Looking back on the five years since I started this blog, so much has changed. I am a different person than I was then, and at a different place in my life, yet much of my core mission and interests remain the same.
I still thirst for truth and justice, for wisdom and understanding.
I still crave that meeting of minds, that intellectual debate that draws us in to a greater conversation about why we are here and how we should live.
I consider myself less ideologically committed than I used to be, and I thank God for that. Over the past fifteen years or so of having ideas and opinions about things, I have lived long enough to witness the political pendulum swing back and forth. I am less concerned today with tracking the little stories and crises of the moment and more interested in taking a broader view. Let’s not get bogged down in tax rates and political contests when we can engage with Plato and Aristotle, Augustine and Aquinas, Shakespeare and Dostoyevsky!
Sometimes I write about religion, sometimes society and politics, with the occasional attempt at poetry thrown in for good measure. Much of my writing is inspired by conversations I have with friends, which never seem to get as nasty as internet back and forth’s, where even a bleeding-heart liberal and a conservative diehard can find common ground and keep things pleasant. This is the reason for the name of the site; front porch philosophy finds friends seizing unexpected moments to move beyond small talk and briefly touch upon the truth of things, glimpsed perhaps over a drink as the dogs bark and the sun sets in the horizon.
If you have stumbled upon this site – whether friend, acquaintance, or complete internet stranger, I thank you for considering what I have to say, and hope you will join in the conversation as we attempt to draw ever closer to truth, goodness, and beauty.