Hi Richard! I actually study theology quite a bit and have read everyone from the early Church fathers (Clement, Augustine, St. John Chrysostom, etc) to contemporary theologians and writers (Bonhoeffer, Kierkegaard, Brueggemann, Volf, etc). I’m quite well versed in hermeneutics and systematic theology, I just chose not to include those in much of what I write. Part of why has to do with theological reasons, believe it or not. In the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man, the rich man doesn’t go to hell because he has bad theology. He goes to hell because he fails to love Lazarus. For all we know, the man probably had impeccable theology as he knew who Father Abraham was and was a first century Jew. What he lacked was love. Notice also in another of Jesus’s parables about the goats and the sheep, that he doesn’t condemn the goats for false theology or a lack of solid theology, but for failing to love the poor, marginalized, and the oppressed. “If Jesus’s words are to be trusted, we’ll not be judged by how rightly we believed, but by how we loved” (that one is courtesy of Brain Zahand).

All this to say, a while ago I was reading CS Lewis and came across this quote: “What we want is not more little books about Christianity, but more little books by Christians on other subjects — with their Christianity latent.” While I venture into Christianity here and there, I try and live like what Lewis states which is why you won’t see a lot of my own personal theology in pieces but core foundations of Christian doctrine and what Christ commands. Everyone on Medium knows I’m a Christian because that’s easy to spot, but they also know I’m not one of those Christians. Instead, I’d rather let my work speak for itself and the way I interact with others here. I hope that explains more of my process and answers questions. I appreciate you reading very much and also for the kind words. Hopefully I’ll hear more from you in the future!

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