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Since blogs are often expressions of personal opinion, many people like to have a more general idea about the person who is writing, a sort of indication of where they are coming from. So here, for those who want to know, is a guide to my general point of view as a writer (thanks, Kierkegaard!)

First, I’m an Orthodox Christian, and that, I hope, influences my worldview and point of view as a writer.

Second, I’m a liberal.

But that needs to be qualified. I’m a political liberal, not an economic or theological liberal.

PolViewI believe that theological liberalism leads to political conservatism and vice versa. As G.K. Chesterton once put it, one should always be changing the world to fit the vision, not always changing one’s vision to fit the world . Theological liberals never change the world, because they will always change their theology to find one more fashionable. So they are forever creating a theology of this and a theology of that and a theology of something else.

And not being an economic liberal means I have little sympathy with the economic views of neoliberals and American libertarians. I have quite a lot of sympathy with the views of Anarcho-Syndicalists, though they would probably not acknowledge me as one of their own.

I used to be Anglican, and was sometimes asked about my Churchmanship. That sort of thing is important to Anglicans, or used to be when I was one. If anyone is wondering, it is Revolutionary Orthodox (which is an entirely different thing from an orthodox revolutionary). Google “Death to the World”, “Youth of the Apocalypse” and “the last true rebellion” if you want to learn more.

I am pro-life.

Which means that I am

  • anti-abortion
  • anti-capital punishment
  • anti-war

It you want to know about where I stand politically in more graphic detail, see Taking your political temperature | Notes from underground.

In terms of Samuel Huntington’s Clash of civilizations I’m a walking clash all by myself, with the fault lines running right through me, because I am

  • African by birth
  • Western by education
  • Orthodox by second birth (birth from above)

And I’m INTP.

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INTPs are relatively easy-going and amenable to most anything until their principles are violated, about which they may become outspoken and inflexible. They prefer to return, however, to a reserved albeit benign ambiance, not wishing to make spectacles of themselves.”

Yeah, that figures.

Ready to make your stereotype/cliche yet?

Oh yes, stereotypes/cliches are images based on outmoded technology (hot-metal typesetting, in case you didn’t know). That should indicate to you that I’m also a curmudgeonly old fart who can still remember such things, doesn’t have an iPod, and doesn;t know what a Wii is, and can’t understand why Paris Hilton is more popular than Tshwane Sheraton.

If you need to know more, here are eight things about me that not everyone knows, or you could  try the following web page, and follow the links: Steve Hayes – personal links and contact information

  1. The Imugi permalink
    15 June 2007 5:35 am

    Well, hey. I’m an INTP as well! 🙂

  2. 10 July 2007 3:11 pm

    Ah, someone similar!!, ex-Prot Orthodox, with strong Anarcho-syndicalist leanings (I have been connected with them here in Australia for 30 years), and definitely not pro-Bush! And an INTP as well.
    To pass on some lessons as an incarnational church-planter (Prot history) I’ve just started
    I’ll be back 🙂

  3. 10 July 2007 10:09 pm

    Peace Steve,

    I know little of such things as INTP, and less of Orthodox Christianity. But, I enjoy learning and the cure for ignorance is to ask questions. So, here I am.

    Insha Allah, I’ll be stopping by again.


    Abdur Rahman

  4. 13 July 2007 11:53 pm

    heh heh!

    a fellow thinker… glad to make your acquintance!

  5. Daniel permalink
    5 September 2007 8:27 am

    Hey Steve, what a refreshing and pleasant read. glad to have made your acquaintance on my blog. Even though we don’t seem to be cut from exactly the same cloth I too am an ex Anglican (or more exactly the church of the Province of SA for the politically correct). I too am an INTP…what is with these guys!

    I have a mini IPOD (used for gym escapism) and that is about it. I am a Pastor so it would indicate that I love Jesus and am a bussionary. I use business skills in a missionary context.

    I will be checking in more regularly now:)

  6. 22 September 2007 12:41 pm

    Interesting and very dense blog. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  7. Bertus! permalink
    13 December 2007 12:44 pm

    “I believe that theological liberalism leads to political conservatism and vice versa.”

    This is quite an interesting observation. Try as I might I can’t think of any instances where this has happened. The Dutch Reformed Church certainly did not base their support for apartheid on any form of theological liberalism. The sexist pope is certainly not a liberal theologian. The homophobia that rules the Anglican churches of Nigeria and Uganda is definitely not a product of their liberal exegesis. Actually I know many liberal theologians and I can’t think of a single social conservative among them. The social conservatives I know all are quite conservative in their approach to the Bible as well.

  8. parallelsidewalk permalink
    24 December 2007 11:28 am

    Steve, very interesting. I think DttW is very profoundly meaningful though as a convert to Islam (also from a punk background, as they were) I can’t whole heartedly follow along with some of the conclusions they came to. I have several Orthodox links on my blog though, with your permission I’ll add yours. Reading about figures like Priest-Monk Nestor was really intriguing to me though as we seem to share a simple spiritual disposition and interest in martial arts depite our differing theologies. I also am in agreement with your basic approach; I am very conservative and orthodox theologically (again, within Islam) but my politics are mostly to the left. I will certainly be stopping by again.

  9. angryafrican permalink
    15 February 2008 5:46 pm

    Thanks for the comments. I read your blog and it seems as if we might be more similar than I thought. Expressed in different ways. But I am also similar in my believes. I like the way you think and the way you express this.

    I WILL be making a link to my blogroll at Things to calm me down. Tried to email you but it bounced back. Hope you get this comment.

    Angry African

  10. 5 March 2008 10:43 pm

    I enjoyed this page. I found it through an incoming link on our Desert Calling blog which you recently posted about. We were definitely happy to have seen that you noticed.

    Please continue to drop by, and you’re more than welcome at the message board if you want to share some thoughts.

    May the Lord bless you and keep you.

  11. 16 March 2008 9:23 pm

    Hi, Steve. Met you through my blog . Glad to make your acquaintence. I’m an INFP with occasional E, T, and J tendencies. I’ll be popping back around soon!



  12. 4 April 2008 7:46 am

    I’m INTP too and walk a cruciform (I hope and pray) path between Anglicanism and Orthodoxy. Though I would call myself a “paleocon,” using contemporary lingo, your self description has me thinking that, just maybe, I am a “liberal” after all!

  13. 4 May 2008 9:56 am

    Drop by my blog and see what you think.

  14. worldwar1letters permalink
    7 June 2008 4:29 am

    Very interesting & intersects with my own life as an Orthodox convert. Very true what you say about conservative theology yielding liberal political thought.

  15. 6 October 2008 6:22 pm

    I knew Steve as a pre-teen/early teen when he was an Anglican priest and when he was banned which was a shocking culture shock in the midst of our quiet old-regime suburban life in Durban North. Maybe that sowed a seed which has led to my current calling as a volunteer in the African Christian Democratic Party where I serve as National Chairman. Trying to truly serve the needs of society by putting capable men and women of integrity into government!

  16. barryhuffman permalink
    29 December 2008 4:51 pm

    I like your definition of pro-life, but I would add anti-poverty.

    Not necessarily fiscal poverty, though that is definitely apart of it, but poverty that leads to a desperation; that leads to a low value of life; that leads to …

    Any way, just came across your blog and will be following it – as a post-charismatic and becoming post-evangelical, I may be headed for a more Orthodox position.

  17. 5 February 2009 8:14 pm

    I enjoyed reading your site and please visit our Church web site as we plan on building our new Church this year.

    +Glory to Jesus Christ !
    +His Glory be forever !

  18. 24 March 2009 8:18 pm

    Thanks for stopping by again. You might check out your new neighbor:

    Its a couple from the states who are missionaries in South Africa. So they are both Afrigators I guess.

    Hope your 2009 is going well!

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