Hello, My name is Nicholas, you can call me Nick if you want though.
I am currently in hopes of becoming Orthodox in the near future though I know I am a long way off. A few details about my personal life...I'm 20 years old, was raised in a Protestant household with a father who is a Pentecostal pastor. I began to really examine my life and try to find out my world views since I've been 16. As far as my spiritual journey, I've read G.K. Chesterton, Thomas Aquinas, John Wesley, Saint Augustine of Hippo, and then discovered the Eastern Orthodox Church automatically had a feeling that it was the Church founded by Christ, so I started reading a lot of the Early Christian mystics/theologians to get a better grasp of the Church while attending a Methodist Church for about a year, then I decided to start visiting Orthodox Churches. Politically I've been all over the place. I started out as a Social Conservative/Economic Progressive, then became a Distributist, then became a Traditionalist Conservative, and now I am a Libertarian after really taking Saint John Chrysostom's quote of "Christians above all men are forbidden to correct the stumblings of sinners by force ... it is necessary to make a man better not by force but by persuasion." to heart. As it comes to philosophy, I've read a lot of thinkers, mostly focusing on those who have been the fuses for the post-modern era all the way up to the big players of today in philosophy, but I have a pretty spread out knowledge. Just off the top of my head I've read Plato, Aristotle, the Early Church Fathers (if you want to call them philosophers, I don't really do so though), Thomas Aquinas, the major Reformation Thinkers, John Locke, Adam Smith, The American Founding Fathers, Soren Kierkgaard, Karl Marx, Fyodor Doestoyvesky, Friedrich Nietzsche, G.K. Chesterton, Sigmund Freud, Antonio Gramsci, Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, B.F. Skinner, Pope John Paul II, Jacques Derrida, and Albert Bandura. I think something I'll really be focusing threads I make are how different things may have something worthwhile to say and how other stuff within their beliefs are not useful. Mostly due to the fact that I have a lot of Western philosophy still attached to me so I need to find out many aspects which I should drop in order to get a clearer picture of Orthodox Christianity. I am currently majoring in Clinical Psychology and I am considering majoring in Eastern Christian Studies or Religious Studies as well if I can find a good dual major program that offers both. Anyways, that might be a bit too much for an introduction, so for that.
Please pray for me in my journey to Orthodoxy. In Christ, Nicholas