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Eulogy to my Father

Socrates said if you find “a good wife you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher.” Being a decent [armchair] apologist aside (a legend in my own mind), I have been blessed with both a wonderful wife and two very cool boys to boot! My youngest child [now in college] has a closeness to Gracie Allen when she said, “when I was born, I was so surprised I couldn’t talk for a year and a half.” And my oldest son [a Marine… soon to be in the AirForce] taught me that the difference between couple-hood and babyhood is moisture. Paul Reiser said it best, “everything in my life is now more moist. Between your spittle, your diapers, your spit-up and drool, you got your baby food, your wipes, your formula, your leaky bottles, sweaty baby backs, and numerous other untraceable sources – all creating an ever-present moistness in [our] life, which heretofore was mainly dry.” I was born in 1970, a perfect time to catch the re-runs of Felix the Cat and Lassie, as well as catching the new Justice League and S.W.A.T. We are the generation of arcade games and classic 80’s movies, Metallica and N.W.A. I wouldn’t want to be in any other time in history than the one I was born into.

I have mentioned for the audience of my old blog, but will again mention it here for any new readers: this is not meant to be an explicitly Christian blog. While I hold to and vehemently defend a particular worldview, I do not intend this site to be “rosy cheeked”“pure as the driven snow” depot for faith. This site is meant for men and women who are confident enough in themselves, their faith, and their culture to know that the “holier-than-thou” lifestyle is best adhered to by those other than ourselves. So expect language and raw thoughts at times, in a respectful or satirical manner. In other words… CAUTION…

Religio-Poltical Apologetics ahead!

Conservative BrawlerOver 20-years ago I was incarcerated for 3-felonies. (I like to say I am a retired felon.) A Christian Sheriff got his hands on me ~ viewing me not through his eyes but through His eyes… God saving me from myself (Romans 7:13-25[a]) ~ and I was pulled by the Spirit back to the faith of my youth (Philippians 1:6) and the Finished work on the Cross (John 19:30) and have studied to show myself approved since (2 Timothy 2:15). I graduated in 2009 with an MATS (Master of Arts in Theological Studies). Full circle, so-to-speak. I have recently been diagnosed with MS. (A more visual as well as an audio introduction to myself can be found at the bottom of this page.)

I have interests, and most of them pertain to reading and learning as a hobby.  My home library is well over 5,000 books (politics, religions, philosophy, economics, environment, history, origins, apologetics, etc… all non-fiction stuff my wife h a t e s), and about 600 DVDs dealing with much of the same (a lot of debates are in this collection however). I have even written a book, free for the reading: Worldviews: A Click Away from binary Collisions (Religio-Political Apologetics)

Why the Name, “Papa Giorgio”?

I posted a reply to an issue on my YouTube ~ and for those who do not know ~ my “handle” on the World Wide Web is “Papa Giorgio.” Continuing. After the reply the person asked the following:

  • Thank you!  Is that your real name, Giorgio? regards

I respond to the question:

No. It is taken from “Vegas Vacation.” (The son of the Griswold’s is called “Rusty,” who becomes “Nick PapaGiorgio” in the movie.)

I have been with my wife since 1990 (married since 1995), but there was a time I left her for almost three years. Selfishness… building a false narrative in my own mind to make me feel “right” about my actions, etc. After getting back into the church and being challenged by the Body of Christ to rethink my actions… she and I reunited and are stronger now than ever.

Likewise, the character “Rusty,” in Vegas Vacation, gets caught up with his own [false] narrative (a false life) and leaves his family to be selfish. In the end though, family is what matters, and where a journey to unconditional love happens — and it is this “micro” familial journey that represents in an imperfect way the love our Creator has for us ~ perfectly; in the “macro.”

I hope this answers the question :)

Hence, Papa Giorgio.

I truly believe the statement by Mark Twain that “The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can’t.” Thomas Jefferson chimed in when he said that “Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men [or women], setting out in life, it is their only capital.”

Which brings me to a long list of books. These are books I have read and would wish my sons to read or have a few of for reference by the time they’re 40 or so, preferably earlier.  Mind you, if this is my wish for the two guys I love and dig the most, others who visit here may benefit from this list as well (following the book list is a DVD list as well). I will mark one book from each category that is a readable introduction to the thinking in said category:

Recommended Books

Apologetic Reads

  1. Unshakable Foundations: Contemporary Answers to Crucial Questions about the Christian Faith
  2. To Everyone an Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview
  3. The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict Fully Updated To Answer The Questions Challenging Christians Today
  4. The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ
  5. Does God Believe in Atheists
  6. Jesus Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents the Historical Jesus
  7. Christianity on the Offense: Responding to the Beliefs and Assumptions of Spiritual Seekers
  8. Christianity for Skeptics
  9. Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists
  10. On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision
  11. Apologetics to the Glory of God: An Introduction
  12. Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels
  13. Van Til’s Apologetic
  14. Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions
  15. The Big Book of Bible Difficulties: Clear and Concise Answers from Genesis to Revelation
  16. New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties
  17. Holman QuickSource Guide to Christian Apologetics
  18. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist
  19. Always Ready: Directions For Defending The Faith
  20. Scaling the Secular City: A Defense of Christianity
  21. The Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy: Three Essential Books in One Volume
  22. Religion, Reason and Revelation

Theology/Doctrine Reads

  1. Christian Theology
  2. Integrative Theology
  3. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine
  4. Systematic Theology
  5. Inerrancy
  6. Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
  7. Is There a Meaning in This Text? The Bible, the Reader, and the Morality of Literary Knowledge
  8. First Theology: God, Scripture & Hermeneutics
  9. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Relationships, Roles, and Relevance
  10. Getting to Know the Church Fathers: An Evangelical Introduction

Comparative Religious Reads

  1. See the Gods Fall: Four Rivals to Christianity
  2. Why You Should Believe in the Trinity: An Answer to Jehovah’s Witnesses
  3. The Kingdom of the Cults
  4. Correcting the Cults: Expert Responses to Their Scripture Twisting
  5. The New Mormon Challenge
  6. The Emergent Church: Undefining Christianity
  7. Encyclopedic Dictionary of Cults, Sects, and World Religions
  8. Neighboring Faiths: A Christian Introduction to World Religions
  9. Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message
  10. Encountering Religious Pluralism: The Challenge to Christian Faith and Mission

Materialism/Naturalism Reads

  1. The Freedom of the Will
  2. Naturalism Defeated? Essays on Plantinga’s Evolutionary Argument against Naturalism
  3. Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False
  4. God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?
  5. Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism
  6. Objections to Physicalism
  7. Naturalism
  8. Agents Under Fire, Materialism and the Rationality of Science
  9. The Waning of Materialism
  10. The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society

Human Origins

  1. Science and Human Origins
  2. Darwin’s Enigma: Ebbing the Tide of Naturalism
  3. Bones of Contention: A Creationist Assessment of Human Fossils

Young Earth Creationist Reads

  1. Starlight, Time and the New Physics
  2. Thousands not Billions: Challenging the Icon of Evolution, Questioning the Age of the Earth
  3. In Six Days: Why Fifty Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation
  4. Tornado in a Junkyard: The Relentless Myth of Darwinism
  5. Unlocking the Mysteries of Creation, The Explorer’s Guide to the Awesome Works of God, Second Edition
  6. After the Flood
  7. Ancient Post-Flood History: Historical Documents That Point to Biblical Creation
  8. The Young Earth: The Real History of the Earth – Past, Present, and Future
  9. In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood (8th Edition)
  10. The Genius of Ancient Man

Evolution vs Design/Creation

  1. Probability’s Nature and Nature’s Probability : A Call to Scientific Integrity
  2. Without Excuse
  3. Evolution Impossible: 12 Reasons Why Evolution Cannot Explain the Origin of Life on Earth
  4. Evolution’s Achilles’ Heels

Intelligent Design Reads

  1. Uncommon Dissent: Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing
  2. Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design
  3. The Mysterious Epigenome: What Lies Beyond DNA
  4. Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth? Why Much of What We Teach About Evolution Is Wrong
  5. Evolution: A Theory In Crisis
  6. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design
  7. Intelligent Design Uncensored: An Easy-to-Understand Guide to the Controversy
  8. Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution
  9. Understanding Intelligent Design: Everything You Need to Know in Plain Language

Political/Cultural Reads

  1. Intellectual Morons: How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas
  2. The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle over God, Truth, and Power
  3. The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture
  4. The Death of Right and Wrong: Exposing the Left’s Assault on Our Culture and Values
  5. Clash Of Orthodoxies: Law Religion & Morality In Crisis
  6. The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot
  7. True Tolerance: Liberalism and the Necessity of Judgment
  8. Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity
  9. The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
  10. Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air
  11. Politics – According to the Bible: A Comprehensive Resource for Understanding Modern Political Issues in Light of Scripture

Historical Reads

  1. Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Change
  2. A Conservative History of the American Left
  3. Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, & Religion
  4. How Christianity Changed the World
  5. A History of the American People
  6. The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success
  7. Black Rednecks and White Liberals
  8. Modern Times Revised Edition: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties
  9. Religion and The American Constitutional Experiment
  10. The Savage Wars Of Peace: Small Wars And The Rise Of American Power

Pro-Life Reads

  1. Embryo: A Defense of Human Life
  2. Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice
  3. Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments
  4. The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture
  5. Gianna: Aborted, and Lived to Tell about It

Legal Philosophy Reads

  1. Natural Law and Public Reason 
  2. Reason in the Balance: The Case Against Naturalism in Science, Law and Education
  3. Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality
  4. Natural Law and Natural Rights
  5. In Defense of Natural Law

Old Testament God/Problem of Evil [Theodicy] Reads

  1. Slaves, Women & Homosexuals: Exploring the Hermeneutics of Cultural Analysis
  2. God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist?
  3. Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God
  4. Did God Really Command Genocide?
  5. The Evidential Argument from Evil
  6. God, Freedom, and Evil

Christian Philosophy/Worldview Reads

  1. The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology
  2. Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview
  3. Faith and Reason: Searching for a Rational Faith
  4. God Is Great, God Is Good: Why Believing in God Is Reasonable and Responsible
  5. Understanding the Times: The Collision of Today’s Competing Worldviews

Psychology/Counseling Reads

  1. One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture Is Eroding Self-Reliance
  2. Psychology as Religion: The Cult of Self-Worship
  3. Soul Searching: Why Psychotherapy Must Promote Moral Responsibility
  4. Changes That Heal
  5. Christian Counseling 3rd Edition

Homosexual/Marriage Reads

  1. Same-Sex Matters: The Challenge of Homosexuality
  2. Homosexuality and American Public Life
  3. What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense
  4. Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth
  5. Ex-Gays?: A Longitudinal Study of Religiously Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation

Top-Five Islam Reads

  1. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)
  2. The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World’s Most Intolerant Religion
  3. Religion of Peace? Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn’t
  4. Sharia versus Freedom: The Legacy of Islamic Totalitarianism
  5. God’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades

Top Three Israeli/Palestinian Conflict Reads

  1. History Upside Down: The Roots of Palestinian Fascism and the Myth of Israeli Aggression
  2. From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine
  3. The Case for Israel

Top Three Econ Reads

  1. The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents
  2. Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy
  3. Free to Choose: A Personal Statement

A Favored Series, by Cornelius G. Hunter

  1. Darwin’s God: Evolution and the Problem of Evil
  2. Darwin’s Proof: The Triumph of Religion over Science
  3. Science’s Blind Spot: The Unseen Religion of Scientific Naturalism



Environmentalism & Global Warming




Two presentations that include a biographical sketch of myself in the beginning minutes of the below videos. The first was made by myself prior to the 2008 elections. The second is more recent:

Here are links to my main three video upload sites. See my “Video” links for more. (You may need to right click and choose “Open in New Tab,” or, hold the “Ctrl” button and left click).

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