For readers curious about who’s behind this blog, this is for you.
I’m a student of theology. My studies started back in my high school days. One year I’d been assigned to read C. S. Lewis’ Out of the Silent Planet. Little did I know how formative an experience this would prove to be for me. Prior to this assignment I didn’t care much for reading. Lewis singlehandedly and irreversibly changed this for me.
Not much later my attention turned to the original 16th century Protestant reformers. Once again my reading habits changed. I was finding myself gripped by a richer conversation than I had yet encountered. Soon enough I had read myself into evangelical Calvinism.
Then came college and seminary. First I moved to Santa Barbara, CA to study theology and philosophy at Westmont College. There a steady diet of Lesslie Newbigin, Richard Hays, and Robert Wilken, among others, cooled my Calvinist fever (though not my respect and gratitude for the tradition). Random browsing in Voskuyl Library also introduced me to Gerhard Forde, Robert Jenson, Gilbert Meilaender, Paul Holmer, and George Lindbeck. Sure enough, I found a home in the Lutheran, postliberal and evangelical catholic sensibilities these theologians modeled for me. And it’s been a home I’ve gladly inhabited since these undergraduate days. After college, seminary took me out to New Jersey, where I happened upon a yet-broader array of theological orientations, furthering my appreciation for the expanses of theology’s landscape. Three of the welcome discoveries from this period, made when browsing the halls of Luce Library, were the dependably sensible voices of Austin Farrer, Nicholas Lash, and Charles Wood.
Now I study at Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto. These days my principal interests revolve broadly around the legacies of Martin Luther and Ludwig Wittgenstein. My only aim with this blog is to share some of the more formative lessons I’ve picked up so far. These may take the form of quotes, reading suggestions, book reviews, sermons, or any other ideas I come up with. I should tell you upfront that, as I’ve been trained to pursue theology, the venture remains truest to its Lord and its vocation when it aims at re-humanizing its students. Be patient with its discipline, and God only knows what ministries of reconciliation and responsibility you’ll be equipped for.
I pray you’ll take the invitation.
L. L. Wilmoth