Hello and welcome to Essays of a Young Philologist! I hope you find these essays and pensées of mine insightful. Generally speaking, the essays on this blog will be concerned with theological, literary, and historical topics. Such topics are worthy of discussion and have been of great interest to me since I was young and I hope you find them of great interest as well.
The author is a native of Brunswick, Georgia and has a penchant for all things Southern, especially food and history. He often describes himself as being “one in Christ, American by birth, Southern by the grace of God, and Scottish and Irish by heritage”. After studying the classics in high school, the author studied at Georgia College in Milledgeville where he received a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a minor in history. Many of the essays on this blog are the product of those studies. After attending university, the author lived for ten months in Central Africa where he tutored the son of American missionaries. The adventures of that stint are recorded in his blog, “There and Back Again: Ben Wilkerson’s Adventures to Africa and Sheffield“. The following year, Ben worked as an intern at a Presbyterian Church in Sheffield, England. There he was challenged and stimulated in his writing abilities as well as his walk with his saviour, Jesus Christ. While living in the United Kingdom seperated him from his youthful loves of Southern food and history, he found great delight in the culture and historic haunts of merry old England.
After spending a year among such beautiful and historic locales, the author moved to the midlands of South Carolina, where his family had now relocated. While the culture and clime was fairly similar to the one he grew up in, one would think it would have taken him no time to find this place homely. However the effect of having lived in two very different foreign cultures had rendered his ancient sense of American belonging almost absent and it took him some months to feel at home in the US. By God’s grace that lonely feeling of not belonging anywhere dissipated and he now loves his new home. However to this day, the author thinks daily of those adventures and longs to revisit the wild moors of Derbyshire, the historic walled city of York, or the peaceful bay of Portree.
The author hopes to continue to hone his writing skills and currently has a part-time job writing monthly articles for Evangelical Times, a British Christian newspaper based out of Darlington, UK.