While I was raised in a 100% secular manner, I did attend private Jewish school and had my Bar Mitzvah in Israel (only secular Jews may be able to understand this oddity). I was also involved in the New Age Movement and was a practitioner of Reiki, Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Kung and the I'Ching.
About True Freethinker
The True Freethinker website consists of a combination of a few different blogs that I was authoring; the main ones were the Christian Apologetics blog Life and Doctrine and the contra atheism blog Atheism is Dead. The concept of freethinking is deeply rooted in the Bible itself as in the Bible, we find firm belief, we find doubt, we find skepticism, we find rebellion, we find every facet of human reactions towards, and against, the divine. Some people label themselves "skeptic" when they really mean "cynic."
I, for one, became a true and honest skeptic upon finding out that the Teeth Mice, Argentina's equivalent of the Tooth Fairy, were not real; my parents had told me a quaint story about them leaving money for my teeth. At a very young age I found out that they were not real and that my parents, with good motives, had deceived me and I became furious. How pleased I was to find, decades later, that the Bible enjoins true and honest skepticism:
"'Come now, let us reason together,' says the LORD" (Isaiah 1:18), in the New Testament the Bereans are considered more noble (or more "fair minded") for double checking everything that Paul told them (Acts 17:11), Thomas asked for the evidence which the others had seen and had merely retold to him (John 20:24-30), Jesus stated, "Love the Lord your God with all your...mind. This is the first and greatest commandment" (Matthew 22:36-38).
We are clearly called to discern, test, and judge, prophets, spirits and all things:
“Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge” (1st Corinthians 14:29).
One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is “discerning of spirits” (1st Corinthians 12:10).
“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1st John 4:1).
“Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil” (1st Thessalonians 5:19-22).
"you must inquire, probe and investigate it thoroughly" (Deuteronomy 13:14).
Etc., etc., etc.
Much of what passes for "Freethought" and "Freethinking" today is, in reality, atheism wearing a very thin disguise. The first section of the parsed essay Freethought Without Forethought? serves as evidence of this. In that case, it is clear that what is meant by Freethought is adhering to absolute materialism.
If a Judeo-Christian cannot be a freethinker then freethought is not freethought but demands adherences to certain restrictive parameters. Yet, since the Judeo-Christian can think beyond, for example, materialistic parameters we can be true freethinkers.
Atheists who have commandeered the term Freethought complain that Christians cannot be Freethinkers because they adhere to the Christian worldview. Yet, they commit the same alleged fallacy by adhering to atheism in disguise (or openly). Certainly, there are true and honest Freethinkers on both, and many other, sides of the issue. It is to these that this website is dedicated.
In actual modern Europe a freethinker
does not mean a man who thinks for himself.
It means a man who, having thought for himself,
has come to one particular class of conclusions,
the material origin of phenomena, the impossibility of
miracles, the improbability of personal immortality and so on.
—Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
I have lectured on various issues including Rabbinic Judaism’s Objections to Christianity, The Baha'i Faith (is their founder truly the second coming of Christ?), Atheism, New Atheists, Christmas, Roman Catholicism (Purgatory, Eucharist, Marian doctrines), etc.
I am available to lecture on these and many other issues. Feel free to contact me through the contact page if you wish to have me present one or more lectures. As you can see from the contents of True Freethinker I have researched a great variety of religions and worldviews so feel free to recommend a topic and set up a lecture (or series of lectures).