About

I probably wouldn’t meet the criteria for being a typical fundamentalist Christian for a few reasons:

  • I don’t interpret the Bible literally 100% of the time
  • I believe Evolution is a proven hypothesis
  • I am highly critical of the American church social stratification
  • I’ve extensively questioned my beliefs about God, identity, and social norms
  • I was neither raised in a baptist nor evangelical church

It’s just that the title is too catchy to miss out on. That said, here’s a brief bibliography:

I went to a Methodist church when I was young. However, during my college years, having no convictions about the truths of any one creed, I “experimented” with other churches, to which I finally have declared no formal denomination. Moreover, during that period I questioned my faith intensively, heavily debating atheists on the alt.atheism newsgroups and challenging me to sharpen my understanding of the philosophical concepts of epistemology and ontology, which both came after some research about theistic and atheistic scientific arguments.

During the period of transition after school towards full-time missionary work (which, incidentally, I am still in), I found myself clicking on a link in Craigslist that had two rather interesting words: “Peak Oil”.

Clicking on the ensuing results arose in me a great sense of looming despair and destruction. The world economy is addicted to oil… no scalable alternatives… energy requirements of humanity unsustainable… Were we really doomed as a civilization? Are we really that addicted to oil? Do much of the past and current headlines involving global tensions really have a rather simple, easy-to-define connection…?

As I read and thought about it more, the answers became clear: yes on all counts. Throwing climate change, population overshoot, our culture of hyperindividualism, consumerism, excess, and waste into this picture, for me, paints a very basic picture: we’re outgrowing the resources of and destroying our planet, making it uninhabitable for current and future generations. We’re living in a state of rapid moral and spiritual decrepitude, all the while thinking that, essentially, we’re going to live forever, growth is sustainable indefinitely, all we have to do is rely on human ingenuity to get us out of this one.

Well, dear reader, I have news for you: there will definitely be no such aversion, for the vast majority of us. Throughout the history of mankind, the world population has fluctuated between 100-200 million people due to famine, disease, and wars. Now we’re at 6 billion – creeping towards 7 – by the end of this decade. So you might get lucky, you might already be prepared, you might even think of starting to prepare, but the truth of the matter is a lot people are going to suffer, if they’re not suffering already. But the million dollar, life-and-death, good vs. evil question is, why care?

My answer is because there’s a human Truth (note the capital) behind it all – harmoniously explaining the why we do things, the who we’ve done it to, and why we’ll keep on doing it unless told by revelation not to. The lies of sustainable growth, quick fixes, and instant gratification need to go NOW if we are to get any closer to the true meaning of our existence.

With that, I’m going to open with a few thoughts about why I started this blog.

  • Jesus’s example of living has important positive ecological and social ramifications in a world of climate chaos and Peak Oil. I would go as far as to say all-important, but we’ll get into that later.
  • Climate Change/Chaos and Peak Energy will be the two greatest threats to modern civilization in the coming years. The world is already rapidly approaching endgame, which is already being played and can only result in catastrophe. Will you choose to react, or proact?
  • I get irritated when someone knocks Christian apocalypticism without substance or any reference to source material. In light of this, I look to stress as well as analyze the Apocalypse as it is discussed in mass media and elsewhere, evaluating theories of what some of the symbolism in Revelation, Daniel, and Ezekiel represent.
  • I hope to encourage others to apply their minds to the truth of humanity’s current situation, serving as a guide away from the “sheeple” mentality and towards realizing the truth of their own spiritual condition (“Christian” or non-Christian).

I have a lot to say about the spiritual state of the US, US Christianity, and their interrelatedness in the social and moral fabric of the world.

  • “Christianity” in the US today is mostly intolerable, hypocritical, and edging towards apostasy, in both doctrine and practice (if not already there). Meanwhile, the truth of Jesus (resurrection, forgiveness of sins, et. al) gets muddled and no one becomes convicted of sin, whereby it follows that society becomes even further morally and spiritually decrepit.
  • GW Bush has politicized religion. First of all, it’s constitutionally averse. If you’re even paying attention to some of what he’s been doing, it should be pretty clear that he’s at least a hypocritical Christian, and at most a conniving, demagogic, old-boy’s-club liar who uses God as his primary justification for committing crime and being above the law.
  • “Religious leaders” (pastors, preachers, bishops, etc.) in the US are mostly misleading, or minimally effective to their congregations (hence the sheeple mentality). This is due to what Paul would term as no words of prophesy, meaning challenges “cutting into” the hearts of people. Some have gone to the extent of being openly political. So, for example, instead of leadership by both example and word, you have a kind of reversion back to “interpretation” – where the manner of leadership is done primarily by mouth.
  • It would follow, naturally, that I have a strong disliking towards the current church structure. It desperately needs to be reorganized or even dismantled to return to its sustainable, grassroots origins, NOT its current multi-million-dollar-church-with-fifty-“full-time staff”-structure.
  • I am discouraged at the lack of intellectual discourse in the church. Referring back to my fourth point, I believe it is partially due to church organization and the “sheeple” mentality of “being ministered to” (which is reactive) vs. being a proactive agent of change. Furthermore, I would argue that the root of this proaction is the Holy Spirit.

Finally, please take note that I am open to changing my position based on better empirical, parallel, or overall argument. My intention isn’t to engage in polemics, but to further our understanding of the truth of our overall situation – so neither should yours.

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17 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi – I’m sorry to “post” here, but am not sure how to send you information otherwise.

    This may be old news to you through related organizations, but I wanted to alert you to the broad-based, multi-faith coalition that’s building around The Great Warming documentary, and to send a link to a recent article. I’m helping with the ‘blogosphere’ effort, and am trying to get the word out about the documentary and the coalition’s Call to Action. Any leads, links or list mailings would be much appreciated!

    I have two articles that may be of interest on this coalition and its religious driving force, but as above, am not sure how to relay those to you. If you want to see or publish them on your site, I can relay them if you email me.

    Most of the information can be found at the website, http://www.thegreatwarming.com, including resources for faith communities, the Call to Action petition, book lists and more. We’re trying to get as many people across the US as possible to see the documentary before the elections, and to use the website voter guide to help keep their candidates on track.

    For the voter-education effort, we only have the info in the documentary and a webpage with five basic questions at the moment, but in the next few days we’ll feature a link that puts you in touch with your own legislators, their green track record, and issues for your region.

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I hope you like what you see at the website, and I’ll keep an eye on my inbox and your site over the next few days. Thanks for your time,

    Lisa Taylor
    lisataylor@frontiernet.net

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  2. Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for the post/email.

    To be straightforward, I neither believe in ecumenism, or in the possibility of a truly feasible solution to the problem of global warming (see my Amazon post, or google “permafrost thaw” or “ice sheet antartica” to illustrate my point). Although I am also concerned about the destruction of the planet’s fragile ecosystems, I believe that my primary goal as a follower of Christ is to serve as a witness to the poor. In doing so, it is also my belief that a drastic lifestyle change – and a more energy sustainable one – is in order as well – and God willing, it will be very soon (perhaps for some of my readers as well).

    While the suggestions of conservation are laudable, this does little in the long run when looked at in the perspective of Jevon’s paradox – more people will have energy you saved available to them for use – so the actual net saving continues to be negative (it’s not just America that has rejected Kyoto). Restated, the lack of a unified effort and/or political posturing serves to underscore conservation’s future failure.

    This said, unless we use energy in order to somehow directly counteract anthropological climate change, the effort is in summation useless. Ontologically speaking, no one (or at least a nanoscopically small segment of the 6.4 billion-and-counting on this planet) is going to sell off all their possessions (think a car for the work commute or the big-screen TV) in order to “save the earth” (i.e., donate all funds gained from sale to environmental groups). The zeitgeist is unfortunately trending too much towards hyperindividualism and hyperconsumerism.

    This is why I believe that orthodoxy is the key – orthodoxy in following Jesus. As far as I know, he led a life that appreciated the earth and treated it with a sense of sanctity – but even that was only the byproduct of a gospel that preached freedom from the worship of money and the pursuit of a heart of true worship towards God.

    So in short, I stand with you in principle but not in practice. Moreover, this is one aspect of how I perceive Christianity to differ from other religions. I believe Christians must follow that example as much as humanly possible, in the pursuit of what is good and just for this world and for humanity.

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  4. wiki:

    In the life sciences, evolution is a change in the traits of living organisms over generations, including the emergence of new species.

    In case you got confused, look again at the wording: I say proven hypothesis, not theory. (A proven theory is a law in the scientific method).

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  5. I didn’t get confused, I’m quite aware what evolution is. I asked because like many words nowadays, it seems to have lost its original meaning. Oftentimes when people say ‘evolution’ they mean Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.

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  6. A fundamentalist creationist is someone who believes that creation was the exclusive force for the formation of the world and for humans, and that no further changes can occur. He/she also believes the earth is under 10,000 years old. (I think these are the two main issues)

    Plate tectonics, natural selection, dinosaurs and birds in the fossil record, et. al all prove that our world is and has been evolving (read: changing), and I don’t find it unreasonable that we evolved (bodily) from apes (although there are some gaps in the fossil record that could stand to be explained).

    The problem lies in the origins of the universe, periods such as the Pre-Cambrian explosion that forgo the time limitations, and our substantial brain development, among other things (which I could use more education in as well).

    In any case, I do take both the creationists and evolutionists seriously, as there are moral implications for both of them. It’s just that in terms of the scientific method, in which creation scientists are trying to make argumentative headway into, they’re at a seemingly insurmountable obstacle (proving the existence of a scientifically unverified independent Variable vs. proving the process was the result of natural, observable phenomena). Philosophically it makes sense, but in the world of peer review you’ll get scoffed at.

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  7. Albert,

    First off – you have a great site, and i admire your strength in defending the Christian position in such a civilized and intellectual manner.

    Secondly- if you have the ability to see my email i would appreciate it if you could touch base with me if possible. i have some things i would like to discuss with you in private. my apologies if this was posted in the wrong section. i couldn’t find any other method of contacting you privately.

    Thank you.

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  8. GI,

    I’ve sent an email to the address that was provided – let me know if you get it or don’t get it here or via email.

    To address the first point – this site was meant to give glory to God, not to myself. Let your admiration go to God, who gives man his capacity to understand His infinite truths, and who has provided the Example by which those truths can be lived and told.

    Press on, brother.

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  9. “A fundamentalist creationist is someone who believes that creation was the exclusive force for the formation of the world and for humans, and that no further changes can occur. He/she also believes the earth is under 10,000 years old. (I think these are the two main issues)”

    Creationists might have thought that species were fixed but that is no longer the case. I believe the current model is that the biblical word, “kind” is not the same thing as the modern word, “species.”

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  10. Creationists might have thought that species were fixed but that is no longer the case. I believe the current model is that the biblical word, “kind” is not the same thing as the modern word, “species.”

    I think I might have heard of that before but forgot. But there’s still a lot about it I don’t know or haven’t read, of course.

    That’s certainly not the typical fundamentalist viewpoint, though (at least according to most atheists).

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  11. Sorry, I don’t know how to contact you personally and you closed the comments on the story on GFA. You need to revamp your story on KP Yohannon and Gospel for Asia please. ECFA has dropped them after a 36 year relationship. Wall Watchers is calling for everyone to cease giving.

    In a very strongly worded statement, Rusty Leonard at Ministry Watch is advising donors to immediately cease donations to Gospel for Asia in light of the violations reported on this blog and referred to by the ECFA.

    Read the entire statement here:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2015/10/05/ministry-watch-alert-donors-should-immediately-cease-donations-to-gospel-for-asia/

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