It was January 7th 2007, in Arusha, Tanzania when I met a beautiful 19 years old Danish young lady, Lea, who not only change my worldview, but became my wife. I was a 20 years old moral relativist, agnostic and profoundly influence by the philosophy of Lao Tzu.
My Bible was A Source Book In Chinese Philosophy (1961), translated and compiled by Wing-Tsit Chan. Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code (2003) made me skeptical of the truthfulness of Christianity, which was the faith I was raised by. When I met, Lea, I was on the road to what is called friendly atheism. I believed in something higher than us, mostly when I was in trouble and in need of help, but not the God of the Bible.
My wife had, she still does, something that Alvin Plantinga called proper basic belief. When she discovered that I did not believe in the Christian God, and that I believed that the Bible was full of contradictions and unreasonable accounts and that Christians were big fat hypocrites, she challenged me not to dismiss God without knowing what I was dismissing. Like Mortimer J. Adler, she told me, “Do not say you agree, disagree, or suspend judgment, until you can say “I understand.”
Because I was deeply in love with her and eager to show that her proper basic belief was false, I began a journey to understand before disagreeing. Well, here I am. Married and having a beautiful daughter, Eloise Madeleine, and a contender of the belief I set to show false. Still trying to understand. The more I know, the more I know I do not know.
I love reading atheistic literature, mostly the classical atheists, e.g. Nietzsche, Sartre, Russell and modern atheists philosophers, e.g. Mackie, Nielsen, Rowe. I am fascinated by the church history and persuaded by Augustine, Aquinas, Calvin, Luther, Owen, and Edward into holding a reformed view of theology. As D. A. Carson, I am holding a moderate position and continuously exploring and been edified by other nonreformed views.
If I could choose two contemporary philosophers who I would love to have coffee with, I will choose an atheist philosopher Bradley Monton and a theist philosopher Alvin Plantinga. If two theologians; D. A. Carson and N. T. Wright.
This is a little about me. I hope you got to know a little more about the guy, who loves philosophy and theology, behind the blog.
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