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

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Tragic Consequences Of Egalitarianism

Kara Hultgreen was the first female carrier-base fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy. She was tragically killed in Oct 1994 while attempting a routine carrier landing; the accident video is here.

She is a sobering example of the ultimate fruit of Egalitarianism at a time when the U.S. military was under tremendous pressure to open the role of combat pilots to women. An Accuracy in Media report quotes Commander Tom Sobiek, commanding officer of training Fighter Squadron VF-124, as saying of the first 4 female pilots in his squadron (which included Hultgreen) that "the women are going to graduate regardless of how they performed" and reports that "the Navy was in a race with the Air Force to get the first female fighter pilot". The Center for Military Readiness (CMR) suggested that Hultgreen "may have been the victim of a flawed policy" which overlooked her mistakes in training, two of which were similar to those that caused her death. The Navy subsequently conceded that the material on which the CMR based its report was "largely accurate".

A.V. Yader chronicles the deadly consequences of the forced egalitarian policy here in an article entitled "The Deadly Consequences Of Feminist Propaganda In The US Navy". While not writing from a Biblical perspective, he correctly identifies that it's a sad case of ideology colliding with reality.

After the fatal accident, the Navy tried to cover up the truth by publicly proclaiming that mechanical failure was the cause and the accident was unavoidable. But their whitewash was exposed by the undercover leak of the formal Mishap Investigation Report (MIR) issued by the Navy Safety Center which found pilot error was in fact the cause. The full MIR is here.

Yader paints the ugly truth from a secular perspective:

That is what feminism gives us. It gives us silence in the face of inadequacy, even if that inadequacy can result in the loss of life. It ties the hands and gags the mouths of the reasonably minded and the responsible. It gives us cover-ups and subterfuge in lieu of the fervent thoroughgoing truth. It erodes the morale of the profoundly talented, while giving the deficient a place and a voice that they do not deserve, and did not earn. Feminism is a systematically imposed mechanism that saddles men with the responsibility of compensating for the frailty and biologically imposed limitations bestowed upon women ...

Recent long-term studies affirm that feminism (a form of Egalitarianism) is proving disastrous for family life and women. University of Pennsylvania researchers Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers studied the happiness of women in the United States from the 1970s through present day and found an astounding conclusion: the more society accommodated women, gave them jobs, and scholarships, and supported them living single, and encouraged them to pursue their own private dreams and goals, to dress and act as masculine as they wanted to, and to shun any ideas of universal beauty or happiness in pursuit of their own private desires, the LESS happy they were. From the paper’s abstract:

By many objective measures the lives of women in the US have improved over the past 35 years, yet we show that measures of subjective well-being indicate that women’s happiness has declined both absolutely and relative to men.  The paradox of women’s declining relative well-being is found across various datasets, measures of subjective well-being, and is pervasive across demographic groups and industrialized countries.  Relative declines in female happiness have eroded a gender gap in happiness in which women in the 1970s typically reported higher subjective well-being than did men.  These declines have continued and a new gender gap is emerging–one with higher subjective well-being for men.

Norah Vincent discovered in her book "Self Made Man" where she spent one year living as a man, that females are very unhappy when living a masculine life. Over the past 30 years, women’s education levels have risen and then surpassed men, contraception offered them control over fertility and allowed them to freely have premarital sex, technology and modern appliances have taken over many domestic duties, women have made huge advances in the workforce, and in many cases out-earn men. Social changes have accepted lesbianism, out-of-wedlock births, trannys, tattoos, piercings and neon hair. And yet, the study shows that women’s unhappiness increased by the same amount as an 8.5% increase in the published government unemployment rate. In other words, the level of unhappiness women experienced would be the same the general population experienced if the unemployment rate went from 5.1% to 13.6%.

Earlier I write here on the devastating effects on women when Egalitarians forced their politically-correct agenda onto the culture. In 2006, Wayne Grudem warned that Egalitarianism was the new path to theological liberalism as pointed out by Al Mohler here. Grudem handles the subject in extensive detail, providing a comprehensive defense of Complementarianism in his monumental work here entitled "Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth."

The intervening years have proven Grudem correct as the culture descends ever deeper into gender confusion and moral bankruptcy.

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