Welcome to this blog. My name is Charlie Johnson; I’m currently a doctoral student studying church history at Princeton Theological Seminary. This blog is a place for me to articulate my thoughts, work through difficult issues, share my research, and make connections with people who share my interests. I hope you find it’s a place for you as well. My posts will be mostly about the humanities, focusing on the history of Christianity. Sometimes more personal and/or contemporary issues will appear.
The name Dear Reader comes from St. Augustine. It expresses my hope for this blog and the kinds of interaction that will occur here:
“Dear reader, whenever you are as certain about something as I am, go forward with me; whenever you hesitate, seek with me; whenever you discover that you have gone wrong, come back to me; or if I have gone wrong, call me back to you. In this way we will travel along the street of love together as we make our way toward him of whom it is said, ‘Seek his face always.’” ~ De Trinitate 1.3.5