, particularly among promising Christian youth and I hope to highlight some of her errors in this blog from time to time. That said, I readily admit that if Ms. Rosenbaum read this, she would probably utter lots of expletives, pronounce my hideous existence as a vile stain on reality, and conclude with a string of accusations, decrying me as anti-life, anti-mind, anti-reason, anti-existence, and pro-death.
To this accusation, I simply shrug. And then I write.
“At this day, however, the earth sustains on her bosom many monster minds—minds which are not afraid to employ the seed of Deity deposited in human nature as a means of suppressing the name of God. Can any thing be more detestable than this madness in man, who, finding God a hundred times both in his body and his soul, makes his excellence in this respect a pretext for denying that there is a God?” – John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, 1.5.4