Welcome to inklingz

Thanks for visiting Inklingz.net.  I am a seminary dropout currently working in finance, with a lot of interest in politics, music, fiction and long-distance running, so anything could happen here.  My hope is that we can have an exchange in this space on these topics and others–maybe even some issues of real consequence–and some fun as well.  

I do not believe all views are equally true, but I do believe in respecting the views of others.  Some of you may be experts on topics addressed here, so you may know far more than I.  I hope that you will offer your viewpoints, will disagree with me, correct me and discuss with me (and with one another through use of the comment section). I believe the exchange of thoughts and ideas is very important and probably too infrequent for most of us.  

The title of this blog is derived from the name of a group of friends and authors known as The Inklings who met together throughout the 1930s and 40s.  They gathered for drinks regularly to review one another’s writings.   Two of my favorite thinkers were central to the group: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien once wrote of the Inklings, “Had an outsider eavesdropped, he would have thought it a meeting of fell enemies hurling deadly insults before drawing their guns.” (Letters, p.103).  Honest exchange and critique can be daunting, yet these men came together as friends week after week to clank their glasses together as well as their minds.  Partly through that exchange, they produced great works still prized by readers a generation (two?) later. I believe that in the clanking, we are able sharpen one another ‘as iron sharpens iron’ (Proverbs 27:17).  I am most grateful for the friends in my life with whom the clanking of minds and ideas does not preclude the repeated clanking of glasses.  

Since you have made it this far, I encourage you to catalyze the conversation by commenting on posts that interest you.

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