Before I get to writing purposefully for this freshly started blog, I wanted to let visitors know what the actual purpose of this blog is. Simply enough, it’s an attempt at dialogue. Of course, I’ll be expressing my opinion and worldview on this medium, but this is a means to my stated end. Let me unpack this.
The ideas I espouse and the arguments I will put forth are to incite the people who find this blog into expressing their own beliefs and ideas in response, and in doing so, to think. The comment section should be the forum for this exchange to occur. It should function as a “marketplace of ideas,” where different worldviews are passed around and subsequently weighed and measured to see if they survive critical scrutiny in the crucible of civil and rational discourse.
And what sort of ideas will I be putting forth? Oh, the controversial ones. The ones that induce passionate outcries of anger, especially in this post-modern, civilized, reason-loving society. I’m referring to religion, God, atheism and things of that ilk. Personally, I’m a Christian theist, and therefore, that bias will be overtly and blatantly evident. This means there will be various apologetic arguments featured on this blog, so if you don’t like that, well, no one is forcing you to read this.
This predilection of mine does not mean I won’t be fair, or this is a blog spewing “Christian propaganda.” Nor am I masquerading with the above paragraphs as a rational individual who really is a dogmatic religious fundamental. I actually value reason, and one of the hoped for side effects of Modus Pownens is to combat the common, yet erroneous belief that holds those who believe in God or subscribe to a faith are irrational, (and to borrow from a well known popularizer of this claim) “delusional” idiots. I strongly agree with Galileo Galilei’s quote, “I do not feel obligated to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reasons, and intellect has intended us to forego their use.” Furthermore, I am more well trained than most at keeping my bias bridled, and just because I possess one, does not mean I can’t be reasonable and open-minded with the operation of this blog.
It should be noted, however, although I’m a strong advocate for freedom of speech and ideas, I will not approve comments that don’t attempt to add something meaningful to the dialogue. This means vulgarity, indecency and hate speech will not be tolerated. This is not a censorship on free speech. A Ku Klux Klan member can type away, expressing his racist views until his fingertips bleed insofar he does so civilly and respectfully. I will participate in the comments section, but I can’t necessarily engage in robust dialogue/debate because I am busy enough as it is, and I can’t afford to allocate gratuitous amounts of time on this. I’m a part of the conversation, certainly, but my goal is to start it, and it’s up to you people to perpetuate it.
Another thing you should know is I’m still learning. I do not claim to be an expert in the chosen topics of discussion, but I do consider myself well versed enough to write intelligently about them. The topics I do post about on this blog are aimed to be pertinent and intellectually stimulating, and in striving for this, I will avoid spending great lengths of time on things embedded with clearly poor reasoning that have been dealt with post nauseam.
And lastly, I’m not trying to convert or evangelize to you. I’m not a preacher or a missionary. Just a person who loves to write and engage in good, healthy, yet respectful argument. I want to make you think, and whatever follows, is a result of your thinking and introspective reflection.
On a different note, I’d like to end by explaining the reasoning behind the name of this blog “Modus Pownens.” The title is a play-on-words of the Latin phrase “modus ponens,” which means “affirming the antecedent.” It refers to a common and valid form of argument recognized by philosophers and logicians. In choosing this phrase, I hoped to convey my interest in philosophy while being relevant to the goal of the blog. The reason for the spelling to include the wonderful little contraction using today’s slang of “play” and “own” known as “pown” is to grab people’s attention. “Pown” is a very popular word in the vernacular of the contemporary digital world. “To pown,” in the other words taken from a previous generation’s jargon, is “to school.” And to be utterly clear, I don’t want to “school” or “pown” anyone with this blog, and I honestly hope I made that abundantly clear in the above paragraphs. Other than being a catchword, I just wanted it to allude to the spirit of rational discourse behind the creation of this blog, and such spirit, of course does entail the competitive nature of argument and debate.