Lowell Van Ness is the guildmaster. Here are his cards: As to faith, he is a Christian who tends towards Reformed theology and believes that the Bible is the Word of God. As to birth, he is from the Southern United States. As to domestic politics, he tends to be a right-wing libertarian, while as to foreign affairs, he tends towards whatever course will advance the long-term interests of the United States. As to interests and hobbies, he enjoys reading, writing, watching movies, and talking about culture, theology, and politics. As to education, he would like to claim to be well-read, and currently has a bachelor of arts in history and political science from a Christian liberal arts college.
As to his own posting schedule, he will endeavor to post every Wednesday and Saturday.
Climb aboard if you like.
Seth Brake was let onto this blog by Lowell. If he’s a problem blame the admin. As for who he is, he’s a Christian foremost, everything else is up for debate. His tastes are sometimes contradictory, but he likes ’em:
In philosophy he likes G.K. Chesterton and John Calvin at the same time.
In politics he likes Edmund Burke and Oliver Cromwell at the same time.
In music he likes Power Metal and Southern Gospel at the same time.
In political thought he likes Thomas Hobbes and St. Augustine at the same time.
In Sci-fi he likes C. S. Lewis and Isaac Asimov at the same time.
In fantasy he likes Tolkien’s world and George Lucas’ at the same time.
He thinks Andrew Jackson was probably the worst president we’ve ever had but Bush wasn’t as bad as people think. He likes all food but maybe not hot pockets.
Ward Howard is an undergraduate student double-majoring in physics and mathematics at a private Protestant university where he became friends with the other authors of the Soapbox Guild. They have had some of the most fascinating late-night college conversations together he’s participated in since coming to college, and he hopes they will continue in this blog format. But don’t take things too seriously; each of them has their soapboxes, and it would be a mistake to think this is a gold-guilded enterprise.
He enjoys good books (especially C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien) and the beauty of the night sky. He finds the existence of our intricately intended universe astonishing, and he wants to be more and more conformed into the image of its Maker, the triune God who loved a poor wretch enough to save him from his own wickedness by grace in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, who was raised from the dead and lives in real power.
Any ramblings of his on this blog are what Augustine called “faith seeking understanding.”
Grant Riley went to college with the aforementioned folks. His field of study is Philosophy, he somewhat regrets this decision. He now spends a significant portion of his time working on political campaigns, helping out with political events, and even picked up flying because any good adventure usually involves an airplane somewhere along the way. He hopes to one day own a steampunk house, car, boat, aircraft, and of course wardrobe. Why? Because he thinks it looks cool, adventurous, and silly.
His hobbies include getting himself into a pinch, get himself out of pinch, pinching himself to make sure he’s still asleep, and making sure no highwayman pinches something from him while he’s awake. G.K. Chesterton will ever be in his heart, a silly pop song on his mind, and some strange tilting at windmills in his soul.
He relishes getting the insiders perspectives. Which may mean at times undermining other people’s plans, producing results of the underwhelming nature. There are a few holes in his logic, but on the whole he wishes to live the life of his fictional characters, so that he can make the writing process easier.