Welcome to Wrinkles and Rankles, a work in progress, a website still under construction, that aspires to be little more than an online journal that chronicles the ups-and-downs of ordinary life, examining the flotsam-and-jetsam that has drifted from time to time into my field of vision and bringing it into conversation with some of my other preoccupations, which move in the direction of biblical, theological, and philosophical studies.
At present Wrinkles and Rankles focuses on two themes:
- Wrinkles in the Beginning begins a series of reflections of Genesis 2-3.
- Daily Rankles is a “weblog” that talks back to daily events, both private and public.
New material will appear on this website as it nears completion and further themes will be introduced into the discussion over time.
In the background of this website-under-construction is the belief that biblical, theological, and philosophical traditions come alive brought into conversation with the “booming, buzzing confusion” of the day-to-day and night-to-night. Frederick Bruechner says that the “theological task is rather ordinary,” having as its point of departure the honest “”examination of the rough-and-tumble of [one’s] experience with all its ups-and-downs, its mysteries and loose ends.” I think the same can be said of philosophy. While the writings that appear in Wrinkles and Rankles draw on academic scholarship, they frequently veer in the direction of autobiography and current events. For example, a journey through the Chilcotin region of British Columbia, travelling westward from Williams Lake to Bella Coola along Highway 20, will obtrude into a series of reflections on Genesis 2-3.
My name is Murray Johnston. I am originally from the West Kootenays, a mountainous region in British Columbia’s southern interior, but now make my home in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. I work at a small college at the junction of the St. Francis and Massawippi rivers, teaching a wide variety of courses to seventeen and eighteen year olds. Over the years, I have developed a keen interest in the relationship between philosophy and theology, believing that the love of wisdom and talk about God somehow go hand-in-hand.
Visitors to Wrinkles and Rankles are invited to respond to the material that will appear from time to time on this site.