The name Alethiophile comes from Greek. Aletheia (ἀλήθεια) meaning truth and philos (φίλος) meaning friend or lover. So in short, it means truth-lover. I know my transliteration is imperfect, but that reflects an important thing about my writing: I do not claim that everything I write is totally accurate. I make mistakes, and am happy to correct them if you care to point them out to me.
The subjects covered here vary depending on what I happen to be thinking about the time. This mostly covers the thoughts, doubts and examinations of my christian faith.
The other main constituent of the blog is the set of book reviews that I write. I always have an extensive list of books I haven’t yet read but would like to. Feel free to suggest further reading, but please don’t demand I read something now, it takes a while to get round to the big piles of unread books I have on my desk/floor/coffee table/bed. Where possible, I try to inform any author that I have posted a review so that they may have the right of reply. Sometimes this comes up with some interesting results!
I try to update the blog 2 or 3 times a week but this varies depending on how much spare time I have. I do most of my writing at weekends and then tidy up the posts before putting them online during the week. So do come back and visit. Please let me know what you think. What’s good? What could be improved? What ought to be thrown out altogether?
If you are new to the blog and want to get a handle on my views on particular issues, then these posts may be helpful to you:
Doubting Thomas (a kind of manifesto for the blog)
Secular, humanist christian
Do christians have a monopoly on morality?
What a faith school is really like (a mini series)
How do you define a christian (a mini series)
On love and marriage
A summary of Easter
Should christians accept bonuses?
Confessions of a left wing christian
On egalitarianism and feminism
Oasis, unity and bad news for evangelicals
A Voter’s Manifesto (a mini series)
Liberal? What do you mean by that?
Theology – an idealistic view
Comments are most welcome. Whether you agree, disagree or have a totally alternative take on things, I’d like to know what you think. Comments are moderated very lightly. The only absolute no-no is abusing other commenters. Trolling is rare on this blog, though if any does occur I deal with it on a case-by-case basis. If a troll is particularly interesting or amusing, I may leave the comments there, but I reserve the right to remove or edit comments which are offensive, untruthful or simply attempting to divert attention away from the main point.
Nesting is used, but to avoid prolonged debates I limit it to 5 levels. In a dualogue, this allowes the original commenter to have the last say. Comments are left open for 2 months after posting. This is mainly to avoid spam which can cluster around old posts, but also partly to ensure that responses remain timely.