Hello world!: Introduction
August 19, 2012 — 23:41

Welcome! WordPress has suggested that I use this post to tell readers [A] why I started this blog and [B] what I plan to do with it. So here goes.

Why did I start this blog? There are a number of ways to answer this question. One way is to explain what caused or led me to do this, and another is to explain what purpose it serves. As to the first, I got the idea to start this blog from my friends and family. And while I was initially somewhat reticent–because I know very little about blogs, and have little experience reading them myself–upon reflection, I decided that it would probably be a good idea. As to the second, the purpose of this blog is to provide answers and explanations to common (and perhaps uncommon) questions about the philosophy of religion, and to offer my own studied opinions on those issues.

What do I plan to do with it? I take this to be a question about how I will go about achieving that purpose. How will I decide what to post, what topics to address, what philosophical concepts to explain, what questions to answer, what opinions to give, and so on? This is more difficult. I’m not really sure. I think I’ll just play it by ear, at least to begin with, and perhaps a more structured method will present itself later on.

It occurs to me that a third  question readers might ask is [C] why are you qualified to speak on these topics? (i.e., why should I listen to you?) I won’t claim that I am qualified, or even that people should listen. While I did get my MA degree in philosophy, there are plenty of people more knowledgeable about these things than I. That said, I will claim that there isn’t any other topic I’m more qualified to speak on than the philosophy of religion. So, if I have anything to offer the reader, it will likely be in that domain.

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