I’m Stan Patton. I’m a professional game designer and social product analyst in Eugene, Oregon, USA. My degree was in software engineering. I’ve been passionate about philosophical and theological study and debate for over 20 years.
I grew up in the Conservative Baptist church, part of a big extended family of pastors and former seminarians. In high school, studies into the early Church and a craving for a simply-defined, “one Truth” led me to Catholicism. Years later, further study led me back out. I’m now denominationless.
This journey took me through a dense, labyrinthine theological jungle and out the other side, where there is no mandated deference, but instead a careful, reverential scrutiny.
This approach can be terrifying and terrifyingly lonely. But there are payoffs, the biggest being that we’re free to confront wholly nonsensical assertions that creep into the faith for various reasons. We can look at the development of doctrine not as a guaranteed linear ramp, but as a mutative network that’ll “get there” eventually through reading, discussion, brains, elbow grease, and by God’s Grace.
The cost is a recognition that nobody can know an observation-based claim with 100% certainty. And one must acquire a taste for “things are complicated”; nuance is neat, simplicity is suspect (unless it’s been earned through due diligence).
“Quiet theology” means practicing theology through philosophical quietude, where philosophy is meant to be more remedial than exciting. It asks that we bite the bullet on boring resolutions and, as such, is a tiny bit iconoclastic.
As a Christian, I have a number of beliefs about God and his interaction with the world. I’ve walked with Christ from a young age, and depend on him for my redemption, reconciliation, and hope. I’m a sinner who deserves the fair response for my selfishness and stupidity, and for my anger and my resentment, and for my recklessness and negligence, but through faith in Christ, and by his Grace, I try to maintain a repentant heart, seeking mercy and sanctification.
I don’t believe in judgmental tribalism or conceitedness. I believe in not only baking one wedding cake for anyone who asks, but baking them a bonus one for free. I hate favoritism and delighting-in-injustice. I hate self-righteousness which is insidiously virulent. I believe love completely fulfills — pleroma — the moral law.
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.”
I fail at this all the time. Trying to fail less.