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.
Pursuing Veritas is written and maintained by Jacob J. Prahlow, a current PhD student studying Historical Theology at Saint Louis University. In June of 2012 Jacob married the love of his life, Hayley, who is Registered Veterinary Technician, a graduate of Brown Mackie College, a graduate of Southwestern Michigan College, and way smarter (and cooler) than her husband. In August of 2016, Jacob and Hayley welcomed their daughter Bree into their lives.
Jacob graduated from Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC) with a Master of Arts in Religion, where he wrote Discerning Witnesses: First and Second Century Textual Studies in Christian Authority, a thesis investigating appeals to authority in early Christianity. Jacob received his Bachelor of Arts in theology from Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, IN), studied abroad at Oxford University (Trinity College) in conjunction with the Summit Oxford Study Centre, holds an Associates degree in Liberal Arts from Southwestern Michigan College, and is a graduate of the Summit Semester interdisciplinary critical thinking program. A confirmed member of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod, Jacob has worked in ministry for several years, including work at The Rock Church of Saint Louis. He also ran and maintained Thoughts on Life, Faith, and Worldviews from 2010-2014