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My Current Projects and Graduation

Hello, dear readers!

I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your coming and reading my blog, whether you are just a one-off who happened to stumble on this post, or a follower who has read it for years.

As a kind of thank you, I wanted to give you an update on what I’m currently working on behind the scenes. I am, as always, constantly writing blog posts. I try to give a pretty good spread of topics I’m interested and I hope you find them interesting too. I read a lot of books, so book reviews are a constant part of the process.

I graduate from Biola University with my MA in Christian Apologetics on December 20, 2013. I will be graduating in absentia. I don’t have the money to fly out to CA for it, so I’m a little bummed that I won’t be able to walk for my graduation, but I’m also very excited to be finishing. I have had an absolute blast with the courses and I have learned  a lot. Anyway, I have actually had two readers contact me because they wanted to send a gift for graduation and/or Christmas. Wow. That is really, really awesome. Thanks so much! If you also want to consider such a thing, feel free to check out my constantly-updated Amazon wish list.

I’m honestly really looking forward to getting the MA hood. Perhaps I’ll wear it around the home. Okay, no I won’t. But it is a really awesome feeling to be right on the verge of my MA!

But now that I’m on the verge of graduating with my MA in Christian Apologetics, I have been thinking ahead and considering what projects I should work on. Here’s an idea of what I’ll be doing.

Writing Books:

Yes, I’m working on a couple books. I’m actively writing on two of them, with a couple others planned in the future. My hope is to get these published through a major Christian publishing house. So hey, if you have any connections or advice, please send them my way either through the comments here or through the “contact” form.

The books I’m working on right now are, I think, going to be both highly relevant and also very sellable. They’re the kind of books that, if I saw they had been written, I would snap them off Amazon instantly. So I hope that others will feel the same way. The first book is about 95 pages right now, but I hate to say that I’m going to keep the topic top secret. I’ll just say this: it is related to apologetics, and it is going to give a lot of unique insight. It will, I think, drive a whole lot of discussion and research going forward. I’m not trying to brag here, I just think that the outcome will be pretty significant.

The other book I’m working on is related to issues of creation and creationism. It’s going to be largely autobiographical and written in the first person as a kind of memoir of my explorations of the issues involved. I may not reflect it much on the blog, but I have a fairly dry sense of humor and that will be reflected in this book.

School

I am planning on continuing my education, hopefully by pursuing a PhD in theology next. I will be applying not for 2014 but for 2015, so I’m taking this year to study languages and the like while working on my books before I go into full time school work again.

Bible Commentary

I have been working on a commentary on the entire Bible. I’m writing this less as a book project than as a simple project for edification. I have been keeping a document in outline format with notes on the various books of the Bible as I read through them. The outline format allows for easily searchable notes, and I also use some paragraphs therein as well. I think it is pretty neat! I am currently going through Proverbs, Deuteronomy, and Luke.

The insights one gets from such a project are amazing. It is fascinating to see the way you find links between books that you never had before. I highly recommend that you also keep a kind of running commentary going as you read through the Word.

Onward!

Anyway, those are the projects I’m currently working on. I hope you enjoyed reading about them. Let me know what your thoughts are! What are you working on? Leave some comments.

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About J.W. Wartick

J.W. Wartick has an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. His interests include theology, philosophy of religion--particularly the existence of God--astronomy, biology, archaeology, and sci-fi and fantasy novels.

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3 thoughts on “My Current Projects and Graduation

  1. Hi J.W.

    I was flicking through one of Michael L Brown’s books in a bookshop, and read what I think might be an interesting theological argument for a Young Earth. Brown notes a pattern of 2000 years from Adam to Abraham and 2000 years from Abraham to the Messiah, and if I recall, I think he implied that there would be 2000 years from the Messiah to the Second Coming.

    This same kind of idea is found in the 15th chapter of the Epistle of Barnabas:

    “Of the Sabbath He speaketh in the beginning of the creation; And
    God made the works of His hands in six days, and He ended on the
    seventh day, and rested on it, and He hallowed it.

    Give heed, children, what this meaneth; He ended in six days. He
    meaneth this, that in six thousand years the Lord shall bring all
    things to an end; for the day with Him signifyeth a thousand years;
    and this He himself beareth me witness, saying; Behold, the day of
    the Lord shall be as a thousand years. Therefore, children, in six
    days, that is in six thousand years, everything shall come to an end.”

    Now, I happen to think that there are plenty of good arguments not to believe in a young earth, and I simply don’t know enough about dispensationalism and the related issues there to have an opinion, but this scheme actually struck me as one of the stronger theological arguments that I’ve heard for a young earth.

    Would you care to give your thoughts on this argument?

    Posted by Cale B.T. | December 10, 2013, 3:40 AM
  2. Hello, J.W.

    I know it is off-topic here but I wanted to react to your last post (where comments are closed) and truly hope this does not bother you.

    As I told you the last time I believe that an exodus and conquest as described in the Bible are extremely unlikely. But this is a far cry from saying that the Biblical stories were created out of thin air.
    It is certainly not implausible that during the bronze age, a small group of semitic slaves escaped Egypt under the guidance of a hugely charismatic man and that they had a profound religious experience underway, before settling down in Canaan afterwards, which sometimes led to violent conflicts with people there.

    As for evolution, I don’t believe it causes more theological problems than the alternatives.

    I hope we will have other interesting discussions in the future.

    Cheers from Europe.

    Posted by Lotharson | December 13, 2013, 9:04 AM
    • Yeah, sorry about the comments. For some reason my WordPress has been automatically disabling comments so I have had to manually allow them.

      Anyway… My previous points RE the conquest accounts, I would say, stay the same. I think that the reading you gave offers a false dichotomy between rote literalism and essentially mythicism (or whatever word you would prefer).

      Regarding evolution: I read your post and I’m not sure what it is supposed to say to me specifically. I certainly don’t think death before the fall is any sort of problem I have actually argued that it’s only a problem for those who think it’s a problem. Of course, death before the fall is not the only problem people bring up with theistic evolutionism. But then, I am not convinced theologically it is a massive issue either. I just think ID has better explanatory power.

      EDIT: When I said that about your post my point wasn’t that the post is useless or anything–far from it. It’s just that I basically agree with the thrust of the post.

      Posted by J.W. Wartick | December 13, 2013, 5:27 PM

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