Someone's heretic.


Slices of my life.

I'm Working on My Second Book

One of my goals for last year was to write a new book. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. 

I don't consider this a failure though. I had this aspiration at the beginning of 2016, and I tried to concoct an idea that felt worthwhile to write about, but as time went on I realized I just wasn't ready yet.

Twenty-sixteen was a year of changes and processing for me. I left a "dream job" and started my own business. I moved cities. I left a religious denomination. Plus I've been wrestling through some difficult life crises which are still too fresh and personal to talk about publicly.

In a nutshell, last year just wasn't the correct time for me to write another book.

What about 2017? I think it might happen this time.

I've been thinking a lot about the concepts of Heresy and Orthodoxy over the past two years, and I have a lot of things I'd like to say about them. So, I've begun planning a new book. 

What's it going to be about?

Here are a few of the broad questions and statements I'm exploring:

  1. We need heretics.
  2. Everyone is a heretic, but a lot of people are unaware of this fact. Is this lack of awareness causing great harm?
  3. Everyone is someone's heretic. A little perspective goes a long way in humbling us.
  4. Orthodoxy is predominately about maintaining control and certainty at the expense of _______.
  5. Why are heretics deemed dangerous?
  6. At what point does a heresy become an orthodoxy?
  7. How can you wisely function as a heretic?
  8. Why do heresies arise? 
  9. What are the intentions and motivations of heretics?
  10. What does it look like for a heretic to be in relationship with those who subscribe to Orthodoxy? 
  11. Heresies can be just as oppressive as Orthodoxies.
  12. We must be open to our neighbor's search for the truth even when their search doesn't go in the same direction as ours.
  13. What are some examples of heretics in history and literature that we can learn from? 
  14. There's always a possibility that we could be wrong. How do we live with this uncertainty and tension?

Why now? 

I've been researching and pondering this subject for many months now, but I've had a sudden surge of inspiration over the past few weeks. I recently read the book Flatland by Edwin Abbott, and it gave me a wonderful framework from which to explain and discuss the subject of Orthodoxy and Heresy. 

Here's a quote from the main character of the book that really resonated with me:

"I exist in the hope that these memoirs, in some manner, I know not how, may find their ways to the minds of humanity in Some Dimension, and may stir up a race of rebels who shall refuse to be confined to the limited Dimensionality."

That's all I have to share for today. Over the coming weeks I'll keep posting about my writing process as I go along with some snippets of things I've discovered.