I’ve started and stopped, started and stopped again, more times than I can remember when it comes to writing and producing content for this website. One explanation for this stop-and-go progress–or the lack of progress–is that my thinking and research is constantly evolving, progressing, and developing. That being the case, I’ve been reluctant to publish information and analyses that I’m no longer confident reflect the truth.
Another obstacle has been time. I have a full-time “day job.” I teach on an adjunct basis for a local Christian high school. I’m a church elder. I’m in the dissertation phase of completing my Ph.D, and I’m a husband and father. In other words, even just a couple hours can be a scarce commodity. As much as I enjoy researching, writing, and teaching, my commitments to my own education and to that of several dozen teenagers who sign up for my classes usually takes up all the time I have to dedicate to those passions.
However, I am a Christian. I am dedicated to living my life in a way that is consistent with biblical principles and commandments. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus told his apostles that “[m]uch will be required of everyone who has been given much. And even more will be expected of the one who has been entrusted with more” (Luke 12:48). When I examine all of the things with which I’ve been entrusted, all of the things I’ve been given, I am convicted that God expects me to find the time and the energy to do all the things I am called to do.
What’s more, I know, based on the clear teaching of Scripture, that if I–in faith–commit to doing these things, and if I dedicate these efforts to the glory of God and the mission of the Church, then the time, energy, and resources to accomplish that which God expects will be supplied to me in the same way all the things that create this obligation have been supplied.
So with all that being said, the overarching purpose of the information and materials I produce for this website is to spread and defend the Christian faith. Broadly speaking, spreading and defending Christianity is the mission focus of all my scholarship, writing, and teaching. My particular niche within that broad mission focus is more narrow.
My life as a scholar revolves around the connections between two areas of study: religion and politics. More specifically, it is the connections between Christian apologetics and philosophy, and political theory and public policy. At its core, my academic work is driven by a single axiomatic proposition: All politics (and, therefore, public policy) is ultimately religious in nature. Stated another way: All public decision-making relies on assumptions and presuppositions that are fundamentally religious (or theological, or metaphysical) in nature. What that means, exactly, will become clearer as the material for this website is developed.
For now, I’ll conclude this introductory post with my primary observation about what the consequences are for all public decision-making having a theological nature:
The greatest threat to the Christian Church–its mission, the unity of its members on which that mission relies, and its public existence through which that mission is accomplished–is the contemporary socio-political establishment.
The necessary correlate to that observation is that the greatest threat to the contemporary socio-political establishment is the Christian Church.
Let me be clear. I do not share these conclusions lightly. But, they do represent my most important conclusions about the relationship between–as the website’s title suggests–God, gods, and governments. These conclusions are based on years of study and research in the fields of philosophy, apologetics, theology, and political science.
In the next post, I’ll start to explain how I came to these conclusions.