About Kenneth Randolph Taylor   20 comments

Self August 2009

Photograph by Bonny Thomas

May she rest in peace.

General Information About Me:

  1. Active member, Calvary Episcopal Church, Americus, Georgia (as of October 2021)
  2. Unapologetic product of the Enlightenment and the Northern Renaissance (more of the latter than the former)
  3. Unapologetic intellectual
  4. Avid reader and book collector
  5. Cinephile
  6. Science fiction geek (especially classic and DS9 Star Trek)
  7. Amateur liturgist
  8. Reader in the intersection of race, religion, and politics, especially in the Southern United States
  9. I contain the juxtaposition of the serious and the humorous, the profound and the whimsical.

My Religious Identity:

  1. Within the Bible Belt I am a self-identified heretic, insofar as “heresy” means “choice” about what to believe.  (Galileo Galilei was heretic for stating that the Earth revolves around the Sun.  Yet he was correct.  It seems that his accusers, the guardians of orthodoxy, were the actual heretics.  So, the practical definition of heresy varies according to time and place.)
  2. I am more of an empiricist than a mystic.
  3. I am Neo-orthodox insofar as I recognize the power of sin to corrupt human moral judgment, and the need for God alone to show us our sinfulness, work righteousness (beyond civic righteousness), and to usher in the Kingdom of God.  Also, I mean Jesus when I say “Word of God.”  (Neo-orthodoxy is a very broad term.)
  4. I am a liberal Christian, by which I mean that I have far more questions than answers.  Furthermore, I am comfortable with this reality.
  5. I am an Anglican, not a Protestant.  I believe in seven sacraments, transubstantiation, and the Apostolic Succession of Bishops.  I say the Hail Mary, too.  Yet I am far too Protestant to be a Roman Catholic.  So I am an Anglican in the broad sense of that word, not the exclusionary way in which some traditionalists use it.  I am an inclusive Anglican.
  6. I believe most of the contents of the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed.  Parts of both creeds are optional.
  7. My Protestant-Roman Catholic balance has shifted over the years, as it is certain to do again in the future.  Since 2008 I have tilted more toward Reformed and Lutheran theology than I did previously.  I have moved into the Anglican-Lutheran-Roman Catholic corner of Christianity.
  8. Sometimes I feel like a cafeteria Christian.  “I’ll take those elements of Roman Catholicism, place them beside parts of Lutheranism, add a few dashes of Calvinism, and retain much of the Arminianism of my youth.”  No human tradition has a monopoly on truth.
  9. Credo in unum Deum.  I trust in one God, the incarnation of whom is Jesus of Nazareth, the fully human and fully divine crucified and resurrected Savior through whom human beings have atonement.

My Degrees:

  1. High School Diploma, Berrien High School, Nashville, Georgia (1991)
  2. Associate of Science in Education, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton, Georgia (1993)
  3. Bachelor of Science in Education, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia (1996)
  4. Master of Arts, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia (2003)

Further Education:

  1. Doctoral student in history, The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia (August 2005-December 2006)
  2. Many books and documentaries over the years

My Life Goals:

  1. To employ my talents and abilities to help others as much as possible
  2. To leave my corner of creation better than I found it
  3. To live into my vocation(s) from God
  4. Above all, to be useful, not wasting time in trivial pursuits

Some Favorite Quotes:

  1. “Superstition is cowardice in face of the divine.”–Theophrastus
  2. “I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”–Galileo Galilei
  3. “It is surely harmful to souls to make it a heresy to believe what is proved.”–Galileo Galilei
  4. “It vexes me when they would constrain science by the authority of the Scriptures, and yet do not consider themselves bound to answer reason and experiment.”–Galileo Galilei
  5. “The Bible shows the way to go to heaven, not the way the heavens go.”–Galileo Galilei
  6. “Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.”–Voltaire
  7. “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”–Voltaire
  8. “If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.”–Voltaire
  9. “Injustice in the end produces independence.”–Voltaire
  10. “Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.”–Voltaire
  11. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”–First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States
  12. “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor to deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”–Paragraph 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States
  13. “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”–Samuel Johnson
  14. A summary of the Torah:  “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor.  This is the entire Torah; the rest is commentary–go and learn it.”–Rabbi Hillel
  15. “Equality in baptism and in ordained ministry, regardless of sex or gender, should be a given, not be a matter of debate. Human equality flows from the image of God.”–Kenneth Randolph Taylor, February 17, 2010 Common Era
  16. “The Episcopal Church welcomes you–the Anglican Communion, not so much.”–Anonymous
  17. “Reason before passion”–Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1967-1979, 1980-1984)
  18. “The greatest blessing of my aging has been the realization of how few certainties there are and how few of them I know.”–Kenneth Randolph Taylor, June 28, 2010

Posted July 27, 2009 by neatnik2009

20 responses to “About Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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  1. As your father I know all these things about you.I know the gentleman you are; I know the scholar you are. I know the man you are; and I know the man of faith you are.

  2. hello,
    I stumbled upon your website while searching for images of open church doors. I love the simplicity of the photo you used on your blog. It invokes a feeling of forgiveness and safety within the church which is what I was looking for. I am also interested in the name of the artist and its availability on the public domain.

    It appears the photos you select to put on your blog gain as much attention as the blog itself. This is a good thing as people will usually look at the photos before deciding to read text.

    Thank you so much for your assistance and may God continue to bless you.

  3. Ken;
    Thanks for sharing your comments and website. I hope you continue to follow your passions. It is the achievement of those goals that feeds your soul on earth. Keep up the good work. Your readings of Old Testament seem to come from the heart.
    Don Miller

  4. Hi Kenneth,
    I was in Naples last saturday and I visited Giuseppe Moscati’s tumb with some friends. I find your description of his life short but truly effective and I linked your post in my blog, thank you
    Lucia from Italy

  5. I agree I hope you continue with your passion! I have enjoyed getting emails everyday on your posts. You present your thoughts and the Lord very well. Nicely done! I will be here everyday reading! Thank you for your site! :)

    In Christ,

  6. What is your basis for including Blaise Pascal a saint? I find no record of his canonization, although I LOVE the idea. Can you please cite me your source because I am very excited about this……..Thanks, Maggie

    • This is an excellent question, for which I have an intelligent answer.
      Being an Episcopalian, I belong to a denomination that added Anne Hutchinson and Roger Williams to its calendar of saints two years ago. And the Episcopal calendar of saints includes both Martin Luther and Ignatius Loyola. History, not a count of miracles, makes a saint in the Anglican tradition. So I began to draw from a set of saints calendars (Catholic, Orthodox, varieties of Lutheran, varieties of Anglican/Episcopalian) when I began the Ecumenical Calendar of Saints. I still do. Then I began to add my own, not relying on the recommendations of ecclesiastical authorities. A dear friend told me (correctly) that this reflects a very Protestant attitude. I am quite Protestant in many ways.
      So, in reply to your query, that is my basis for including Blaise Pascal and many others (including most former Episcopal Bishops of Atlanta) to the Calendar. There are many saints of God in the Church Triumphant, and ecclesiastical authorities have not recognized nearly all of them.

  7. An interesting blog – I love the favorite quotes! Thanks for sharing what you have learned and experienced.

  8. I came across your blog whilst researching a passage for a book about a journey that I made from Cork to St Kilda (Outer Hebrides of Scotland). It is a most helpful compendium of information. I have a specific question about St. Laserian of Leighlin (or Molio as we know him in Scotland) which I hope you don’t mind my asking. As a boy I was shown Molio’s cave – more of a rock shelter really – on Holy Isle and it made a deep impression. When you mention that St. Murin served as a spiritual mentor to Laserian, do you have any clue as to whether this mentoring took place in Ireland or might it perhaps have been on Iona? If Murin wrote a biography of St. Columba then that might suggest he visited Iona. I am trying to get a picture of Molio’s world as a young man. As you will know, he was part of an extremely powerful family in Scotland through his mother and I gather his grandfather was ordained as king (King Aedan mac Gabrain) by St. Columba in 574 AD. I am looking for clues that Molio may have spent time on Iona. Thanks and best wishes, Martyn

  9. While researching Olavus and Laurentius Petri I came across your site. Olof Persson (aka Master Olof – by August Strindberg) is my Great Grandfather 11x removed. I also discovered Laurentius Petri married Elisabeth Didriksdotter’s mother was Brigitta Kristernsdotter Vasa.(a cousin of Gustav I) – perhaps that explains why Gustav had a close relationship to Laurentius. Regards, Sheila

    Sheila Hoyt-Aldrich
  10. So many great quotes here. Appreciate your perspective on all these things, and looking forward to reading more of your blog!
    – fellow Christian with more questions than answers

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