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Tony Davis

Author / Professional Writer

Location icon United States

Tony Davis is a retired Army officer, former Country Director for a congressionally chartered nonprofit organization in South Korea, civil servant, and professional writer.

Across 21 years, Tony served his country in the United States Army as a career military intelligence officer, retiring from Joint Forces Command / Special Operations Command as a lieutenant colonel. From commissioning to retirement, Tony served in a wide variety of staff and leadership positions globally, including combat operations in Iraq. Among his overseas assignments and deployments are Germany, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Egypt, Croatia, Spain, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Bangladesh, and many others.

Tony is the author of numerous articles and blog posts as well as the book, God Loves You: Some Restrictions May Apply (and Many Other Christian Dilemmas) (2019). He is available for freelance writing and editing, with a special affinity for science, travel, politics, and theological topics.

Tony holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and two master’s degrees: in international relations from Troy University and professional writing from New York University. He is a graduate of both the US Army Command and General Staff College and the Joint Forces Staff College. His hobbies include SCUBA diving, paragliding, classical guitar, and a passion for traveling (fifty-one countries and forty-five states so far and counting).

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01/07/2019
Tony Davis - God Loves You: Some Restrictions May Apply (And Many Other Christian Dilemmas)

God Loves You: Some Restrictions May Apply (and Many Other Christian Dilemmas) is written by a fairly well-educated, extensively travelled former Southern Baptist Bible Banger (SB3), professional layman, retired military intelligence officer, and keen observer of the human condition who happens to be fascinated with what we believe, why, and the effects of those beliefs on society. This is an appeal to honesty in the terms of epistemological disquisition, a critical analysis of the major...

YouTube
04/07/2020
Tony Davis

Author interview conducted in August, 2019.

Thisibelieve
02/26/2010
Tony Davis - I Believe There is Wonder in the Universe

I am often asked the question, “If you don’t believe in God, then what DO you believe in?” Implicit in this question is an accusation – if you don’t believe in God then you must not believe in anything of any importance, and on issues of right and wrong, good and evil, you must somehow be ambivalent at best – there must be no place within your heart for wonder. This is a sophism upon which I am obliged to opine.

Medium
05/15/2020
Petra - A Drive By of the Rose City

Petra, sometimes called the Rose City owing to the fantastic structures carved from the pink sandstone hills in the area, is located in southern Jordan. By the way, Petra is derived from the Greek word for “rock,” so the name is fitting. The area around Petra was inhabited as early as about 9,000 years ago. It became the capital of the Nabatean civilization around 200 BCE. The Nabateans were largely nomadic Arabs who took great advantage of Petra’s location to establish a major trading hub.

Medium
04/20/2020
Cambodia - A Temporal Drive-by of the Khmer Empire

Properly done, travel can be more than simply moving about physical locations, it can be a form of time travel. Seeing ancient sites gives me a feeling of connection to our shared history and humanity. The sites around Siep Reap, Cambodia is rich with such possiblities.

Medium
04/13/2020
Costa Rica - Pura Vida!

Costa Rica is a fun, laid-back, multi-cultural, peaceful Central American nation. I was happy to have Costa Rica be the fiftieth country I've visited and the fourth that does not have a standing military. I also planned to visit Panama, which also does not have a standing Army, but that didn't work out and will have to come later.

Medium
02/06/2020
Where in the World Was My 51st Country?

Helen Keller said, "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." I could not agree more. Life truly should be lived on purpose. Don't just be a passive observer. Go out and aggressively engage with the world around you.

Medium
02/28/2020
A Drive-by of Madrid

It had been a hectic few months, replete with demands of work and school. I wanted to take advantage of Spring Break and the relative lull before the rush of completing the Spring semester and all that awaited at my day job. But where to go?

Medium
02/07/2020
A Short, But Full, Trip to Belize

Belize has been on the bucket list for quite some time. The initial infatuation with this small Central American country mostly revolved around SCUBA diving in the Great Blue Hole. As it turns out, the Great Blue Hole will have to wait for the next visit, but there was so much more to do and see, and a number of surprises along the way!

Medium
02/07/2020
Iceland - The Land of Fire and Ice

Something I like to do when traveling is to play a game with family and friends on social media where I drop obscure clues about wherever I happen to be and the first person to guess where I am wins...

Medium
02/10/2020
Switzerland - Rheinfall and Schloss Laufen

Where in the World Travel Game: I often travel without telling anyone (other than a trusted agent) where I am going. Clues are dropped along the way on social media, and the first person to correctly guess the location wins a small gift card.

Medium
06/25/2020
Living With Yoda (the Cat)

"On the other hand, a cat's love is like that of an aging, jaded, crack-addicted prostitute. It's there for you when the cat needs it. It's there with conditions. It's there when there's something in it for the cat." These past couple of months have been something I would not have predicted even two months earlier.

Medium
04/04/2020
We should not be distracted by the COVID-19 survival rate

I have seen many social media posts in the past few days focusing on the survival rate among those infected with the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. These posts and even some media reports appeal to an emphasis on the fact that most of the people infected with the coronavirus survive rather than the number of deaths.

Medium
06/05/2020
An Atheist's Morning Rant About (Some) Atheists

A few years back, I saw an interesting talk by astronomer Phil Plait about not being a dick when dealing with people of differing opinions. This talk resonated with me for several reasons. First, I have always preferred to treat everyone with a basic level of respect and dignity, at least until they prove utterly unworthy of it.

Medium
02/13/2020
Cognitive Dissonance: The True Nature of The Good Book

NOTE: This blog is one in a series of companion pieces to my book God Loves You: Some Restrictions May Apply (And Many Other Christian Dilemmas) . References to chapters and other topics of discussions are to that book.

Medium
02/29/2020
An Atheist's Defense of Bible Reading - Despite its Myriad Flaws

NOTE: This blog is one in a series of companion pieces to my book God Loves You: Some Restrictions May Apply (And Many Other Christian Dilemmas) . References to chapters and other topics of discussions are to that book. When I think of all the harm [the Bible] has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it.

Medium
02/10/2020
Is the Old Testament Trustworthy?

In this, the first of a series of articles that investigate the truth claims of the Bible, some of the extraordinary claims of the book of Genesis, are evaluated. Part two will address the reliability of the New Testament, and this will be followed by an investigation into the various other claims of truth and wisdom attributed to the Bible.

VAntage Point
04/06/2021
Virtual Veterans Experience Action Centers helps thousands - VAntage Point

Virtual Veterans Experience Action Centers, or V-VEACs, continue to improve outcomes for Veterans, family members, caregivers and survivors across the nation. The program was established to proactively assist Veterans in a selected state with a one-stop resource for all their needs.

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