Why I've Been AWOL
For those of you who don't know, and have been wondering where I've been, I have recently moved across the country to attend Bethlehem College & Seminary in order to finish my Bachelors Degree through their Degree Completion Program. I haven't completely set the blog aside, but I have had to take some time off over the past 1/2 year or so to focus on all of the intricate logistics of moving across country, applying to school, switching jobs, and coming up with the funds to support all of this!
The School & The Goal
Most of you may know this, but for those who don't, Bethlehem College & Seminary is an outgrowth of Bethlehem Baptist Church, where Dr. John Piper was Preaching Pastor for over 30 years. Piper, the author of Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, has been a very outspoken critic of altruism in the Church, and has even declared that he is on a campaign against Immanuel Kant and the stoics. He was (and seemingly still is) somewhat of an admirer of Ayn Rand, and has spoken a number of times about his appreciation of her and his sorrowful disagreement with her regarding various topics. For the most recent example, listen to this podcast from last March: Ayn Rand's Tragic Trajectory. Since retiring from the pulpit at Bethlehem, Piper has become the Chancellor at Bethlehem College and Seminary.
I say all that to point out the incredible opportunity I have in finishing my degree through BCS. Not only am I attending a school of extreme academic rigor, but I am attending a school full of men and women who have learned to lean in toward philosophical and intellectual dilemmas, rather than running away from them. I am attending a school that very explicitly denounces relativism, pluralism, and subjectivism -- not just in the culture, but in the Church; in the minds and lives of individuals, and in the trajectory of institutions. If there is a breeding ground for mature, honest, and vibrant Christian intellect in the US today, this is it. And I am excited to be a part of it.
Where to From Here?
So, does this mean I am shutting down The Christian Egoist? By no means! This is, I believe, the best next step in pursuing my passion to become a professional (and hopefully influential) teacher of philosophy and theology -- whether through my writing, through speaking, or through a formal academic position. It is also an opportunity for me to sharpen my understanding of various issues which are highly relevant to my philosophy. While attending school part time, I still need to work full time, so my time is limited. However, I do want to continue work with The Christian Egoist. I may not be able to blog as often as I once did, but I do hope to blog semi-regularly on various issues. One of the things I'm most excited about is the opportunity to blog about topics being covered in my classes, and then analyzing them from a 'Christian Egoist' perspective. I also have roughly 50% finished of a first podcast episode in a series of podcasts on 'Arguments for the Existence of God'. This series will, in part, be a response to Objectivist philosopher, Dr. Diana Hsieh's podcast series on the same topic.
So, please stay tuned and stay plugged in. Check back frequently for updates (which I should be able to do more often as we get settled into our new place and routine). And please consider praying for us during this challenging time. Also, if you believe that my success could be of value to you, please consider donating toward my tuition, here.