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. 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.
The interminable 420,000 word `Constitutional History of the Western World' requires an abridgment, or several abridgments. `The True Church, 9.11.2001 and Israel, 2 Thess 2 and the Falling Away etc.' is the most recent of these paraphrases. I published some rough early drafts of this and am spending August of 2014 trying to get a presentable draft online. Then there's `Protestantism' and `The Archangel Michael vs. The Antichrist'. There's `Introduction to Dumb-Ass Theory'. There's its companion piece, `Introduction to Genius Theory'. I haven't reread any of these for some time. If I read them again I suppose I'd want to make some edits. It seems like all I do is revise and revise and revise. Anyway `The True Church etc.' is my most recent attempt at non-fiction. The intention with these books is to makes things easy for readers. 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.
`I threw `Warrior Girls' together in three weeks in January of 2014, with a few later edits. `Warrior Girls' is a little preachy. 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. 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 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 Hakoon 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.
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