That's right. After nearly ten years, four websites and countless claims that I would never allow myself to degenerate to the status of blogger, here I am ... blogging. It's not that I have anything against bloggers. I have several friends who blog, and most importantly, my wife also has a blog. I think bloggers are wonderful people; I just couldn't bring myself to write something so ... casual. Most of the things that I write consume dozens of hours of research followed by an additional several hours of drafts, edits and rewrites before they are released to the public. That style of writing simply isn't compatible with the blogosphere, and I was not interested in changing. Yet, here I am writing the first post of my very own blog.
So what changed my mind? Well, to be honest, I simply became too frustrated with the amount of time that it was taking me to write each of my articles. Don't get me wrong. I love my style of writing. It's very polished, well thought out, and so intensely researched that I have absolute confidence in my conclusions; but it takes so long that, by the time I've finished studying a given issue, everyone else has forgotten about the whole thing and is not interested in being reminded. So, until I obtain my dream job of being paid to write such detailed articles, I have decided to focus on the more direct and capricious form of communication known simply as blogging.
What will this blog be about anyway?
The focus of this blog will be the same as that found in the mission statement for IncreasingLearning.com. It will focus on the public defense of the Bible and its application to American society. I was raised in a home where theology was a normal part of just about any topic of conversation. My siblings and I were taught not just to read the Scriptures but to study them and to look for ways to apply them to our daily lives. As a result, we literally cannot have a serious discussion without referencing the Bible. God's Word is the lens through which we view the world, and it is the view through that lens that I would like to share with you in this blog.
As the events of each day unfold, I will ask myself how those events look different to someone raised in a purely Christian environment as opposed to how they look to the average American. Then, I hope to be able to devote 500 to 1,000 words each night explaining that difference and encouraging you to see the world through the lens of the Bible. Of course, I'm not claiming that I always see things correctly. I'm sure that through the course of this blog, you will have many opportunities to point out flaws in my view as well, and I hope that as iron sharpeneth iron (Proverbs 27:17), so we will be able to interact through this blog to sharpen each other's vision of the path that God would have us to take.
"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
Bill Fortenberry is a Christian philosopher and historian in Birmingham, AL. Bill's work has been cited in several legal journals, and he has appeared as a guest on shows including The Dr. Gina Show, The Michael Hart Show, and Real Science Radio.
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