Bill Etem. Ex-Math teacher, ex-office worker, ex-lot of stuff. Protestant ex-Football Coach at Notre Dame - at the High School of that name in Los Angeles, not the University in South Bend, IN, not a head coach at Notre Dame either, just an assistant. B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota. I'm living in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area. Before Minneapolis I was in Mexico for 20 months. Before that I was in L.A. for three years. I've traveled all round France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Austria, Switzerland... Canada...most of the 50 states in of the USA. As for living for 20 months in Mexico it was mostly in Oaxaca.
`I threw `Warrior Girls' together in three weeks in January of 2014, with a few later edits. I'll have to get a professional cover for it sometime, though i'm not quite sure it is finished.
`Amanda's War', which took me years to write, is not a preachy novel though I suppose there's a connection between it and my non-fiction via I Samuel 15. 23 `rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft' because `Amanda's War' deals with the theme of witchcraft, and `Constitutional History of the Western World' deals with religion and rebellion.
There are other connections between my fiction and my non-fiction besides this witchcraft / rebellion angle. In `Amanda's War' we are introduced to a character named Haakon Sovant. That's a nom de guerre: he's pretending to be someone that he's not for purposes useful in espionage and in his work as a body guard. Body guards are needed to protect a rich guy from some gangsters. The rich guy is receiving their extortion letters. Extortion letters are somewhat like religious books. The Koran has Allah threatening non-Muslims and insincere Muslims with hellfire if they don't convert and become good sincere Muslims. The New Testament is a document which is filled with terrifying threats. Note for example the threats of hellfire being made in Matthew 5. 22, Matthew 7. 13-14, Matthew 25. 31-46, Luke 16. 19-31, John 15. 6, Galatians 1. 8, 2 Thess 1. 7-9, Revelation 20. 12-15 etc. I'm a Christian and I'm not complaining about the threats. I'm just saying they are threats and people should be aware that they exist and they are threatening. Of course this is Very Old News to most people.
The theme of people changing after traumatic incidents was the theme of Robert Altman's `3 Women', starring Sissy Spacek and Shelly Duval - I forget who played the 3rd woman. In the Microcosm, in `Amanda's War', where a character named Haakon Sovant changes after a traumatic incident, readers are left to wonder if he changes because of benevolent forces or because of malevolent forces. Sovant's case history is symbolic of something greater, something which pertains to billions of people. In the Macrocosm, the Christian scriptures tell us about a great tribulation - see for instance Daniel 12. 1, 2 Thess 2 and the Book of Revelation - and during this great tribulation, presumably, billions of people each suffer a `traumatic incident' - and then they will change - rather as Sissy Spacek's character in `3 Women' changed, rather as Haakon Sovant in `Amanda's War' changed, after their traumatic incidents. Whenever someone changes it's natural to wonder if they are changing in a good way or in a bad way.
The 420,000 word `Constitutional History of the Western World' requires an abridgment, or several. There's `Some Practice in Recognizing Satanic Cults'. Then there's `Protestantism' and `The Archangel Michael vs. The Antichrist'. I've published a second draft of `Introduction to Dumb-Ass Theory'. The first draft was not so great. There's its companion piece, `Introduction to Genius Theory'. Chapter 1 alone of `Constitutional History of the Western World' takes a great deal of stamina to read in its entirety - and I suppose many readers would find it beyond their endurance - but I think some of my later chapters, such as Chapter 3, which deals with the evidence for Christianity, and even the enormous Chapter 6 which deals with the USA are easy reading, assuming of course the reader has an interest in either the USA or the evidence for Christianity. Several publishers have assured me my non-fiction is only of interest to theologians - it is not mass-market material. The late medievalist Norm Cantor was eccentric enough to announce that `simple creeds carry no weight with educated people'. Atheism is a simple creed. So is Agnosticism. Christianity is supposed to be a simple creed because it is supposed to be concise enough to be inscribed on a human heart - recall Jeremiah 31. 31-34. It takes lots of time and energy to explain the various versions of Christianity - there's the version which says the God is the sort of God who says you do evil if you renounce the Church of Rome, and then there's the version which says God is the sort of God who says you do evil if you ever renounce the Church of England etc., etc. 2 Thess 1. 8 tells of hellfire for those who don't know God and who don't obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Well there's some ambiguity here because the Gospel according to Roman Catholics is different than the Gospel according to the Eastern Orthodox, and both of these are different than the Gospel according to the Baptists etc. Rome says you don't know God if you don't know God favors the Roman Catholic
Church. The Eastern Orthodox say you don't know God if you say God is not an Eastern Orthodox God etc., etc. So all of this ambiguity will have to be sorted out. I suppose 2 Thess 1. 8 is a big turn off to lots of people. It's not much different than John 15. 6, Luke 13. 3-5 etc. It takes some time and energy to understand the main sects which divide Christianity - and we probably ought to first understand a sect before we presume to pass judgment on it - all of this implies my religious books are not mass-market material, because, as you might suspect, the public lacks the time and the energy to study these subjects. When a sports writer wants to enliven his prose he can say a certain football coach is a moron, or when a fan on the Toronto Maple Leafs message board wants to emphasize a point he might say a player is a POS etc., etc., but when you're a Christian you can't enliven your prose by resorting to crude anti-Christian rhetoric, and yet how else can you make polemics readable other than by calling people who can't understand reality names such as half-wits, brainless fools, gutless cowards etc.,etc. There was this film critic named John Simon, I suppose he's dead now, but he used to savage actors and actresses and film directors with his pen. He was very readable and very shrewd, but you wouldn't say he was either a nice guy or a good Christian. I'm at a loss as to how to enliven my religious books. I'll just put them aside and work on a sequal to `Warrior Girls' called `Single Moms'.
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