At the top of this blog you’ll notice a “Why I Write” page. This has been one of the most viewed pages (or posts) over the course of my brief blogging career. For those of you with archaic advanced degrees (like in “theology”) – many of whom are professionally unemployed like me – this is my “prolegomena” (a fancy Greek word which means something like “the place where I tell you what I’m doing here”).
One of the great things about digital publishing, is that you can change your work as often as you feel the need. I don’t frequently re-write posts (unless errors are pointed out), but I have re-written my “Why I Write” page several times to better reflect the shape this blog is taking and address new readers who have come on board.
Just recently, someone left a comment which inspired me to make another change – a significant addition. It wasn’t the comment, so much as the commenter. I had read a post on this person’s blog and had been very moved by the fresh, vibrant, faithful writing I found there. It was a description of Holy Week from the perspective of a new believer and it deeply touched me. So, I left a comment of appreciation.
And, as the story goes, the blogger returned the visit and left a comment on my blog. End of story, right? Well, not exactly. You see, I got to thinking about many of my (especially recent) posts. So, I added this to “Why I Write”…
Finally, a brief word about some of the more “profane” writing you’ll find here. I was once asked by another blogger to describe my sense of humor and the first words that came to mind were “Ironic Iconoclasm”. I believe that most people (from professing atheists to conservative Christians) actually worship many false gods (sacred cows) and, when I detect this, I count it my duty to make fun of them (often using strong language). I see my mission similar to George Orwell, who wrote –
When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, “I am going to produce a work of art.” I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.
Hopefully, this will help readers who are at different places on their spiritual journeys not become bogged down in my sometimes strong sarcasm and “ironic iconoclasm” and we can grow together – speaking the truth in love.