About

To be alive: not just the carcass
But the spark.
That’s crudely put, but…
If we’re not supposed to dance,
Why all this music? – Gregory Orr

This is the blog of Gawain de Leeuw, Episcopal Priest. “Padremambo” was coined by a friend in the salsa dancing community, of which I am a dutiful member. The Divine Latitude alludes to the disposition of “latitudinarianism.”  It is a sensible, pragmatic theological position. It means: I don’t have time to argue.

My faith is trinitarian, pragmatic, efficient, and polite. The world is driven and maintained by rituals and liturgy.

I’m a modern Alinskyite, anti-identitarian, anti-utopian, realist, anti-Manichean. I have an affinity for both monarchy and situationists. Nobody knows how to live in the Kingdom of God; none of us are truly righteous. Disinterested in perfection.

Conservative in that I believe in sin. I value reverence, incrementalism, and respect for the office. I’m skeptical of revolution. Family and values matter more than money. We overestimate our generosity. Liberal, in my views about free speech, transparency, and human rights. That said, we’re in this world together.  I prefer solving problems than blaming others.

I worry more about violence than sex.

Working on a book bringing together transaction cost economics, mimetic theory, and soteriology. In short: rivalry is an expense. Prepare to spend, or find Jesus.

For the record, I’m on the local Planned Parenthood board, because they help women and families. I #standwithpp.

I drink Oban, Nolets, and smoke the occasional Romeo and Juliet Churchill. I have a couple wine certifications so that I can get the least expensive deals in a restaurant.

What makes me angry: the war on drugs and the prison-industrial complex, tax-payer subsidized stadiums, dissing teachers, post-prohibition American Style lagers, and low fat yogurt.

I’m on the Ronda Rousey bandwagon, and enjoy a good boxing match.

I used to blog as John Wilkins, the Salty Vicar.

Ulysses S. Grant was an underrated president. #blacklivesmatter

Ora et labora.

Chop wood, carry water.

5 comments on “About

  1. irishanglican says:

    We are antithetical somewhat, but I am both Irish, and was raised R. Catholic in Dublin Ireland; also I was a Royal Marine (just 60 in Oct.) I had a stop along the way with the English Benedictines in my 20’s. (Maybe my lasting interior formation?) And I am reading Scott Hahn’s new book: Covenant and Communion, The Biblical Theology of Pope Benedict XVI. I read from Barth to Bulgakov! lol But Newman has saved my way more than once. I have even had a “spell” with Calvin and the Reformed. Love Calvin still somewhat, but I am getting over the Reformed (classic at least). I might go back to Rome with their new offer?
    Nice to chat a bit..
    Fr. Robert (English Anglican)

  2. Funny–I grew up Baptist in Rochester, NY area, but now I’m seeking out information about Anglican/Episcopal churches and trying to figure out their theology and doctrine. After having been Baptist for so long, it’s kind of a mystery to me.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Informative and coy; you’re here in the delicious, tumultuous, artsy Diocese of NY as well then… perhaps we’ll meet someday. Perhaps we already have and loathe each other. Unimportant, that, as I’m inclined to be latitudinarian as well. Keep up the good work.

  4. Very very funny! Also true…

  5. I’m writing to invite you to join the new Bible Gateway Blogger Grid (BG²). If you’d like details, email me. Thanks.

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