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Theologian, pursuing a greater intercourse between theology, anthropology, and philosophy.

I adamantly hold to a position of 'mere Christianity'. I value simple trust, listening to the Spirit, obedience, and character formation, over intelligence, rational knowledge, and academic education.

My chief interests theologically lie in metatheology (theological method, theological epistemology, epistemological ethics), spiritual and moral development, trust & obedience, spiritual disciplines, theology proper (esp. the character of God), the Priesthood of All Believers, theological ontology (e.g. ecstatic and eccentric identity), pneumatology, injustice, apocatastasis, and the intersections of theology with psychology and anthropology generally, as well as philosophy. Concerning those intersections, my favorite subjects are infinity, finiteness, death, existential anxiety, terror management theory, sexual psychology, metacognition, epistemology, imagination, narrative, example, culture, the vampiric power of social organizations (think 'principalities and powers'), psychopathy, objectification, theory of mind, empathy, philosophical physics, et al.

My influences are George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis, Arthur C. McGill, Søren Kierkegaard, Richard Beck, Andrew Murray, William Stringfellow, Dallas Willard, Ernest Becker, N.T. Wright, Wayne Jacobsen, René Girard, William James, Paul K. Moser, and the Anabaptists, et al. I did my thesis on psychological manipulation methods of the cults.


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revised How can we determine when an image is a symbol?
Edited to better reflect the edited O. Question.
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comment How can we determine when an image is a symbol?
If communication is both objective and subjective because it involves both senders and receivers, then we are working from different understandings of objectivity and subjectivity. For reference, I am using those terms in a Kierkegaardian sense, and so I cannot say that senders are objective. Certainly in the Humean sense, too, they are not, nor can be! But anyway, we're on the far outlying regions of relevance to the OP.
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comment How can we determine when an image is a symbol?
All language is fundamentally subjective. That absolutely means 100% certainty in communication is impossible. We only communicate inasmuch as my definition of a word or phrase aligns to yours. Symbols are even less certain due to frequent colloquial nature. This is why, for example, many arguments relying the term "free will" result in debate or confusion: different groups define it differently, and thus clarifications should precipitate discussions on it. The difficulty is attempting such clarification with millenia-old texts between alien cultures and wildly heterogeneous contexts.
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