Websites come and go, often because they are the pet projects on the side of people who find their web-time taken over by real life issues.
This was the case for me several years ago when I shut down the original Athanasius Contra Mundum. In restarting the website, I am giving my time to produce material for you that I hope you will find beneficial, not only in Ecclesial issues but also in history, politics, or whatever other work I produce.
In ancient Greece, there was a class of Philosophers called the “Sophists”, (σοφιστής in Greek) which has the sense of “Wise-guys” in Plato’s dialogues. These early philosophers were criticized by Socrates for their practice of charging money and only giving wisdom to those who could pay. For this reason they are often the antagonists of most of Plato’s dialogues. Socrates by contrast did not charge money, though he did indeed receive money from patrons, which allowed him to teach anyone who would learn.
My philosophy is the same, I am just not as smart as Socrates. I am not, however, creating a subscriber only website to provide material for those who can pay, particularly in these troubling economic times (Yes, I know troubling is a light word!). I am not looking to make bank, everything I receive will go to bills. Thus, I have put up the donation button to receive what you will, based on the quality of my work. If you give nothing, I will produce anyway. I do ask however, that if you can’t offer anything, please instead offer up prayers for my soul and my family’s well-being. Thank you for anything you can or will provide.