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

Thursday, October 15, 2015

'Convert or die, the caliphate is here'

Assyrian Christians in Gothenburg have been threatened with messages linked to Islamic State, according to local reports. Swedish Daily Newspaper 'Dagens Nyheter' (DN) reports that ISIS symbols and other graffiti were found painted on two stores owned by Assyrians on Tuesday. Along with the ISIS logo, "the caliphate is here", "convert or die" and the Arabic letter 'N', ن, were also painted on the walls of the Le Pain Francois bakery and the next-door pizzeria.

Short for Nazarene, ن was painted on homes belonging to Christians by ISIS militants in Mosul when it was captured last year to identify members of the faith. Jihadists later drove them out of the city, telling them to either flee, convert to Islam, or pay a tax. Those who refused were killed.

"I felt a sudden chill down my spine. It's terribly painful, we feel threatened," Markus Samuelsson, who owns Le Pain Francois, told DN.

"Our family fled Turkey for Sweden in the 70s. What we're exposed to reminds us of the stories we were told as children. It's very real and threatening, and we're terrified."

Story is here.

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