I’m something of a philosopher and theologian – my general areas of interest in philosophy are ethics, logic, language and epistemology – with interests in philosophy and history of science as well. Wittgenstein I find fascinating. I enjoy reading any and all science – from the presocratics to Aristotle to the medievals to the moderns to contemporary physics, biology, cosmology, quantum mechanics and anything else having to do with science. Some of my favourite authors in the science world include the early quantum mechanics (Schrodinger, Einstein, Bohr, etc), Timothy Ferris, Stephen Hawkng, Stanley Jaki, Newton, Galileo, Kepler, Brahe, Leibniz, Planck, and many, many more – I try and read as many scientific authors as I can. Theologically, my interests are pretty broad – from ancient Hebrew thought to early Christian to the medieval Scholastics to the Reformation to the present. I like Barth, Wright, Lewis, the Early Church Fathers, Calvin, Bloesch, Torrance, Luther, Anselm, Aquinas, Wolterstorff, Pascal , Bonhoeffer, Augustine, Heschel, Wesley, Jewish Theology, Eastern Orthodox theology – if it’s theological, chances are I like it. I have a good handle on the doctrine of justification – I suppose I’d have to say that’s my strong point.
Theology proper begins in worship, however. One must worship God before one can know Him – this is an underlying presupposition I hold. I will generally refrain from abstract discoursing about God in a philosophical sense – though it’s been known to happen, for better or for worse. I don’t consider God an object to be proved though good arguments can point one to God. The difference between the god of the philosophers and the God of Israel is a simple one: the god of philosophy is that which is – the God of Israel is He Who Is.
I also like history – I generally know the history of whatever I’m talking about. I think that’s important.
St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor of the Roman Catholic Church and one of the most brilliant thinkers who has ever lived, writer of the one of the greatest pieces of intellectual literature in history, the Summa Theologica, declared that all his writings were straw after being given a vision of the glory of God. I can only echo his sentiment – my hope, however, is that my few pieces of straw help someone somewhere see something of the God I have come to know and love.
And that’s all, folks.