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You are listening to "Shell" from the anime Witch Hunter Robin. This is a very memorable song for me. I first encountered Witch Hunter Robin my freshman year of college. It holds a special place in my heart. And since I'm feeling nostalgic and depressed a lot lately, I've decided to use this as my profile media.

My "about me" sections used to be more major than this. But I guess if you really want to know more about me you'll have to write me.

Despite the sex of my avatar, I am not a female. I am a male. My avatar is a representation of Haelix. Haelix is a character of mine that I first developed when I was in middle school. For quite some time now Haelix has been the model of myself in a different form, the primary difference being that she is a female, but another difference being that she exists in a fantasy world. As I grow and mature, so does Haelix. She is my expression of myself since I have spent a lot of my life being rejected for who I am. Haelix is a more acceptable form of who I am to many people, which is why I pretended to be a female for almost six years.

I am 25. This isn't a bad thing.

I am still a college student. This is my senior year as I strive to achieve my bachelor's (finally). My major is Biblical Counseling. Originally I went to school for Professional Writing, as writing has been a passion of mine since third grade. I was then called to the ministry. But...right now I'm a little confused as to this calling. I don't know what my specific role in the Church is supposed to be. I am just sticking with Biblical Counseling because, since I first started college, I have changed my major a couple of times already.

This is partly why it has taken me so long to get through school. I've gone to two different schools. My credits didn't transfer, so I had to start over. I had a bad year in 2011-2012. And I've changed my major more than once. So...yeah. I will say that since that bad year I've made the President's List every semester. smilies/icon_wink.gif

If you haven't guessed by now, I'm a Christian. Non-denominational, though I'm probably considered "Evangelical".

I am married. My wife is Sabeine. She is absolutely, 100% amazing to me. I will always cherish her.

My favorite color is red. It took me a long time to realize this, because I love many colors. I prefer darker shades. Purple, blue, black, and pink are some other colors that I like. I also love green in certain shades.

I used to tell people that my favorite animal was the wolf, and that I also loved zebras. Hmm...I suppose the whole wolf thing isn't completely true anymore. I love dogs. Dogs. Yes, dogs. Dogs are the best. I've always loved dogs, and probably always will. I also really love horses. This goes along with the whole zebra, thing, sort of. I think horses are beautiful animals. They are also loyal, and very intelligent.

My favorite season is winter. Or perhaps it is autumn. My favorite season shifts, not based on the weather I am experiencing (i.e. "oh, it's cold, I prefer autumn) but rather simply on...I'm not sure. But I know it doesn't have to do with the weather. It is always, however, either autumn or winter.

My favorite food is the cheeseburger. Yeah, typical American. However, I'm trying to eat healthier so I try to avoid cheeseburgers more often now. I'm not as skinny as I used to be and my body doesn't burn up all the junk food near as well anymore--so I have to be smart about what I eat. I used to love lasagna, but I don't love it so much anymore. I'm not entirely sure why. I guess my tastes have just changed a little. Like, apparently I love cheesecake now, and I've NEVER loved cheesecake in my life. But lo and behold, over the summer I discovered that I love cheesecake.

I love berries. Strawberries are my favorite fruit. I also love watermelon, apples, oranges, bananas, kiwis, and numerous other fruits. My love of strawberries has helped me come to really enjoy eating strawberry yogurt. I love strawberry yogurt. This has not been the case for 98% of my life. Again with the whole tastes changing thing!

I like rock, techno, trance, alternative, and progressive music. I also like random songs from various genres here and there. Basically, I'll listen to almost anything. Even rap. If it's Christian rap. As in, like, Lecrae. But I will always love Genesis. Great music.

I am a writer. I love to write. I try to write as often as I can. I also like to do research and enjoy critical and deep thinking. They're fun.

May you find what it means to be truly happy.

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Jio Barzahd

Report | 07/01/2015 10:02 am

Jio Barzahd

A church plant? I can't say I've heard that phrase before. My mind goes to a church that's also a power plant, but I know that's not accurate lol.

I've been reading a mix of academic stuff and fiction. For the fiction side of things, I've been working on a second read through of Game of Thrones. It has been interesting to see certain details/schemes that I missed during my first read. As far as academic stuff goes, it has been a bit all over the place. I've been reading stuff on epistemic circularity, a book on evidentialism, an animal ethics anthology, some of Korsgaard's Sources of Normativity, and I'm thinking about picking up a normative ethics anthology from campus. I just need to get off my lazy butt and walk to the campus library (and wait for the rain to pass).
Jio Barzahd

Report | 06/30/2015 12:31 pm

Jio Barzahd

It must be nice to be nearly finished. Do you have anything specific lined up after you graduate?

Cool, I've been doing a bit of reading over the summer as well. I figured I may as well get it done while my reading energy isn't drained by course work xp
Jio Barzahd

Report | 06/29/2015 7:52 am

Jio Barzahd

No worries. I certainly know how that goes.

I've been doing okay, quite busy as well (at least until the summer started). How about you? How much more of school do you have left?
LilacInk

Report | 01/21/2015 2:14 pm

LilacInk

Hi, sorry about the late reply. I'm never on here. How are you? I'm newly single so I'm sad.
Jio Barzahd

Report | 01/13/2015 8:52 am

Jio Barzahd

<read the previous comment first : P >

And I should probably add that I don't think there are't sensible, intelligent appeals to religion that can play a role in moral reasoning. But my class was for freshman, who barely know how to argue coherently. I in part restrict appeals to religion in my class because I know they cannot do it well. They're just learning how to argue about ethics and moral issues, so I give them a starting framework to work with. if I were teaching a graduate seminar, I would probably still discourage students from appealing to religion, but it wouldn't be restricted, since at that level I can reasonably expect them to be capable of working within a more sophisticated theoretical framework.
Jio Barzahd

Report | 01/13/2015 8:46 am

Jio Barzahd

Yeah, if it comes up for discussion, I can appeal to that. Like if someone whom I know is Christian makes a comment about me being vegan, I can then speak to them from their own values. But I don't normally start conversations about moral issues, since usually nothing comes of it.

By appeal to religion I mean they cannot appeal to divine command theory (the sort where it's just whatever God says is moral or immoral is moral or immoral BECAUSE and ONLY BECAUSE God says so). So, if they appeal to a tenet of their religion as a reason for holding x moral claim, that alone will not fly in my classroom. I expect them to be able to explain or offer an account for why x moral claim is true that isn't simply "because God says so."

The purpose of my class was to examine moral issues and push them to argue for why x moral claim is true or false in such a way where they appeal to some intelligent/sensible backdrop about why things in general are moral or immoral. And arguing simply that "abortion is immoral because God says so" isn't a sensible intelligent response. It leaves out why exactly abortion is immoral, why would God, who if exists would have correct moral beliefs, regard abortion is immoral? Answering these questions requires something like an appeal to the inherent value of human life, even at the embyronic stage as opposed to other considerations, or some other story about why it is wrong that touches on the relevant moral factors in play. The issue of whether God says so or not is superfluous, since any sensible divine command theory (such as the one you hold) holds that x is moral not simply because God says so, but because there's some god-independent fact of the matter about what makes things moral or immoral. So if an appeal to religion is superfluous and is actually counter-productive for discussion, it becomes something to remove from the conversation. I'd rather not make the discussions and arguments held in my class more controversial/harder to make than they need to be. Ethical reasoning is messy enough as it is.

And I make sure to explain this in light of the Euthyphro dilemma in class. So while I am a left-wing, liberal, hippie atheist <insert other hyperbolic claims about liberals being elitist pricks within the university system> , I don't just start class with "No appeal to religion because I say so and I'm here to ruin education like all other liberals," my restriction is based on the fact that there are bad ways to argue for moral claims, naive divine command theory is one of them, so it's set aside in my classroom AND the sensible views of divine command theory involve religion-independent moral theories (e.g. utilitarianism, Kantianism, virtue ethics, etc...), so these are the theoretical reasons that are permitted in my class.
Jio Barzahd

Report | 01/09/2015 7:52 pm

Jio Barzahd

Within the right context it would. In the classroom setting, I actually don't allow my students to appeal to religion in their arguments. But in a normal conversation about that stuff, your info gives me some material to work with, which is nice to have.
Effigy for the Wind

Report | 01/05/2015 8:53 am

Effigy for the Wind

Mhmmmmm
Wednesday I have a meeting about college and leaving HS early but
I mean it is Morndas today anyways
Jio Barzahd

Report | 01/03/2015 1:29 pm

Jio Barzahd

No worries. I totally know how being busy and hectic "breaks" go.

Thanks, that does help. It was interesting to read as well.

With regard to your question, I have to admit you're the first christian I've met who has explicitly expressed a concern for non-human animal well-being to me. That's not to say I haven't met one who is concerned with that issue, but I've never seen it tied to Christianity. I've only seen the opposite where it's taken that animals were created for our use, to kill and eat as we see fit. It's worth noting I'm also from the South though, where not many people really give much thought to animals. It's also a fairly uneducated place, so that too could explain the lack of information about non-surface level Christian commitments. It's just a commitment in Christianity that I haven't seen expressed until I asked you about it.
Jio Barzahd

Report | 12/12/2014 11:04 am

Jio Barzahd

So I imagine that you've already heard about this, since a godless heathen like myself has heard about it lol. So my gf sent me a link about the Pope saying that animals do have souls, which he said was something Paul said. I was curious as to whether you've ran into any sources that conform that Paul did make a statement which could be interpreted as suggesting that animals have souls. (well, non-human animals. Obviously Christianity thinks some animals have souls, since we're animals lol). I ask, primarily to see what sorts of moral implications that would ascribe to Christianity with regard to the treatment of non-human animals. It clearly wouldn't say that we can't benefit from them, since us having moral value doesn't prevent us from making use of one another, but I imagine it would impose restrictions on the ways in which we can use animals.

Sorry to spring this question on you if it's not something that you've thought about at all. Just as a proponent of animal rights, finding out a way to convince Christians to give a damn about animal welfare/rights from within their own conceptual commitments sounds very appealing.

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