About this site

This site began in about 1997 as a text file where I began putting together references in scripture to the topics of baptism, washing, water, regeneration, new birth, and so on. it was interesting to me that washing with water and rebirth were so often associated. About the same time, I encountered the writings of the earliest Christian preachers, and a history of Christianity written about 375AD, and realized my religion and the religion of the early Christians were different things.

Over the next year or two, my baptism text file grew into a folder of ancient Christian writings that all pointed to a rich, common Faith that I had never learned about in Bible college. At that time Orthodoxy was barely present on the Internet, so I published philthompson.net — what would later be called a Web log, or “blog” if you will.

In 1999 I was received into the Orthodox Church, and gained Saint Silouan of Mt Athos as a new patron. Enough people started calling me Silouan that about 2008 I eventually relaunched the blog as silouanthompson.net. unfortunately a lot of content was lost, thanks to hand-written HTML pages and no content management system. The new incarnation used the then-new WordPress engine.

Evidently I prepaid that domain registration for ten years in advance. But by the end of 2018, I had new email address and phone, so I had no warning when the domain registration expired, teh website was deleted, and I had no way to verify that I was the person who owned any of it.

I was surprised and gratified to hear from many people who had been benefitted by the website over teh years, and who lamented its passing. So, thanks to some generous donors, and to the Wayback Machine at archive.org, I have been able to recover and re-post much of the site content. if you’re looking for a vaguely-remembered article, I hope it’s here; if not, let me know and I may be able to find it for you.

In the mean time, I am now a believer in offline backups! Should the Evry Ten Years cycle repeat itself, I trust that in 2028 I will be ready.