Personal: My name is Bill Heroman. I'm about 6'3" and about forty-mumble years old, a former Math and Reading teacher, an amateur historian, and a full-time logistics implementation facilitator ("breaker breaker, good buddy"). I was raised Episcopalian, tried evangelicalism from age 17 to 20, experimented in radical house churches for another twelve years, and then retired indefinitely from church reform to pursue academics and writing. I believe Christians need to do a better job of reading the New Testament in the context of all relevant narratological and historical dynamics. (You can read more about that on my Focus page.) As for my personal faith, I continue to affirm traditional orthodoxy about Christian essentials and remain hyper-egalitarian in my preferences about Christian praxis. Regarding politics, I wish that America's conservative Christians would realize that the best path to securing religious freedom requires embracing civic pluralism and becoming diplomatically allied with progressives. None of us can love Jesus while ignoring the cries of our neighbors, and Paul of Tarsus would sharply condemn any preacher who covets political power and cultural dominance.

Academic Status: I am once again independent. While productively enrolled in formal graduate studies from September 2017 until March of 2022 (minus one year of leave), I was grateful to improve my skills in both research and writing. For $30k in tuition I learned a few things about how to make my arguments less susceptible to being easily dismissed or refuted but I learned nothing about making those arguments more compelling or persuasive. In some ways a PhD would have been helpful, but I decided another $50k (plus time spent "picking up" French, German, and Hebrew) were not going to help me to a better job of reaching my personal goals. I remain committed to improving the arguments that I believe are important and finding helpful ways to share them with my friends in academia.

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