Life has taken quite a turn. Just last week I moved to Scotland to attend the University of St. Andrews; I am here to study a Master of Letters in Analytical and Exegetical Theology as part of the Logos Institute. It is fitting that as I make a new stage in life in a journey across the Atlantic, I make a new start on this blog (although, I will admit that this blog is restarting due to negligence to renew my hosting and domain fees; this wasn’t planned!).
So, I am rebooting with the hopes that this time will be a little bit more focused in my blogging. My problem in the past has been that I am so incredibly interdisciplinary in my desired approach to learning that I lose focus and therefore motivation to continue to write. However, being back in an academic setting that is interdisciplinary, combining Biblical Studies, theology, and analytic philosophy, while have a particular focus should prove beneficial to me, if for no other reason than I have something specific to keep my focus on in learning.
In light of that, I hope this re-reboot of this blog to be much more focused, principally on the field of Analytic and Exegetical theology; while I don’t plan for it to be exclusively dedicated to that, I definitely feel it is a good direction for my writing. Blogging, when done well and not for the purposes of self-aggrandizement, can be an effective catalyst for expressing inchoate thoughts into a more expressible and manageable form. Engagement with other serves as a bonus to refine one’s ideas, both in content and expression.
But while the idea of Analytical and Exegetical Theology may evoke notions of stodginess, I hope for the writing I do on this blog to be a bit more vibrant by engaging the resources of Biblical Studies, theology, and analytical philosophy, along with my other interests in cognition, linguistics, continental philosophy, etc. to address more immediately pressing and seemingly pragmatic questions. Even though I am not presently serving as a pastor, I am still focused on the prevalent theme of my Wesleyan background: God’s sanctification transforming us towards a holy life lived before Christ. So, I hope this blog does not simply engage the pressing questions of the theological academy, but also the focal points of engaging the whole of life in light of Christ. Hence, the title of the blog remains Pistis Christou, a reference to the Pauline Greek phrase translated as “the faith(fulness) of Christ,” as it is Christ’s own life that through the Spirit we recapitulate within ourselves as the Church.
So, here goes for a new stage of life and blogging!