About the blog…..
Hello, and welcome to Reconciling Viewpoints! My name is Dan McMonagle, and I’m a novice blogger — in fact, I’m really more of a mathematician and musician than a writer….
The reason I started this blog was to talk about issues (especially theological) where differences in opinion cause division, but…   I’ve got other interests in life that occasionally dominate my thinking – family stuff, kid’s sports, music., etc.  The primary blog topics will still be theological/apologetic in nature, but I will also post on these other topics, if for no other reason than to post more often!
About the theological stuff:

We all believe some truths, but none of us get it 100% right....

You’ve heard the one about blindfolded people each touching different body parts of an elephant – leg, ear, trunk, and tail – and how the descriptions of what they are touching vary?  Or how about a scenario where a car accident is witnessed from different angles, and each witness believes a different driver is at fault?  We have a similar situation with “truth” regarding God and religion in part because we all see and experience life through different “filters”.

My goal with this blog is to help us all improve our perspective on the “truth” by looking from vantage points that vary from what we normally restrict ourselves to.  To truly see completely from another’s point of view is impossible, but we can gain perspective by attempting to see from a different angle, maybe one we never thought we’d be gazing from.

For more about why I’m doing this, here’s a link to my first blog post: http://reconcilingviewpoints.wordpress.com/2010/11/03/hello-world/

My two-fold mission statement for Reconciling Viewpoints is to:  

  1. Promote unity among believers by finding common ground where there have been differences in belief based on biblical interpretation and theological understanding, and
  2. Promote the gospel among nonbelievers by reducing or removing stumbling blocks that arise from intellectual objections that deter people from coming to faith.

About the author….

Dan McMonagle lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and three boys.  A mathematician, a musician, and now a “wanna be” writer, Dan could be considered a “renaissance man” of sorts… or a “jack of all trades, but a master of none”, depending on who you ask.  When he’s not busy with his day job as an actuary, Dan likes to spend his time involved with kid’s sports (baseball, football), church (musician, worship leader, works with kids) and family life.