Abbey Someone…

Young Frankenstein

Foolish Festivals and misleading masquerades,

Abbeys and alleys full of creatures that parade.

Rotting corpses hoisted o’er their drunken heads,

Decorated with dangling  intestine necklaces;

Innocent blood painting immoral faces.

It is a day of celebration,

Jubilation, marking the grand death;

The infamous death of normalcy.

“We are divine!”

“We are gods!”

Roars the masqued mob.

Embracing their quasimodalistic desires,

Rejecting even the thought or perfection of hope.

(The refinement too harsh, too unyielding.)

Staggering and hunched, they stumble about

being drunk, on the wine of their own acceptance.

Gorging on the moldy bread of notoriety and damnation,

They consume the Eucharist of unholiness.

In cathedrals constructed of bells and belfries alone,

They pay homage to a visage marred only by birth,

Mimicry and disdain, are the remaining redemption.

“Look at me” a drunken jester pleads,

“Just as I am…

Look upon my gorgeous grotesqueness,

The displeasing of my deformities,

And the sheer hideousness of my strength!”

(adjuration and applause rise from the indignant throng.)

Uncomfortable comfort uncovered in irreverent deviance

…Finally profanity belongs.

Is carefree gaiety fuel for the incessant laughter that ensues?

Or is it nervousness, stoked by the existential embers of fear?

What convention or perversion cannot be  stripped away?

(Supplant-ous smiles and facetious nods cannot masque truth.)

Each exhausted guest dances and writhes unconscionably

through the courtyards and gardens,

Toward the fountain in the town square

Where the good King is seated, just and fair

His un-tame face draws stern as the ghastly masses infiltrate,

like hot oil being poured in a pristine spring.

He raises the sceptre for all to see

silencing the riotousness scene.

“Who are you all?” demands the Resolute Ruler,

“Reveal yourselves truly and without guile.”

The decree falls hard, disseminating the delusion.

The recompense for reality is due.

Trembling, they dismantle each disguise.

They are shamefully left standing in,

Nothing, but their original skin.

Essay: The Five Questions that determine your World View…

  1. Are you innately Good or Evil? (Your Nature, is it Good or Bad?)
  2. What is Life?
  3. How did the Universe come into existence?
  4. Is there Absolute Truth?
  5. What happens when you die?

The order of these must seem weird, but the 1st question is the most fundamental question. The answer has shaped and will shape your answers/filter for the other questions.

The misconception in life is that we can just talk about anything and everything objectively. We are prompted to have open minds, yet those who demand open minds and proclaim open minds are rarely open to ideas that they disagree with.

Platonic status only occurs in philosophical narratives, much like infinity occurring in mathematics. Subtract all the even number from 0 to Infinity and you are left with infinity, and it has the same amount of numbers (infinity) that it had previously.

There is no true platonic state, as we are not wired that way. If we are thinking about or of something, then we have already developed both voluntary and involuntary judgement about or of the thing, based on our worldview and personal philosophy. For Example:

A platonic (relational) kiss is a myth. It invariably means more (at the present or the future) to one person or the other, it can’t mean equally nothing to both parties; something can not be meaningless by definition. A kiss is a physical expression of affection, and by definition can not be impartial or indifferent.  A handshake can be impartial, or a greeting (a greeting kiss is impartial because it is culturally the same as a handshake and by definition is universally a greeting). A greeting kiss is not meant to expression invitations to a more physical relationship; a relational or intimate kiss, however, is.

We can act and say we love things, we hate, act and say we hate things we love. We can also reject ideas that are good for us (exercise and eating healthy) and proclaim we don’t care about “good food”, but only foods we “want” to eat…that is until we have high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, hyper-tension, etc. After diagnosis of disease we reconsider our previous thought life.

Our world views are steeped in how we view ourselves and others around us. Consider this, if we begin to talk about Pro-Life or Choice, the listener presumes that you have a solid foundation of how you arrived at your answer, but you may not know how you arrived at that answer. Any discussion following your personal opinion would be pointless. Questions formulated from a presuppositional stance of Pro-Life would be lost, because the answers are formulated from a Pro-Choice platform would not follow. It is an argument that can’t be won…unless there is a common starting ground.

It causes a great impasse in relationships and conversations, and it is the main reason that politics and religion are so difficult to talk about among friends and family. If I am asking the questions, I am presupposing there is a God and He is Truth, and if an atheist is asking the question they are presupposing there is no God and Science is the authority on Truth. We would have to find a starting point like, “Does God, or Could God exist” . This would allow us to see if our presupposition have value or weight. If I can prove God using science and philosophy, or if I can proved that atheism doesn’t follow from science but follows from scientism (naturalism-an interpretation of science that presupposes there is no God), and the atheist can not prove God doesn’t exist or that atheism follows from science, then we have defused a great deal of meaningless banter and insults and the atheist will have to reconsider his/her worldview. Now, if he/she can prove the atheism follows from science and that there is no God, then I will have to reconsider my worldview, but at least we are not misunderstood and trying to protect our wounded, unstated presuppositions.

If  presuppositions are not vetted with true claims about the proclaimed proposition and persons simply engages in to debate, they are starting the debate in the middle of the arguments. It is nearly impossible at that point to go back and try and establish presuppositions if you have already accepted the other presuppositions and parameters for Truth; it is in short, a lost cause.

If a person says, “Evangelicals are religious extremist!”, and you reply, “At least they have some sort of morals and family values!” Your response has denoted that you accept they person’s presuppositions regarding Evangelicals, as in who are they and what determines an evangelical. You have accepted the persons presuppositions about religion and religious extremist, and what is considered extreme. You have no idea what this person means when they verbally vomit out phrases like that, and if you engage you are agreeing with ideologies and philosophies that are more than likely false, incoherent, and biased. And if the person responds to your comment, then he/she is accepting your presuppositions that those who aren’t religious extremists don’t have morals or family values. Who are your talking about? What groups are included in your responses and what groups are you excluding? It is unstated. If it is unstated, it can be misunderstood by both one who holds the presupposition and the one it’s being expressed to.

Next post in this series – Essay: Are you innately Good or Evil?

If you find any syntax, grammar, contextual, and/or content errors please email me at j.wesleymullins@gmail.com. Thanks.

Proposition: Thoughts from an Argument from Purpose…

Science, through scientist and observation, has enlightened us to the inner workings of Life, the Universe, and existence. We can see the meticulous and intricate precision by which the galaxies are nestled in to space. Every atom, particle, bacteria, and/or sub-atomic particle is necessary or has a specific function or purpose. If one particle, atom, or electron were missing from a  specific  entity, bond, atom, or life form that life form would have never existed or would cease to exist.  If certain electrons were missing existence/life would have not been possible. It is evident that every “thing” has a specific purpose or necessary reason for existing, from the micro-level to the macro-level.

All of this is held together and made possible by non-physical forces referred to as the  Laws of Physics. Every “thing” that is seen, unseen, felt, and theorized, has a reason for existence bound by the laws of physics. Stephen Hawking declares that because of the existence of the Laws of Physics, existence  not only necessarily follows  but it had to come into existence; it had no choice based on the laws  governing it. There appears to be a reason for every aspect of existence except… for the reason why every “thing” exists, or purpose of existence. The notion that there is no answer, and that it is silly to conjecture about the why is given to us by Atheist, Darwinist, Naturalist, subscribers to Scientism, subscribers to Determinism, and Secularist. Atheism presupposes there is no God, because that hypothesis doesn’t logically follow scientific observations, it has to be posited and predetermined. This presuppositional positing nullifies and voids the necessity of an objective why and states it is a brute fact and needs no reasoning.

How can every “thing” have a purpose and a reason, contingently fit together like the ultimate Jenga tower, wherein if one piece were missing the whole “thing” would collapse? How can existence be so precise but there not be no ultimate purpose for the “tower’s” existence? The atheistic response, “Because I (Science) said so”, is not a satisfactory answer.  This response belittles and stupefies any resistance as unintelligent.  It is attune to the atheistic objection of the Christian proposition , “God’s ways are a mystery.” That line of reasoning contradicts itself and is self-refuting. Now, by their own admission, “God’s ways are a mystery”, is a valid and logical response and becomes just as scientifically valid as this presupposed brute fact of ,”Because I said so”. Christian presuppose God does exist and since we have finite knowledge, understanding and God is omniscient, it follows that I could not possibly understand and communicate His every thought and action.

CS Lewis says it like this, “If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.”

This is an honest thought and approach to existence. We, the existing, have every right and responsibility to ponder this from every angle,  contrary to what anyone says. It would be intolerant to condemn and marginalize anyone for reasoning the CS Lewis route. I exist, therefore, I am allowed to reason within the bounds of logic, especially if I see that the mainstream ideologies lack exhaustive substance. Lewis’s argument follows logically; it may not be popular but it is hard to refute.

What if  Naturalism is correct? Then our lives, our infinitesimal existence, will have meant nothing in the grand scheme of existence. I want you to consider the alternative, an objective, purposeful reality, that we were meant for something, some destiny. Our purpose is something greater than being a tiny bug smeared on the windshield of time. Think about the notions destiny that wells up in your chest when you watch, read, or witness flashes of greatness in literature or life. I am convinced that there must be a reason we are conscious and have the ability to reason our existence. There must be a reason that we possess these abilities and notions that are not found or observed in any other facet of life.

So I ask you, did we rise from primordial goo, remnants from star-stuff? or is there a Grand Designer, a Master Jenga Player, who create us in His image, with His attributes, with abilities and destinies? Is the universe fashioned with purpose and design?

It is a question worth wrestling. I challenge you to look honestly at Theism and Intelligent Design.

Here are some good links to get you started:

JP Moreland – Has Science made belief in God unbelievable

William Lane Craig- Origins of the Universe: has Hawking eliminated God

If you are interested in hear both sides presented in a civil dialogue you can listen to Justin Brierley’s podcast “Unbelievable” on iTunes. For other great Apologetic resources, interviews and links go to Apologetics315.com

A Grief Observed: Mi Papá, one of the Seven Spanish Angels…

My dad and I shared the affinity for Ray Charles music growing up, and one of the songs we loved was his duet with Willie Nelson, “Seven Spanish Angels.” So, This request (link) goes out to you pops.


Seven years ago today, I watched as the casket was closed on the man who gave me life. The ringing of the 21 gun salute still echoes in my ears. Even now when I visit his grave I feel the cold, empty void he left in my life. But…I smile and laugh as memories start flooding back.

The question is, have I fully dealt with the grief? Sometimes I think I have, and sometimes I am not sure. This seems to be the universal consensus; loss is the not so subtle reminder that “Time will never cower from the likes of me” – Heath McNease “A Grief Observed”.

Today I am feeling the loss a little more than other days and other May 7ths in the past. My thoughts drift to my own fatherhood and my own children. What will the twins do when I am gone? How will they remember me? Will I impact their lives so that I am forever ingrained in their souls? Will that cause them to smile and laugh when they remember daddy? I dunno, but I hope so. I hope that my legacy is that my children love me beyond the boundaries of language and expression, and that they know that I love them to that extreme as well.

So, I release this song, “Mi Papá”, to the world. I wrote it right after his passing. It is in Spanish, as I was in immersion-like Spanish classes that semester of college. I think that it is much more emotional this way. Also note that I am taking linguistic liberties with some of the phrasing. I am not too concerned with the posterity of the language for my artistic purposes; the meaning is understood clearly. —(I may post a link to an audio version, stay tuned.)

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A man and his loyal hound...

The Sum of All Things:

I am man
Inside this ball of sensitive clay
I feel hunger
I feel pain
Discontentment
Unworthiness; yet I am man

I am man
I long to climb mountains
Slay dragons
Conquer worlds
Be clothed with the valor of knights
I may or may not; yet I am man

I am man, though lacking, I am man

There is something about creating, building and producing that appears to be inherent in men. The working with our hands and the validation from the sweat dripping from our brow fill us with purpose and accomplishment. It doesn’t nullify all our short comings but it does validate our manliness.

After I built this fire in the rain, and built a shelter for family, I think my beard grew about 2 inches instantly, and my chest hair burst from my shirt like a young, svelte Sean Connery. A great day to be a man.

(Blue, our dog, pictured above, also had an amazing time playing in the rain and eating hotdogs. “You’re my girl Blue!”)

A man and his loyal hound…

Shammah Publications Presents…

Shammah Publications Presents…

There is still time to purchase my new book,”A Seed Planted”. This is a limited, 1st edition book. It was created in conjunction with a Gallery show by the same name. The show was hosted a few weeks ago by Living Stones Fine Arts, a Christian Artist Collective here in Lexington, Kentucky. I have a few copies left and will begin the second printing soon.

Visit the Shammah Publications Bookstore to purchase “A Seed Planted” through Paypal. If you don’t have a Paypal account that is okay. Paypal allows non-members to make one time payments via charge cards. If you need to make other arrangements just email me directly at j.wesleymullins@gmail.com.

I really appreciate everyone’s overwhelming support and encouragement. Your interest and backing will allow me to publish more books and publish/promote more authors.

It is my passion and my vision for Shammah Publications to publish literary works of the utmost craftsmanship and creative excellence.

Thank you for beginning this journey with me. May SP become a flourishing and towering Oak, giving rest and shade to the weary. May it ever be a beacon for the lost, discouraged and hurting

, giving them direction and hope.

Grand Opening: Shammah Publications Bookstore!!!!!

I am proud to open (cutting over-sized ribbon with over-sized scissors), the Shammah Publications Bookstore.  (see page header for direct link)

You are so welcome to browse and look around…but may I point you in the direction of one book in particular, “A Seed Planted” – by JW Mullins? I hear it is charming, funny, and insightful. And if you look inside you will see that it is a Limited 1st Edition. That means that each copy will be signed and dated by the author, me, for posterity.ha.

It is only available in print version now, but I am working to get an pdf version up soon that people can download. Stay tuned to future posts that I will let you know when it is up and ready. If you are interested in a digital version, please let me know via email at j.wesleymullins@gmail.com, and I can make sure that you receive info or link when it is available.

If you are interested in the print version, click the link and you will be redirected to Pay pal to complete the order.

I want to thank everyone for there support and encouragement in this process. Step one: Publish my first book. Done.  Step two: Dominate the literary world.  Haha.

More books to come…

Essay: The Most Important Question You Can Ask Yourself…

Good personRegardless of social standing, economic status, or educational achievement we all have the same questions that have to be asked and answered within the parameters of Life, Conscience, and Death. So, it is imperative that we have the best information to answer them. The questions are along the line of: “Who am I? Where am I? Why am I? How am I? Is there Life after Death? and Am I a Good Person?” I think the last question is the most important, initially, because within that answer lies the answer to all the other questions.

Are you a Good Person?

Are you by nature a Good Person or a Bad Person?

What I mean to say is, “Do you consider yourself to be a Good Person?

Your answer to this question is going to indicate the foundation of your worldview; the cornerstone of what you believe and why. Every philosophy and religion is rooted in their response to this question. It is the filter in which we consume life and regurgitate thoughts, words, and actions. It is the reason we have become who we are.

It is the line of demarcation for all worldviews and philosophical arguments. (I suggest that you read this to get to some of my previous presuppositional arguments.)

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