On Launching a New Blog

VeritasThis week marks two momentous occasions: first, the completion of my Master of Arts degree from Wake Forest University. And second, the launching of this new blog, Pursuing Veritas.

Pursuing Veritas is a blog dedicated to reflecting upon theological, historical, and cultural topics from the perspective of a follower of Jesus Christ who lives in this post-Christian and postmodern world. The reflections offered here do not pretend to always be correct or to encapsulate the fullness of truth. Rather, this is an outlet for critical thinking and contextual reflection as a means to pursue the Truth, most fully revealed in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Posts at Pursuing Veritas presume that while truth may be contextual, difficult to find, and contested, there are truths accessible to those who seek them. This is in tension with those who claim to have the totality of truth, who suggest that truth may only be discovered scientifically, or those who ague that universal truths do not exist. Building upon the foundations of the historical Christian Church, handed down through the scriptures, Apostles and Nicene creeds, and people of God, the operating worldview of this blog affirms that God calls those who follow Him to actively Love Him and those in the world; to be constantly Learning about faith (theology), history, and culture; and to Live a life of sacrifice, love of others, and just commitment to a historically and contextually informed understanding of the truth.

Now those of you who know me know that I’m not often in favor of new things for the sake of new things. Rather, I prefer trying something new only after the old has been demonstrated to be beyond reasonable repair. This was certainly the case with Thoughts on Life, Faith, and Worldviews, my previous blog hosted by blogger. After playing around with the WordPress interface for several months, I made the difficult decision to begin my blogging anew. This summer of transition, when Hayley and I will be ending our time in North Carolina and beginning our journey in St. Louis, seemed like the perfect time to work on this project. For those of you familiar with my work at Thoughts on Life, I envision Pursuing Veritas as something of a continuation– in fact, a number of previously posted articles are being reworked for relaunch here.

As I noted above, I do not pretend to have all the answers– that’s why this blog is a “pursuing” endeavor. But I do believe that with hard work, serious reflection, and a commitment to critical thinking, human beings are able to find truth– hence the “veritas” portion of this project. As the subheading designates, the topics I will try to focus on here will be those connected with theology, history, and culture (though I warn that I conceive of theology and culture as highly inclusive categories). I hope that you will consider joining me on this journey of pursuing veritas, wherever it may be found.


Published by Jacob J. Prahlow

Husband of Hayley. Dad of Bree and Judah. Lead pastor at Arise Church. MATS from Saint Louis University, MA from Wake Forest University, BA from Valparaiso University. Theologian and writer here and at Conciliar Post. Find me on social at @pastorjakestl

One thought on “On Launching a New Blog

  1. Jake,
    I love the name and I think the layout is fantastic! So much cleaner and easier to read than ‘Thoughts on Life…’ I put PV in my blog feed – I’m excited to see what fills your pages next.

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