To be alive: not just the carcass
But the spark.
That’s crudely put, but…
If we’re not supposed to dance,
Why all this music? – Gregory Orr

Welcome! This is where I play around with some ideas and work through some of the challenges I’m facing both in the church, and in the world, and with some commentary on wine. I have a couple certifications so that I can get a good deal.

The Divine Latitude alludes to the disposition of “latitudinarianism,”  a sensible, pragmatic theological position. I perform my life as an Anglo-Catholic, but I don’t like to fight about it.

My faith is trinitarian, universalist, pragmatic, efficient, and polite. The world is driven and maintained by rituals and liturgy.

My worldview is Alinskyite, anti-identitarian, anti-utopian, realist, relational, and anti-Manichean. I believe that human beings screw things up, and that we’re in this world together. Nobody knows how to live in the Kingdom of God; none of us are truly righteous. Disinterested in perfection. I worry more about violence than sex.

I am the author of The Body of Christ in a Market Economy. It brings together scripture, regulation theory, transaction cost economics, mimetic theory, and soteriology. In short: rivalry is an expense. Prepare to spend, or find Jesus. Ask your library to purchase a copy!

I serve as a small church pastor. I support other institutions such as Planned Parenthood, the IAF, and Meals on Wheels. I #standwithpp.

I drink Oban, Nolets, and smoke the occasional Bolivar, when available.

What makes me angry: the war on drugs, the prison-industrial complex, tax-payer subsidized stadiums, dissing teachers, post-prohibition American Style lagers, and low fat yogurt.

I used to blog as John Wilkins, the Salty Vicar.

Ulysses S. Grant was an underrated president. #blacklivesmatter

Chop wood, carry water. Ora et labora.

5 thoughts on “About

  1. We are antithetical somewhat, but I am both Irish, and was raised R. Catholic in Dublin Ireland; also I was a Royal Marine (just 60 in Oct.) I had a stop along the way with the English Benedictines in my 20’s. (Maybe my lasting interior formation?) And I am reading Scott Hahn’s new book: Covenant and Communion, The Biblical Theology of Pope Benedict XVI. I read from Barth to Bulgakov! lol But Newman has saved my way more than once. I have even had a “spell” with Calvin and the Reformed. Love Calvin still somewhat, but I am getting over the Reformed (classic at least). I might go back to Rome with their new offer?
    Nice to chat a bit..
    Fr. Robert (English Anglican)

  2. Funny–I grew up Baptist in Rochester, NY area, but now I’m seeking out information about Anglican/Episcopal churches and trying to figure out their theology and doctrine. After having been Baptist for so long, it’s kind of a mystery to me.

  3. Informative and coy; you’re here in the delicious, tumultuous, artsy Diocese of NY as well then… perhaps we’ll meet someday. Perhaps we already have and loathe each other. Unimportant, that, as I’m inclined to be latitudinarian as well. Keep up the good work.

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