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Eric Hagelin

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Chris pinned up a poll at a Christian forum that I used to contribute at, and still visit every once and a while. I figured his intent was to attract a theist to this website/forum (because his poll seemed rather silly), so here I am.Interesting (and nicely done) forum you have here.Brief bio: I am a Christian, age 37, and I reside in Seattle, Washington, with my wonderful wife of 12 years and my 5 fantastic kids.In terms of Christian writers, my interests center mostly around around the mystics (St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, etc.); I also enjoy many secular writers (particularly classic literature) and also the socio-politcal analyses of writers like Ayn Rand, Allan Bloom, Robert L. Kocher, and so on.I don't really have much focused interest in evolution, biology, science, etc., so I doubt I will be able to contribute much to this forum. (And also the fact that I have relatively little time to devote to internet forums.)Well, that briefly covers my faith, my family, and my reading interests. Other than that, my main interest is in the Washington State competitive racquetball tournament circuit, which I play and train for with near-Falwell-like zeal. That about sums me up. "...I beg of You to take away my freedom to displease You..." ~ St. Therese of Lisieux ~
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EricYou pegged me right Eric. The goal was to fuel some theists to join in on the discussions here at BookTalk. We welcome every perspective and could use a few more representatives from the theistic camp. Thank you for joining and I hope to see you around on the boards and in the chat room. Chris
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Thanks for the welcome, Chris. I will indeed join the "theistic camp".To be perfectly honest, after reading around the forum a little yesterday and this morning, I don't know how valuable my presence/posts would be. Not only is my worldview radically different than many of the contributors here, but the discussions are a little... highbrow for me - and so I end up losing interest. I don't mean that in any derogatory way- it's a reflection of my own intellectual shortcomings and attention span, not a poor reflection on the forum or the topic matter. But I'll hang around for a while, and chime in if I feel like I have anything worthwhile to offer. "...I beg of You to take away my freedom to displease You..." ~ St. Therese of Lisieux ~
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How am I doing, Chris?I've taken a stand for faith, I've cast a vote for being a gun-owner, I've stated that homosexuality is sexual deviancy, and I'm just dying to begin illustrating Mr. Pessimistic's cerebral deficiencies and insult his worldview mercilessly.Should I continue?Boy, I sure hope ol' Mr. P has a good sense of humor too! "...I beg of You to take away my freedom to displease You..." ~ St. Therese of Lisieux ~
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Okay, that's it for me, Chris! I've had some fun, expressed my view, and all that; but really, my presence isn't serving much purpose here, and no one is going to miss me too much when I'm gone, I think!Good luck with your forum, and thanks for having me.Kind regards to all (even you, Dissident Heart),Eric Hagelin "...I beg of You to take away my freedom to displease You..." ~ St. Therese of Lisieux ~
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Beg to differ...we miss everyone when they are gone.Mr. P. The one thing of which I am positive is that there is much of which to be negative - Mr. P.I came to get down, I came to get down. So get out ya seat and jump around - House of PainHEY! Is that a ball in your court? - Mr. PI came to kick ass and chew Bubble Gum...and I am all out of Bubble Gum - They Live, Roddy Piper
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Bye Eric. For whats its worth, I thought you made a valuable contribution during your time here. Let us agree, there is no one single reality. Not upon this stage, not in this world, all is in the mind... imagination is the only truth. Because it cannot be contradicted except by other imaginations - Richard MathesonThere are no conclusive indications by which waking life can be distinguished from sleep - Rene Descartes
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That was quick. But at least he actually contributed some excellent posts. Chris
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Thanks, everybody. I'll hang around through tomorrow, anyway. I have a little extra time, and there are some good comments I would like to respond to from Tim Nonzero and MadArchitect. "...I beg of You to take away my freedom to displease You..." ~ St. Therese of Lisieux ~
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Okay, today is my last day here, and it looks as though I will not have any further time, other than just to say some thank you's.My employer has been "replaced" with a new firm - well, not totally; it's a joint venture - and we are all getting new computers [yay] and are having to save all important data on our individual drives so that we can, with the new company [which operates an a sophisticated intranet] transition smoothly. In addition, they have a strict "no web-surfing" policy... which, though understandable, is kind of a bummer... since I do all my web-surfing and forum-participating from work. I rarely get on the net at home, other than to check my e-mail, and flex the e-commerce laissez-faire capitalistic muscle. My home life generally is too full for any internet play.*************So.....Thank you, Dissident Heart, for putting up with my insults and abrupt manner. It takes a special type of leftist-drivel-spewing ignorant coward to do so, and it is much appreciated. "Keep the faith", as Tavis Smiley likes to say.Thank you, MadArchitect, for exercising the grey matter (both yours and mine).Interbane and Tim Nonzero, good "dialogue-ing" with you, short as it was.Naill001, thanks for your contributions and level-headed, interesting posts.Tiarella, hope your day is bright.jjacobs43, try not to let the world's perceptions about Christians cloud your view or create hostility in your heart. Be a "just judge" of people, reagrdless of their stance. This will put you head and shoulders above the ACLU, by the way. Enjoyed the discussion. Thanks.Mr. Pessimistic, I remember reading somewhere that you like to smoke pot whenever someone offers it to you. Careful, that stuff'll turn your brain to mush. But then, your brain already... oh, never mind!Chris, again, good forum. Thanks for having me.*********I sincerely hope that all of your various inquiries lead you, not away, but to the One who truly satisfies.I have to go - and say another goodbye to a private forum of about a dozen people who I have grown quite fond of over the past year or so. Kinda bummed about that. But they all have my e-mail, so it's really not a big deal. And if any of you would like to stay in contact too, I'm at [email protected] regards,Eric Hagelin "...I beg of You to take away my freedom to displease You..." ~ St. Therese of Lisieux ~Edited by: Eric Hagelin at: 11/24/04 11:55 am
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