I am – a Christian, a Philosopher, a Writer.
Update (11/2/2020) I was attending Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville Kentucky for a Master of Divinity. However, I moved over to Reformed Theological Seminary to complete a M.A. in Theology. My work covers a plethora of social and political issues through a philosophical and theological lens including Identity and Identity Politics, Modernity, Higher Education, and Church Polity.
I have two children with my talented and beautiful wife Vanessa.
- B.A. Political Science, Texas A&M Corpus Christi
- M.Ed Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies, UTSA San Antonio
I affirm and uphold the Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
I came to a knowing faith in Jesus Christ at the age of thirteen. Since that time I have experienced and learned about my faith enormously. Apologetics and theology were matters I quickly gravitated toward as I read and studied the Scriptures. Growing up in five different churches learning from various denominations (Southern Baptist, Nazarene, Charismatic, nondenominational) while attending Catholic School required me to study and learn often. By the grace of God a solid theology was taught as I watched videos of R.C. Sproul, Os Guinness, and Ravi Zacharias.
At this point in life I am a Protestant who adheres to the Reformed Doctrine of the Five Solas—Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone, Scripture Alone, and all for the Glory of God Alone. However, I acknowledge and seek to grasp more of a historical christianity Pre and Post Reformation. Far too often the exclusively reformed denominations uphold the Reformation in such high esteem that one tends to forget that there was a Christianity before and after it. Therefore historically speaking I am a Creedal, Confessional, Liturgical, Evangelical, and Orthodox(y) christian. For short I use the term LEPO to describe my historical denominational ties: Liturgical Evangelical Protestant Orthodoxy (LEPO).
Christianity is a vast and rich faith where one can study its biblical let alone historical contents for a lifetime. Unpacking what that means can lead one to a place where I am currently at in my historical understanding of the Christian faith.
Philosophy has been central to my learning and thought pattern all my life. At a young age I was reading Aristotle’s Politics and Plato’s Republic well before Animal Farm, To Kill A Mocking Bird, and other assigned literature one reads in school. During my bachelors of political science I began to develop my own political philosophy that evolved into metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, and aesthetics. Specific themes of philosophy have always been an interest of mine such as the philosophy of law and theories of justice. Of the many influential philosophers the late Sir Roger Scruton left a profound impact on my life affirming a deep longing for a conservative structure by which to put forth my ideas. This blog is a place where I will put forth my philosophical beliefs. Please note, by conservative I do not mean the American “Republican” vs “Democrat,” “Conservative” vs “Liberal” structure many readers are likely accustomed to. Ideology is necessary but also dangerous. The American political landscape in particular is too volatile. Hence I call myself a Primitive Conservative:
A form of conservative thought detached from a particular time or place, but rather seeking to incarnate eternal principles discovered throughout all human history. It values the rights of individuals through the understanding that liberty and freedom are not detached from principles that uphold their stability. In order to maintain individual rights there are required responsibilities and encouraged responsibilities laid upon citizens, institutions, and governments alike. No society on earth lacks responsibilities rather fewer societies openly acknowledge their necessity choosing instead a lesser form of liberty. Primitive Conservatism seeks to frame and structure responsibilities into laws, norms, and mores. Virtue is its primal source. Liberty is a living structure that requires constant care. Specifically, primitive conservatism is concerned with three areas pertaining to the survival of liberty at large: Morality, Justice, and Dignity.
Perhaps it comes as no surprise that I am a writer but it is my desire to do more freelance work along with journals, research papers, and books both non-fiction and fiction. This blog will be a place to establish some these works in an atmosphere where I can control my content in addition to recapturing integrity of information by reporting a clear, objective analysis of events. As the caption states, a prognosis, which requires an honest analysis beyond purely ideological or identity based lines.
Presently I am working on a non-fiction book concerning late modernity, a phrase characterized by several social theorist including the sociologist Zygmunt Bauman. Late modernity is a term meant to distinguish itself from the idea that humanity is post-modernity and I am in the camp that believes modernity has not passed but continues though frighteningly downward by its own peril. Postmodernism, philosophically and ideologically, is a reflection of present global identity especially in post-industrial westernized nations.
We are living in a time of fake news, conspiracies, and deep fakes mixed in with real present events in the midst of socioeconomic and political uncertainty. Therefore it is paramount to at least establish a base by which truth can be founded. That is what I aim to do in all of my writings.