I am an amateur Philosopher and Theologian working my way through University ultimately towards a Ph.D. in Theology, and my dream is to obtain another in Philosophy. Currently I am pursuing an honors bachelor’s degree in Theological Studies and a major in Philosophy, with a thesis topic: “God’s Relationship to Time From the Perspective of Analytic Theology.” I attend Concordia University in Montréal Québec, Canada. The views I express on this blog are my own personal views and do not in any way reflect the opinions of Concordia University. I am also president of the Theological Studies Undergraduate Student Association (TSUSA) at Concordia.
In the interest of filling out my autobiographical picture a little more, I could add that I am a convert to the Catholic Church after a long and arduous intellectual journey, and one of the interests which always lurks in the background of everything I do is apologetics. Though I began to inquire philosophically from within an Evangelical Christian environment, I became fascinated, for a time, with the religion of Islam and nearly became a Muslim. I didn’t, however, precisely because I felt that Christianity had a better purchase on the claim to be true than did Islam. My looking into the religion of Islam, however, forced me to seriously look into the origins of Christianity as well, and this is where my fascination for both the writings of the Church Fathers, as well as textual criticism, came from. For a time I acted the missionary towards my Muslim friends, while also being actively involved in evangelical churches, communities and activities. Eventually, however, I began to ponder more profound and challenging questions concerning whether my religious beliefs were epistemically justified, whether I was able to be objective about my beliefs, whether I could share those beliefs evangelically in ‘good faith’ if I were not myself entirely convinced of them, and so on. It was in seriously engaging Atheism as an intellectually live option, and asking whether I ought to believe it, along with seeking out both intelligent Atheistic and Theistic interlocutors, among other things, that I familiarized myself with the philosophical issues relevant to the debate over Theism. It was also in familiarizing myself with arguments for the truth of Theism that I cultivated in myself a strong conviction about Theism’s truth. Moreover, in conjunction with this developed philosophical conviction, I also developed a very strong theological and religious conviction that Catholicism was true. Though I had philosophical reasons for taking Catholicism seriously, my conviction that Catholicism is true was a holistic conviction; I became compelled of Catholicism given religious experience, prayer, theological reflection, theological research (particularly into the ante-Nicene fathers, along with Catholic apologetics), philosophical and epistemological reflection, emotional intuition, along with a plausibility appraisal of Catholicism given the truth of Theism.