I’m Moving!

A recent opportunity availed itself to me to move my blogging to another platform.

It’s a bitter sweet time for me. MichaelAlanHansen.wordpress.com started over two full years ago. I posted sparingly over the first year but over the last 10 months I have committed myself to publishing anywhere from three to five posts a week. Overall I have published over 200 blog posts, accrued over 100 WordPress followers, & had over 7,000 views on the blog.

Committing myself to writing regularly since January has been an awarding experience. It hasn’t always been easy or inspired and I’m sure it hasn’t always been easy to read or inspiring. However, it’s meant a lot to me that there are some people out there who have been willing to click over to MichaelAlanHansen.WordPress.com and see what I have to say.

That being said, the fact that I’m moving does not mean that it will be any more difficult for you to read what I write. I will still be writing regularly and posting my writing updates to social media.

Having said all this let me give you a little more information about where my blog is heading. A friend of mine hosts a website named Torrey Gazette. Torrey Gazette is a site that hosts a few personal blogs and publishes multiple book reviews monthly. The owner of Torrey Gazette (Joshua Torrey) has invited me to bring my regular blogging over to TorreyGazette.com. I will still be posting around four times a week (Monday – Thursday) so you shouldn’t expect much to change in terms of production and content at the new site.

One major change will be the name of the blog. Whereas this blog was named “Brief Inquisition?” for a time and simply “Michael Alan Hansen” for the past several months, the name of my blog over at Torrey Gazette will be “St. Anne’s Manor.”

That name comes from the final installment of C.S. Lewis’ fictional space trilogy That Hideous Strength. Be sure to head over to Torrey Gazette tomorrow to catch my first post explaining more about St. Anne’s Manor.

It’s been fun and I’m looking forward to your continued readership!

Like the song says, “you don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here!”



Only the Trinity Will Work

Deep ComedyThis morning I finished Peter Leithart’s illuminating work Deep Comedy. I say “illuminating” because never before have I seen Solomon, Derrida, Homer, Shakespeare, & Jesus compared & contrasted in such a way as Liethart does in this book! A wonderful amalgamation of philosophy, poetry, literature, & theology, Deep Comedy explains just why all of these categories ultimate play off one another.


Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

The other day I read a blog post by Peter Leithart entitled “Give Peace a Chance.” Commenting on the book The Question of Peace in Modern Politics, Leithart believes that “the editors begin from assumptions that need to be questioned.” From here Leithart begins to question the editors assumption:


The Grain of the Universe

Desiring the KingdomOne of the myriad reasons it’s important to believe in a Trinitarian Creator is the fact that the pattern of the universe begins to take form rather than fall apart on the grounds of subjectivity (i.e. – Evolution, Platonism, Gnosticism). Moreover, when a Trinitarian Creator gives his laws we can trust that these laws do not run against the way He has made the universe to operate but with the grain of the Universe. It is this sentiment that James K.A. Smith captures so well in his book Desiring the Kingdom. In the fifth chapter of the book Smith works his way through the liturgical practices of the church to show the many different ways in which they form a peculiar people.


The Lies We [Don’t] Tell Children

CaterpillarYesterday afternoon my wife and I were picking some tomatoes in our back yard. Earlier in the summer, to our great surprise, around five different tomato plants started growing in our back yard! We have adopted them as our own and are now enjoying the fruit of someone’s labor (Although it must be said that Caroline has done quite a bit of work to nurture these plants!)!