My name is Nathaniel Masters. I’m a recent college graduate having received a Bachelor’s of Science in Ministry of Leadership from a small, private Christian college (very unique right?). Some of my favorite topics to discuss are theology and politics but I’m quite fond of discussing the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. This isn’t to mention my enjoyment of Harry Potter, video games (mostly Nintendo), and Star Wars. Just remember that Han shot first, the prequel trilogy is the best trilogy, and those sequels belong somewhere in the trash compactor with the tentacle monster! Okay, maybe I’m being a bit tongue in cheek in that last statement.
My goal in writing these blogs is to share what’s on my mind and hopefully challenge my readers to see contemporary Christianity through a historical and theological lens. While I’m not trained beyond the undergraduate level, my goal is to continuously learn more in the pursuit of truth. With that in mind, I hope I’m able to speak to the common man in my writings. Additionally, I am hopeful I will be able to host guest writers who may be able to bring a more academic scope to my work here. I have big plans to expand after all, but only if I believe I have something to offer to my readers. In addition, I’m always open to discussing pop culture from a Christian perspective.
Now that’s enough about me! I’m certain you’re wondering why I chose the name Athanasian Forum. The first half of the name comes from the great Saint Athanasius of Alexandria. He was the bishop of Alexandria, Egypt from around 328 AD to his death in 373 AD. He was known as an ardent supporter of the orthodox faith against the Arian heretics being exiled on numerous occasions. I chose Athanasius precisely because of his stalwart defense of the apostolic faith.
The second half of the name is the word forum. A forum was a marketplace in ancient Roman cities, but today the word commonly refers to a place of public discourse. In our current age, the internet is our public place of discourse. I chose this term with the hope that this site would become a forum to discuss historic, orthodox Christianity. My goal is to build a forum for various writers discuss historic, orthodox Christianity in an effort to ground ourselves in the apostolic faith. But just what is the historic, orthodox Christianity? For the purposes of this forum, I define this as issues deriving from the first millennium of Christianity. Practically, this includes anything before the Great Schism of 1054 within the bounds of the Nicene Creed and the Chalcedonian Definition.
While my vision seems grand, I plan to start small. I hope that for the time being you’ll accept the ramblings of a young man seeking for the true faith – that of the Apostles as mentioned in the Bible. And I hope that together, we’ll build a stronger reliance upon Jesus Christ our Lord.