I am Logan M. Isaac. I am a Christian soldier and Iraq veteran writing the wake of war as an author, advocate, and academic in an effort to cultivate conversation and community around religion and armed service.
My honorable but reluctant discharge from the Army in 2006 — and the unforgettable trials endured during that time — solidified a political and religious awakening in me upon my release. As depression reared its ugly head, I realized: If I could leverage value out of my experience, it wouldn’t conquer me. If I learned something valuable with meaning and substance, I could master it…instead of it mastering me.
It led me to dig; to ask questions. Can a Christian be a combatant? Can we live as honest people in the eyes of both God and country? Is there something beyond the binaries we set up between Patriot and Pacifist?
The fact is that I’m relatively stubborn. Things have to be awoken within me. These questions sparked a fire that has lit my path ever since, a path where I stir up ideas and inspire conversations amongst others.
I work from a place of first-hand experience, not abstractions. I first began mentoring veterans from this place in 2006. Now, more than a decade later, I’ve used my own awakening to act as a bridge from the ivory tower of academia, jargon, and technicalities through the historical practices of the Church to the actual lived experience of Christian soldiers. This is the journey that’s led me to a calling of speaking, consulting, writing, and education.
My rigorous academic training resulted in my graduating magna cum laude from the largest private university in Hawaii, after which I earned a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) from Duke University and Master of Letters (M. Litt) from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
My accomplishments as an author, advocate, and academic — as well as my work serving and supporting Christian and veteran communities — is amplified by my personal blessings as a partner and dad at home in Durham, NC.
Others have noted my intellectual dexterity as a theologian-practitioner. It’s a balance I strive to maintain as I approach all of my work grounded in the everyday experiences, anxieties, and intentions of ordinary people.
Together, we can challenge the black and white binaries around religion and military service to create conversation and community in the gray area where it’s most needed.