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At the request of a few readers of my blog, I’ve expanded my about page to a “Short” and “Long” versions. The short one is first, read the long one after the short one if you want more information about me.
Hello! I’m J.W. Wartick and I created this blog with the sole intention of writing apologetics. Christian Apologetics and Philosophy of Religion are my passions, and God continually opens new opportunities in this area. I have been accepted to Biola University to work towards a Master’s Degree in Christian Apologetics.
I believe that the Bible is the Holy and Inerrant Word of God and the sole source of pure Christian Doctrine. I believe in the Triune God: The Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, who are not three gods but One God. One Essence, Three Persons. I acknowledge and fully believe and adhere to the Three Ecumenical Creeds of the Christian Faith. I believe that salvation is in my Lord Jesus Christ alone, there is none other.
As part of my mission with apologetics, I’d love to hear questions and answer them as best as I can. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you’d like to see addressed in my blog or personally. I attempt to respond to everyone who comments on this site or contacts me, but due to an increase both in the amount of comments and the time taken by my off-site activities (marriage, studies, work, etc.) I will not always respond or may respond very late. My apologies in advance.
The destruction of unborn human life is abhorrent.
Book Review: Revelation by Richard Swinburne, Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics, Volume 1, p. 5-8.
“Past, Probability, and Teleology,” Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics, (2010-2011 Volume 1) p. 67-78.
My story is long, not of necessity, but because I like to talk (well, write, but you get the idea). It’s not a story about how I’m a recovering drug addict or something. I think it’s really quite boring. It’s a story of a young man who grew up in the church, always believed in God, doubted for a bit, and then was called back to a full and wonderful relationship with God.
I am a PK (pastor’s kid) and I was raised in the church. It wasn’t until I was about 19-20 years old that I began to be reflective about my faith. I felt that the scientific paradigm of the age of the universe and evolutionary theory presented hefty challenges to Christian belief. In moments of despair, I went to friends and poured out these fears to them. Primarily, however, I would pray, crying out to God to let me know He was there. God called me to Him and revealed Himself to me. This moment is very personal, and my written account of it is quite long, so for these reasons I won’t be posting it here.
I realized after this event that I wanted to do something for the glory of God. Initially, the most obvious choice was to go into the ministry. As I continued my studies, however, I discovered my passion was not in ministry, but in the scholarly side of church work–specifically philosophy of religion and apologetics. I was reading more and more of these two subjects and found myself deeply engaged in both mind and heart. I have heard it said that God calls everyone in different ways. He called me through a vision, while also calling me through various works written by His people. Thus, I decided to go into philosophy and apologetics. I’m unsure of what my future holds in these areas, though my eventual goal is to have a kind of traveling seminar which instructs the laity in basic level apologetics, while also writing works that range from novels related to Christian issues to basic level philosophy of religion to advanced apologetics and philosophy of religion.
I have seen God opening doors as I’ve pursued this dream, a dream which, in retrospect, is quite funny. I remember when I was young thinking that nothing could possibly be more frivolous than philosophy; now, philosophy is my life. I used to be mostly a fideist, not realizing that one needs to “Always Have a Reason” (hence the header for my site). My interaction with God used to be limited to going to church mindlessly and praying once in a while, now I strive (though often, in my human weakness, fail) to have an open and engaging relationship with God.
I find myself saturated with both Scripture and philosophy, and I could not be more happy. God continually guides me in this process.
Alright, hopefully this gives enough biographical data to satisfy those who wanted to know more. Feel free to ask me questions about my life, I’d be happy to answer them, within reason.
The images used as my site header are on a random loop. I’ve featured pictures of the Torah along with pictures of distant galaxies. I’ve always been in wonder about God’s creation, and these images help reflect that feeling.
P.S. As a final note I wanted to make it clear that I realize some of my older posts may not be up to par (some of my new ones may not be either). Credit this to the fact that I’m still learning. I delete/update posts as I realize they are useless or need modification. Other posts are faulty, but I let them stand because they at least had a few good things to say.
Disclaimer: my thoughts on here do not represent any school or business with which I am involved.