Theodore Beale


Theodore Beale

Infobox Person
name = Vox Day


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education = Bucknell University
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occupation = Columnist, Author, Video game designer
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party = Libertarian
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religion = Southern Baptist
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website = http://voxday.net
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Theodore Beale is a computer game designer, technology entrepreneur and writer. He is a member of the SFWA, MENSA and IGDA and was a founder of the electronic band Psykosonik, which recorded four Billboard Top 40 club play hits in the '90s. [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=359&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Hot+Dance+Club+Play&ci=3016626&cdi=6804071&cid=03%2F12%2F1994 "Hot Club Dance Play"] , "Billboard Music Charts".] He has twice been a member of the SFWA's Nebula Novel Jury, [http://www.sfsite.com/columns/news0705.htm "Nebula Novel Jury"] , "The SF Site"] and in addition to his three-volume Eternal Warriors series of Christian Fantasy novels, [http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA72275.html "Other Worlds, Suffused with Religion"] , "Publishers Weekly".] he has published a novel and one non-fiction work under the pseudonym Vox Day. He first began writing under this name for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, where he wrote a weekly video game review column and other features. [http://www.upsoneshots.com/Home.asp?WName=Vox%20Day Deep Eco"] , "Interview with Umberto Eco"] He presently uses the pen name for a weekly WorldNetDaily opinion column [http://www.gamasutra.com/newswire/industry_analysis/19980731/pitch_07.htm "Behind the Pitch"] , "Gamasutra".] and has been nationally syndicated under it three times, once by Chronicle Features and twice by Universal Press Syndicate. [http://www.upsoneshots.com/Home.asp?WName=Vox%20Day Vox Day One Shots"] , "Universal Press Syndicate"]

Biography

Beale graduated from Bucknell University in 1990 [http://www.departments.bucknell.edu/communications/BucknellWorld/1996-5/profiles.html "An Everything-Goes Sort of Company"] , "Bucknell World".] and is the son of Robert B. Beale, a former technology executive who was convicted on Federal tax charges in 2008. [http://www.startribune.com/local/18424219.html Up to 10 years in prson for millionare tax-dodger] . In 1991, Theodore Beale and Paul Sebastien founded the industrial-techno band Psykosonik that was later signed to a recording contract with Wax Trax! Records and a publishing contract with TVT Records. In 1993, Beale and Andrew Lunstad founded a Minnesota-based video game company named Fenris Wolf, developer of the game Rebel Moon (1995) and the sequel Rebel Moon Rising (1997). [http://imdb.com/title/tt0369868/combined "Rebel Moon Rising"] , "IMDB".] Fenris Wolf was developing two games, Rebel Moon Revolution and Traveller for the Sega Dreamcast, when it closed in 1999 after a legal dispute with its retail publisher GT Interactive. [http://pc.ign.com/articles/066/066861p1.html "Fenris Wolf sues GT Interactive"] , "IGN".] In 1999, under the name Eternal Warriors, Beale and Lunstad released "The War in Heaven", [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F50E13F63D5D0C7B8DDDA90994D1494D81&fta=y&archive:article_related "It's Demons vs. Angels in Computer Game With a Religious Theme"] , "The New York Times".] a Biblical video game published by Valusoft and distributed by GT Interactive. In 2008, under the name Vox Day, Beale published "The Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens", a "nontheological" [http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6536518.html "In Defense of God"] "Publisher's Weekly"] book devoted to factually refuting the arguments presented in various books by atheist authors Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Michel Onfray. The book was named a 2007 Christmas recommendation by "National Review Online". [http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NjI4NGI0ZGI3M2RkOWMxZDZkZmRlOThlOGEwNTgxZDU= "Christmas Shopping 2007"] "National Review Online"]

Work

Libertarianism

Beale is a radical libertarian and favors the legalization of all drugs, prostitution and military weaponry. He frequently criticizes conservatives, [cite web
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title = How to Argue Like a Conservative
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publisher = Worldnetdaily
date = 2005-11-07
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] especially for confusing legality with morality. He describes himself as a Christian Libertarian [cite web
last = Beale
first = Theodore
authorlink = Theodore Beale
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title = Christian and Libertarian
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publisher = Worldnetdaily
date = 2003-09-01
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] and does not adhere to conventional Libertarian party positions on legal abortion and open immigration. cite web
last = Beale
first = Theodore
authorlink = Theodore Beale
coauthors = writing as Vox Day
title = Closing the Open Door
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date = 2004-08-02
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] He opposes the war in Iraq as undeclared and unconstitutional, and has been an advocate of ending the Iraqi and Afghani military occupations since 2004. [cite web
last = Beale
first = Theodore
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title = Bring Them Home
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date = 2004-02-23
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]

Economics

Beale is an Austrian School economist and is very critical of Marxist, Keynesian, and Monetarist economics. While he favors an economics-based approach to many areas outside of economics, he is skeptical of the actual ability of economists to measure the data by which economic decisions are made. In a 2002 column, he demonstrated how the difference between the official and revised GDP numbers exceed 100 percent. He has repeatedly claimed that the official Consumer Price Index underestimate the real rate of inflation by a factor of four or more.

Christian theology and atheism

Beale is an Open Theist who has publicly expressed skepticism about God's omniscience. In The Irrational Atheist, he wrote "it is important to note that the Christian God... makes no broad claims to omniscience." He coined the term "omniderigence", which describes the doctrine of Calvinists and others who believe that God is responsible for acts of evil as divine puppet mastery. In The Irrational Atheist he postulates a Game Designer God that is loosely based on the simulation hypothesis of Nick Bostrom as a potential answer to the theological problem of evil and also claims to refute the Euthyphro Dilemma. He describes atheists as being "irrational" and "clowns of reason" [cite web
last = Beale
first = Theodore
authorlink = Theodore Beale
coauthors = writing as Vox Day
title = The Clowns of Reason
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publisher = Worldnetdaily
date = 2006-10-30
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] and blames their lack of belief in the existence of God on a "social autism" which he conjectures is the result of a mild form of Asperger's Syndrome.

Feminism, multiculturalism and equality

Beale's views on equality, women's rights, and illegal immigration have been controversial. [ [http://atheism.about.com/b/2005/08/09/womens-rights-a-disease-that-should-be-eradicated.htm Austin Cline's Agnosticism] at About.com] He is an elitist who describes himself as "openly and avowedly anti-equalitarian" and calls equality "totally absurd" and "an empirical fiction" because it "demonstrably doesn't exist in any material sense." In his commentary on abortion, he has written that calling a feminist a feminazi is "an insult to National Socialism". [cite web
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first = Theodore
authorlink = Theodore Beale
coauthors = writing as Vox Day
title = Women Hating Women
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date = 2005-01-10
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] He has called women's rights "a disease that should be eradicated." [cite web
last = Beale
first = Theodore
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title = Why women's rights are wrong
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publisher = Worldnetdaily
date = 2005-08-08
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] He also wrote that according to the traditional Judeo-Christian ethic only a woman who is not entertaining the possibility of sex with a man can be considered a "wholly innocent victim under this ethic" should she be raped, and that rape is no better or worse than extramarital sex from a moral perspective because "Christianity knows no hierarchy of sins." [cite web
last = Beale
first = Theodore
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title = The Morality of Rape
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date = 2005-12-05
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] In September 2004, Day publicly challenged conservative commentator Michelle Malkin to an on-air debate on the Northern Alliance Radio Show after writing a pair of columns criticizing numerous factual inaccuracies in her book "In Defense of Internment". Malkin declined the debate. In May 2006, Day was repeatedly criticized on air by national radio host Michael Medved for an article published on WorldNetDaily in which Day argued for the feasibility of deporting illegal immigrants "en masse" from the United States by saying that the Nazis accomplished a deportation of comparable scale in a few years. Medved called the libertarian Day "Nazi boy" and "Nazi-lover" and claimed that "he was basically taking a Nazi position." [http://voxday.blogspot.com/2006/06/pale-horse-tramples-michael-medved.html "The Michael Medved Show, June 8, 2006"] , "Vox Popoli".]

Video game works

Bibliography

As sole author

*The War in Heaven (2000) ISBN 978-0743453448
*The World in Shadow (2002) ISBN 978-0671024543
*The Wrath of Angels (2006) ISBN 978-0743469821
*The Irrational Atheist (2008) ISBN 978-1933771366
*Summa Elvetica: A Casuistry of the Elvish Controversy (2008) ISBN 978-0982104927

As a contributor

*Rebel Moon (1996), Bruce Bethke. Pocket Books. ISBN 978-0671002367
*The Anthology at the End of the Universe (2004), Glen Yeffeth (editor). BenBella Books. ISBN 978-1932100563
*Archangels: The Fall (2005) ISBN 978-1887814157
*Revisiting Narnia: Fantasy, Myth, and Religion in C.S. Lewis' Chronicles (2005), Shanna Caughey (editor). BenBella Books. ISBN 978-1932100631
*Halo Effect (2007), Glenn Yeffeth (editor). BenBella Books. ISBN 978-1933771113
*You Do Not Talk About Fight Club (2008), Chuck Palahniuk (Foreword), Read Mercer Schuchardt (Editor). BenBella Books. ISBN 978-1933771526

Discography

*Psykosonik (1993) ASIN B000003RFN
*Silicon Jesus (1993) ASIN B000003RID
*Welcome to My Mind (1993) ASIN B000003RIF
*Details Magazine Music Matters Volume 4 (1992) ASIN B000BJBNDS
*Unlearn (1995) ASIN B000003RGH
* (1997) ASIN B000000GU2
*Sunyata (2003) ASIN B0001ARVWY

Notes

External links

;Columns
* [http://voxday.net Vox Day]
* [http://voxday.blogspot.com Vox Popoli]
* [http://www.wnd.com/news/archives.asp?AUTHOR_ID=175 Archive] at WorldNetDaily;Video Games
*Allgame|4:4517
*Imdb|1389056
* [http://www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,10115/ Game bibliography] at MobyGames


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