Before I share with you the genesis of this work, I would like to tell you a little about myself. I wear many different hats, but the ones I’d like to share with you here are the philosopher hat, the songwriter hat, and the author hat.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a philosophical nature, with a strong spiritual bent. Although I did study philosophy at Old Dominion University in my home state of Virginia, I left school early to support my first wife, daughter, and son. During this 20-year period, I kept up my studies by doing a significant amount of reading on my own. As an autodidact, I studied works by Joseph Campbell, William James, Thomas Merton, Evelyn Underhill, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, among others. John Macquarrie’s 20th Century Religious Thought made a tremendous impact on me intellectually, whereas Louis Evely’s That Man Is You touched my very soul. I would latter adopt Evely’s style of using verse essays when writing my first book.
During these years I also wrote and performed dozens of songs, and eventually developed a music ministry that conveyed – through personal narrative interwoven with these songs – the impact that God and my family has had on my life. This “musical journey” culminated in my account of a profound conversion experience I underwent while going through a personal crisis. Many years later, I would write about this conversion experience in the book mentioned above.
My plans to start performing this music ministry in the Church (I was a practicing Catholic at the time) were interrupted by a “perfect storm” of crises. These included the accidental death of my younger brother, a divorce, financial difficulties, and health problems. It has only been recently – ten years after the onset of these struggles – that I’ve begun to reintroduce a revised version of my “musical journey” to another faith community.
During the years that I was studying philosophical/spiritual writings and developing my music ministry, I was also forming a personal philosophy based primarily on observation, prayer, and reflection. I attempted to approach the Divine with an unbiased attitude, and allow this Higher Power to speak to me of its nature and reality.
Although my newfound understanding of this ultimate reality was mentally and spiritually liberating, it was far from orthodox or traditional. Even though I felt that this developing worldview adapted very well to the rigors of post-modern existence, much of what could be called “classical” notions of what or who God is, and how he (or she for that matter) works in the world, were being systematically swept away.
What emerged was a new philosophy that has revolutionized my thought-processes and my life. It is a worldview that recognizes a dynamic occurring between God and the universe that explains the problem of evil in a completely new way. It is also a worldview that is compatible with many, if not all, of the advances made by science and technology.
In October of 2011, a book introducing this new philosophy (called derivism*) was first published. This work is titled ~SOUNDINGS~: Exploring the Depths of God and the Universe (PRESS 333), and both the paperback and Kindle versions can be found here.
Since then, I’ve decided that I don’t want the accessibility of this philosophy to be determined by whether someone chooses to buy the book or not. So on January 1st of 2013 I completed the uploading of the entire contents of ~SOUNDINGS~ onto this website. This online publication can be found here.
I am extremely happy to be sharing this work with you at this time! Thank you for taking the time to read about my story.
Frank L. Jordan III
*The philosophy of derivism introduced in ~SOUNDINGS~ is not the religious doctrine found at the website or in the book Derivism: A New Understanding in a New Age. Each author arrived at the term “derivism” independently. The philosophy introduced here is specified as Jordanic derivism.