Why a blog?
Lily was my apprentice novel. It can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/Lily-Jon-Pirtle
I’m currently completing a book of short stories. Most of them are set in GA, FL, AL, and TN.
Or you can reach me here: http://www.jonpirtle.com
I love literature, especially the classics (most of them, anyway), theology, philosophy, biography, and history. I appreciate the ways theology and philosophy manifest themselves in literature.
When I earned my M.A. in English, I was exploring the ideas of the atheist Albert Camus and the Christian writer Walker Percy. I found, and continue to find, great benefit in showing how ideas and presuppositions about what is true either conform to reality or pervert reality.
My goal? To ask, What makes more sense? Is this an atheistic world? Are randomness, acts of violence, and boredom the best we should hope for in a looming void? Are those experiences, so prevalent in modern, postmodern, and post-postmodern literature, the best we should hope for? If so, life is a pretty sad tale.
However, maybe that worldview is wrong. Maybe there is another way. Is it possible that another worldview makes more sense, that another worldview actually corresponds to the way things are?
The worldview in Percy’s The Moviegoer begins somewhat in the same tone as Camus’ world; it is a world of estrangement. However, Percy’s protagonist moves on. How? He follows ideas to their logical consequences. He sees that atheism/materialism do not hold answers for what it means to be a man, to be a questioner, a seeker after eternal truths (not just whimsical distractions). Why, after all, would man question his experience if he is mere matter in motion?
Percy’s protagonist comes to see the world makes more sense via a theistic, not an atheistic, framework. Refusals to acknowledge God and revelation reveal more about fallen man’s nature than about ontology.
Ideas have consequences, and I hope this blog bears witness, not just to my personal interests, but to how ideas conform unto or pervert the truth. My particular theological/philosophical presuppositions will unfold.
If you love literature, or if you appreciate the ways in which people’s theology and philosophical worldviews invariably manifest themselves in art, literature, life, and culture, welcome.
Some of My Interests:
Literary fiction, theology/philosophy/worldviews, Christian apologetics, drama, history, poetry, biography, non-fiction, and cultural studies.
B.A. in English from Western Carolina University (1993); M.A. in English from Western Carolina University (2005); M.Div. from Liberty Seminary (2011); military chaplain; literature and writing instructor.