Publications

Forthcoming:

Philosophy of Qohelet: A Critical Analysis of Existentialism (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2021)

This work centers on the philosophy of Qohelet—author of the book of Ecclesiastes. It analyses existential philosophy and the impact on the human condition. The intended purpose was to disclose the inefficiencies in secular existentialism and argue that without an eternal source which is used as an objectifiable reference point, society and civilizations become susceptible to a miserable existence—even failure.    

Early Christianity and Historical Methods: Repudiating the Contemporary Approach (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2021)

This book is designed to introduce the foundation of early Christian theology and advocate for a distinction between history and theology. It will be especially alluring for those interested in understanding some of the most influential developments of early Christianity that morphed into components of the Christian doctrine. Emphasis is placed on historical methods and why it’s important to distinguish theology from history. The most controversial piece is in the last chapter, evidence is introduced by primary sources that question the current dating of one of the Synoptic Gospels. It begins with an ancient letter from a source responsible for the advancement of Christianity—originally known as Saul of Tarsus. Although, perhaps better known as St. Paul—chief of the apostles. A critical examination of specific passages in the letter to the Philippians reveal the primary Christological issue that became controversial for the early church fathers. An exegetical analysis provides the reader with an unintentional emergence of systematic theology by the author (Paul) pertaining to the nature of Christ and his position in the Godhead. The first chapter regarding this issue is primarily for those with advanced knowledge of the Greek language. However, an English translation is provided for all Greek passages. Nevertheless, for those concerned, who are unfamiliar with Greek, forgoing the first chapter will in no way impair the reader’s ability to comprehend and follow the narrative. The exegetical analysis of Paul’s letter to the Philippians concludes with a theological application, priming chapters two-four, which are devoted to ancient Christian developments that profoundly affected Christian theology i.e., the formation of the canon, apostolic succession, and inerrancy of Scripture.

The canon’s development was a critical source integrated with the history of the ancient Church. Likewise, the development of apostolic succession was important, it assisted the church with their struggle against heresies. A short historiography of the inerrancy of Scripture is introduced because equally important as the establishment of the canon and apostolic succession was the reliability of Scripture.

Understanding specific developments of church history is an important aspect to the study of historical theology. Historical theology evaluates historical events and situations where various theological ideas were developed and formulated. However, it is important to distinguish between the disciplines—history, theology, and the study of historical theology. The last chapter addresses apologetic issues pertaining to supernatural claims made in the past that are connected to theology.

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Philosophy of War: A Brief Analysis on Principles and Justifications

The focus of this book centers on the importance and continued relevance of proven concepts regarding war and societies, provided by minds with advanced foresight into the subject. Prominent generals from the past and present have studied these theories and military institutions all over the world continue to practice their strategies. During the initial phase of the nuclear age many strategists believed these theories were no longer relevant. However, they soon realized through proxy wars during the Cold War that nuclear weapons were a tool for advancement rather than a strategy for war. This contribution is unique because it articulates and analyzes how these theories apply to a variety of scenarios (conflicts) across the historical spectrum. It contains no embellishments as accounts were extracted from primary sources supplemented with historiographical literature by sources that have published extensively on the subject. It will be especially alluring for those interested in military thought rather than someone interested in a simple account of events unfolding in a certain war.