Those who have visited since January 17, 2004 should know that I have returned to the Christian orthodoxy from which
(this may come as a surprise to some of you) my thinking strayed.
Those fields did not yield what they seemed to promise. The harvest
of my intellectual discontent is still on display here, but
henceforth new content will reflect my new-old interests.
My current priority is to situate myself within Christian
orthodoxy, a matter that I do not think has been settled for me.
I believe myself to be a member in good standing of the Roman
Catholic communion within the Catholic Church, from whose fold I
do not exclude Eastern Orthodox and Reformed Christians. Such
self-situating requires more prayer and reflection than
Despite their disunity on the doctrinal level, these diverse
communions form one Church of Jesus Christ. No official
statement of any particular communion has gotten things exactly
right, but neither does this deficiency justify a Christian's
failure to belong to any one of them. Continued disunity is the
greater scandal (John 17).
I am painfully aware that Roman Catholic officialdom does not
regard the Roman Catholic Church as merely one
among others. Whether my more modest description disqualifies me
from continued membership is a question I am in no hurry to
test. I do not believe, however, that such a test jeopardizes
one's membership in the communio
sanctorum. So let the chips fall where they may.
In any case, my interest in airing the questions that interest
me now is much less than it has been. Simply put, such airing
has not paid off. I have no desire to issue a public retraction,
and you probably have even less to read one. After I've drawn so
much attention to thought I now deem error, it would be unseemly
for me to put forward what I now deem true with the same
enthusiasm. For now, at least, much less is much more. The
only continuity I see between then and now is personal
idiosyncrasy, which is an admission that I cannot escape my
God only knows what that means for the future of this hopelessly
old-fashioned site, but I assure those who have ever gotten
anything out of their visit that there are no plans to pull it
down. I do have a few blogs*, but to maintain them on
anything like a regular basis will cost more in the coin of
precious time and energy, better spent on study, than I am
willing to pay. If they have created expectations that will most
likely not be met, I accept whatever censure my failure exacts.
There are weightier matters to consider.
As always, feel free to write me at anarchristian at juno dot
January 17, 2012
House of Hard Bop