Greetings! My name is Tim Enloe. I am 36 (as of January 31, 2008) and am married to a very wonderful girl named Heidi. Our first daughter, Elbereth Laurelin, was born on July 10, 2006. Our second daughter, Marigold Carleen Joy, was born on March 20, 2008. Our third daughter, Serenity Dulcimea Dove, was born on December 29, 2009.
As of May 9, 2007 I have completed my B.A. degree in Classical Liberal Arts and Culture at New St. Andrews College in Moscow, ID, where I waged what seemed like an uphill battle for almost 7 years. As of December, 2010, I have completed a Master’s degree studies in Humanities at the University of Dallas. Most of the entries you will read on this blog were written during my college years, and so many of them bear the imprint of what the famed New Testament scholar N.T. Wright has described as “carrying on my education in public.”
As a Church historian-in-training, I am deeply fascinated by the story of God’s redemption as it has played out in space and time. Though I am a Protestant, I have enormous affinities with the pre-Reformation Church, and treat every era of that Church as my own precious heritage, first to be respected and learned from–and only second to be criticized.
One area of special interest to me is the history of the papacy. Indeed, I am intensely interested in this, and not for the usual Protestant polemical reasons. I do not reject the papacy as “Antichrist,” nor do I think of myself as fundamentally at odds with the papacy per se. I study the history of the papacy because it is a major part of my own historical heritage, and again, I first respect it and only second criticize it. Some particular eras of Church history on which I focus are the Carolingian era (8th-9th centuries), the reformation of the 11th century, the reforms of the 15th century, and the loss of Christendom to Secularism between the 17th and 19th centuries.
Much of what you will find on this site, particularly in its approach to Church history and the way that this informs relations between Christians today, will seem “counter-intuitive” in terms of expectations of “what a Protestant ought to think and do.” I cheerfully admit that I think that Protestantism is better than much of its contemporary theology and practice portrays, and not just better but broader. In my work on this site, I seek to avoid becoming trapped in the usual sorts of fruitless bickerings based upon dichotomies like “conservative / liberal”, “True Christian / False Brother,” “Catholic, But Not Roman Catholic,” and so forth. What I offer here is something different, and I hope you, the reader, will be challenged by what you find.