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Examining "The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self"

by Hiram R. Diaz III Over the past few weeks, I've been busy over at my Substack Logia . I've been delving into the thinking of Carl R. Trueman as it relates to his new book The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism and the Road to Sexual Revolution . I initially wanted to do a simple review of the book, but after having read it I came to see that explaining why the book is not a good resource require me to lay down some necessary ground work. So far, I have only published two articles. The third is coming out on April 18. If you're interested, check out the articles below, and subscribe to Logia . The first article looks at Trueman's ambiguous use of the word modern. The second article gets into some reasons as to why Trueman's use of the word modern  is ambiguous. The third will look at Trueman's understanding of the self, examining its philosophical context. 1. The "Modern" or "Modernist" Self? 2.

An Introduction to Axiology: Logia.Substack.com

by Hiram R. Diaz III If you're not a subscriber to my new blog Logia ,  you are missing out on a series that I think will be beneficial to you now and in the long run. The title of the series is "Intro to Biblical Axiology," and it deals with the nature of value as it relates to created things in general, humans in particular, God, and our relationship to him. Since the acceptance by many Christians of the government's belief that some jobs are "non- essential" became widespread, I have felt the need to articulate - in a systematic manner - why such a belief has no basis in the truth. This series is dedicated to this task, and it can only be read at the Logia substack. Here is a link to the articles already in print. Intro to Biblical Axiology [Pt.1] Intro to Biblical Axiology [Pt.2] Become a subscriber today! -h.

The Future of this Blog

by Hiram R. Diaz III Given that I'm something of a creative "jack of all trades," finding a way to manage my creative output has been something of a difficult task. Initially, I thought I could use this one site for blogging on a variety of subjects, as well as promoting my aesthetic work. However, the kind of writing that I tend to do is not really suitable for the kind of smorgasbord site I have created here. Not only that, but it tends to be time consuming as it involves a lot of reading, researching, drafting, revising, and editing. So I've decided to keep this site up as a kind of catch-all where I can post randomly, as well as promote my aesthetic work. My more in-depth writing will now be published on logia.substack.com. Currently, the page doesn't have and content. However, Lord willing, that will change soon, as I'm currently preparing to write about the work of yet another evangelical change agent, namely Carl Trueman. Until then, Soli Deo Gloria! -h

Some Thoughts on Ignorance and Moral Culpability Before God

by Hiram R. Diaz III  [Read: Romans 1:18-32] One is always culpable before God, even if he is unable to understand the verbal revelation given by God. For while he may not understand the Scriptures, he understands that he is ignorant of their meaning. He is culpable in such a case for not having sought out understanding of that text, either by means of a human teacher who can help him along the way or by means of supernatural assistance. The man who doesn't understand the word of God, understands that he is ignorant of its meaning, and yet doesn't seek to remedy this situation reveals he has a hardened heart that is satisfied with its wayward and ignorant meanderings. He is proud, unsubmissive to the law of God written on his heart that demands he think not more highly of himself than he ought (which violates the first commandment), and that he bear witness to the truth regarding his condition (which violates the eighth commandment). It also follows from this that he is a liar,

A Little Update...Mostly About Books

by Hiram R. Diaz III So things around here have been somewhat quiet for a while now, but I've been busy at work.  A lot of my time has just been spent doing regular dad and husband things, but I've also managed to pump out an album ( check it out here ), two articles for Thorn Crown Ministries ( On the Moral Duty and Necessity of Going to Work , Some Answers to Pertinent Questions from a Friend ), and have managed to get a good deal of reading done. These books cover a range of topics, and could be very useful, so I thought I'd list them. 1. Pseudopandemic: The New Normal Technocracy  - I heard about this book while listening to The Corbett Report   (a politics/geopolitics podcast well worth your time if you're interested in actual news), and have been greatly pleased by the book's meticulous documentation of its sources. It is a long read, but if you're interested in understanding how and why the covid fauxpocalypse is just that, a pseudopandemic, this is a gre

Are You Distracted?

by Hiram R. Diaz III When the Lord saved me around 12 years ago or so, I made a radical break from my political past. Whereas I had formerly been a postmodernist and, therefore, an advocate of ideas in line with critical race theory and social justicism, upon my conversion I understood that such ideas and their attendant practices were wicked. I wanted nothing to do with them, and thought I could quietly pass my time here without ever having to think through political issues.  In my view, being concerned about my rights as a citizen of the USA was a foolish waste of time. After all, God is Sovereign. Why should I be concerned about the sins of others, when my sins are so numerous? Is this not a form of self-righteousness? Why should I be disseminating politically relevant information, when I could be disseminating the Gospel? Was it not just a waste of time to be concerned with political issues? As ti

How to Love God and Your Neighbor

by Hiram R. Diaz III [N.B. This article was originally three articles which I published for ThornCrownMinistries . I decided to repost it as one incredibly long article, seeing as I had some readers tell me it was a helpful series of articles. I hope you are edified by the content, and can find practical use for it as well.]  Part 1 – Think Before You Get “the Jab” Seeing as many Christians are aware of the ethically suspect, if not entirely corrupt, process of vaccine development, and are aware of the serious side-effects of the gene-therapies that are now being rebranded as vaccines, there is a growing tide of individuals who feel the need to tell us that we are “not loving our neighbors” if we don’t get vaccinated. Visit social media and you can see them saying “I thought you were a Christian. Aren’t you supposed to love your neighbor?” Listen to the talking heads on television and online media outlets and you can hear th