Why Akathleptos?

Why Akathleptos? Because it means Uncontainable. God is infinite. Hence, the whole universe cannot contain Him. The term also refers to the incomprehensibility of God. No man can know everything about God. We can know Him personally but not exhaustively, not even in Heaven.

Why Patmos? Because the church is increasingly marginalized and exiled from the culture.

Why Pen-Names? So the focus is on the words and not who wrote them. We prefer to let what we say stand on its own merit. There is precedent in church history for this - i.e., the elusive identity of Ambrosiaster who wrote in the 4th century A.D.

“Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it." Blaise Pascal

Monday, September 21, 2015

The Confusing World Of Andy Stanley (continued)

I posted earlier on the confusing world of Andy Stanley. Here is yet another example. I believe I know what he's trying to say (i.e., that the NT wasn't codified until 4 centuries after Christ), but his statement that the "Bible" didn't exist for 300 years after Christ is patently false.  Of course the Jewish OT existed by the time of Christ. And the NT letters existed and were in circulation among the churches towards the end of the first century.

Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, addressed the problem of spurious and heretical books on Jan. 7, A.D. 367, when he wrote his annual Easter letter to his churches. It was a landmark letter because it contained the same list of 27 books of the New Testament that are found in our Bibles today. To our knowledge, Athanasius was the first early Church Father to compile a list of New Testament books exactly as we know them today. Bruce Metzger, New Testament scholar, wrote, “The year 367 marks, thus, the first time that the scope of the New Testament canon is declared to be exactly the twenty-seven books accepted today as canonical.” But Athanasius did not "invent" the list; he merely affirmed what was in practice and commonly accepted among the churches. When Athanasius released his list of NT books, he was ratifying what the churches had been using for centuries and regarded as inspired Scripture.

Clearly, the churches had widespread access to copies of virtually all the NT books during the centuries before Athanasius's letter. (Has Stanley not read the writings of the early church fathers where they repeatedly quote Scripture?) Andy Stanley's poor scholarship and false statements speaking-off-the-cuff are unnecessarily confusing at best and blatantly misleading at worst.

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