Why Elizaphanian? Well...
When I got my first independent e-mail address it was with hotmail (still used) and all the obvious 'Sam Norton @...' addresses had been taken. So I got out the good book and opened it at the Old Testament and read this. I thought it sort of fitted me, so I added the 'ian' at the end to indicate a likeness.
The real me is the Rector of West Mersea, Essex, England - along with three neighbouring parishes. It's very close to where I grew up, and I'm very proud of being an Essex boy. I'm married with kids; a bit of an ageing libertarian-conservative-hippy hairy biker but principally an orthodox Christian trying, failing, and trying again to live out the faith. I like beer and wine, sailing, walking the dog on the beach, reading to the kids, all the usual stuff. I am also a bit fanatical about Chelsea FC but try not to mention that too often.
This blog is my penseive, the place where I think out loud about whatever is on my mind at the time. Sometimes I will take an idea, run with it, argue for it and end up rejecting it. Othertimes the idea sticks. Time will tell, so: don't take any one post too seriously! Please note that my quest for Truth borders on the pathological. Also, please note that articles linked are not necessarily representative of my own views. I link to what makes me think and I am often more stimulated by something that I don't agree with. If you must know, I believe (beyond the obvious) in human flourishing and human freedom - in that order.
I will often put up TBTMs or TBTEs - these stand for The Beach This Morning/Evening. Highlights can be found on my flickr page.
I also use it to list the films I watch - mostly junk, but I flatter myself with the ability to recognise the occasional diamond when it crosses my path.
An explanation of the subtitle of the blog is here.
This is an index of some of the main themes of my writing on this blog:
Click here for my talks about Christianity and Peak Oil - if I have anything of value to say to the world, it's contained here.
Autobiographical (what this blog is mainly about)
The colour of my shirt
The Old Testament Heart
Guarding the Holy Fire
Workload, priorities, vocation
Laying George Herbert to rest
Why I blog
Inertia, theoria, blogging
Dust and Bones
Prayer and grief
Watching the tide come in
Rage and comic book heroes
Socrates or Jesus?
Scripture, Evangelicalism, Liberalism, Fundamentalism
What I think about the Bible
My talks on evangelicalism
Anglican liberalism and the interpretation of Scripture
The Authority of Scripture
A bit more on Scripture
Some thoughts about evangelism
Why I hate fundamentalism
Getting personal with fundamentalism
On the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy
Not by our own feelings (criticism of 'conversion')
Catholicism trumps Liberalism
My posts on atheism
Reflecting on the Incarnation
Tearing down the curtain
Excrement smeared across a church wall
Leaving Satan behind
Music in worship
What I'm optimistic about
What do I mean when I talk about 'God'?
On Intelligent Design
Only love can believe
Why I love Wittgenstein
Wittgenstein and Radical Orthodoxy
Wittgenstein, Plato and Pickstock: The Sense of Relgious Language
Peak Oil related
The Great Dislocation
Prophecy and Peak Oil
Misplacing the Apocalypse
A Fully Wired Future
What I'm optimistic about
Review of Economist article on Peak Oil
It's the secondary effects, stupid
The Holiness of Stuart Staniford
Gandalf, Gunpowder and Neil Gaiman's cats
Why I am a Conservative
My posts on Obama
My posts on Palin
Wrestling with violence
Ante-bellum thoughts on Iraq
Continuing to wrestle with violence
Sam, Sam, pick up thi musket
The non-violent image
Non-violence from a different angle
Metaphysics (including the Metaphysics of Quality)
Introducing the MoQ
A Christian interpretation of the MoQ
The question of character
The Eudaimonic MoQ
The Religion of Metaphysics
The Grammar of Salvation
Wittgenstein's Mystical Method
Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of Love
On Religious Experience
The Mythology of Science
The apathistic stance
Parfit, Persons and Integrity