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Prolegomenon

This blog is a project done as an amateur. I have some questions and subjects I would like to wrestle with. I am specifically interested in taking a certain presupposition, based on God’s revelation in Scripture (and maybe also nature), and trying to position it as a filter to critique and enjoy culture and society, the arena where theological ideas are played out. My approach involves experimenting and treating this project somewhat like a performance art rehearsal or brainstorm. As the key to writing is in revision, I plan on returning to old posts to edit and improve on them. I do not know Scripture or nature well enough to succeed, yet I am curious what the side-effects may be for my growth and cultural sphere. I am using the first person because I am the primary access point I have to view the world; so I am treating myself as the case study for my project. I also hope to see what to trust and follow some secondary access points, quoting from them. (see goal 5 below)

The first step is to briefly and loosely define my terms and expand on my goals:

blog –  the medium used, introduced here by WordPress; what I am writing and you are reading here at this web address: https://artexp.wordpress.com

English – the language I’m using (an imperfect tool in imperfect hands).

amateur – a person pursuing an activity out of love; nonprofessional, possibly inept and unskillful. This is based on an attempt to follow this commandment:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27) [1]

explore – “travel in or through (an unfamiliar country or area) in order to learn about or familiarize oneself with it.” [2]

Which area? (Applied Reformed Theology):

applied – “(of a subject or type of study) put to practical use as opposed to being theoretical;” [2] in contrast to pure.

Reformed – the historical tradition following such thinkers as: Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Owen, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Hodge, Abraham Kuyper, Herman Bavinck, Geerhardus Vos, Cornelius Van Til, Francis Schaeffer, John Frame, Vern Poythress, Tim Keller, who else?

found in current seminaries like: Westminster Theological Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary, Covenant Theological Seminary, etc.

found in certain creeds, confessions, and catechisms such as the Westminster Confession of Faith.

reform – a continual movement back to the intended shape of things.

theology – study of God.

God – “God is a Spirit, in and of himself infinite in being, glory, blessedness, and perfection; all-sufficient, eternal, unchangeable, incomprehensible, every where present, almighty, knowing all things, most wise, most holy, most just, most merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.” [3]

Goals:

  1. to expand on above terms and defend their use.
  2. to refine and defend my presupposition.
  3. to refine and reform my understanding of reality based on this presupposition.
  4. to experiment with methods of doing these.
  5. to discover the traditions I can and should build upon.
  6. to network.
  7. to let others know me some.
  8. fun.

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[1] all scripture references ESV (unless otherwise noted)

[2] New Oxford American Dictionary

[3] Westminster Larger Catechism Q.7

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