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

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

"Culture either strengthens families, or it strengthens the state"

Joy Pullmann wisely elaborates here on the true nature of big government in her piece entitled "Parents, It’s Time To Realize Big Government Is Your Enemy".

In Scotland, six-year-old Daniel McFadyen‘s mother insists he is transgender ever since she found him gesturing at his privates in the bathtub with scissors when he was three. Even though these parents have other sons and must have seen them all playing with themselves (boys do this, as any parent of a male toddler can tell you, and it means nothing), this will now likely result in him taking “drugs to postpone puberty as well as hormone treatments, and then have gender realignment surgery” at age 18. So now we have state-encouraged and -sponsored child mutilation, and not in a Muslim country but a Western country.

Scotland is also the country that plans to appoint a “state guardian” for every child born, who will “assess a child’s ‘wellbeing’ against eight key indicators, including factors such as whether they are safe, healthy, included and respected.” What do you want to bet this guardian will not advocate for Daniel’s right not to have his parents medically and emotionally abuse him? As Walt Heyer pointed out in these pages, forerunner cases similar to Daniel’s ended in suicide, as boys abused like this ultimately have a horrifically difficult time reaching stability upon adulthood. Big surprise.

This is not only state- but culturally sanctioned child abuse, and these phenomena are growing...

... Behold just some of the many ways a centralized state is increasingly assaulting children, flinging them and their families into chaos. It does this in two ways: Sanctioning or outright demanding that people psychologically assault children; and prohibiting parents from exerting their natural and just protective influence. These are sins both of commission and omission.

... rather than properly respecting and reinforcing the greatest vehicle for social peace and prosperity—that would be the family, in case you’re societally oblivious—our social engineers insist on constantly assaulting it. They everywhere empower parents to assault their children, or impose themselves to do the assaulting after having shoved parents out of their way.

... Let’s look at the list of recently state-sanctioned child abuse: injecting a minor with permanently body-altering opposite-sex hormones; implanting pubescent girls with hormonal birth control, which can ensure she essentially never has a period; letting underage girls get abortions; teaching toddlers about homosexuality; forcing girls to undress and shower where a boy can see them in school locker rooms; putting wildly misbehaving children in classrooms so no one can learn but at least the bad kids don’t feel “left out”; teaching children to hate America; and tracking children’s private beliefs and behaviors for the rest of their lives and putting it into federal databases (PDF), then empowering bureaucrats to “modify” those beliefs and behaviors.

... Among the elites, for centuries it has been a deliberate tactic to get children away from their parents as early as possible so parents cannot pass down “provincial and outdated ideas” like their religion and love for home and country. No lesser inciters to mass murder than Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin advocated such policies. I see the attempted prohibitions against student-initiated school prayers as part of this pattern, but so are pushes for government preschool and early childcare. (Understand, I am not saying government preschool leads to mass murder, although it’s very clear that America’s young mass murderers and would-be mass murderers are linked to broken homes. I’m saying the two have philosophical linkages.)

... statists rightly see family bonds as an obstacle to their control of society. They understand there are basically two ways to manage children. One is for parents to be the primary caretakers and decisionmakers. The other is for the state to be the primary caretaker and decisionmaker. This division is as old as ancient Sparta, which took children from parents at an early age (and dissuaded adults from younger marriage) because the leaders there considered all children property of the state whose upbringing had to be directed to the state’s service. 


In 1 Sam 8:10-18, Saul warned the nation of Israel what their clamoring for civil government (a monarchy) in lieu of the theocracy would inevitably create - a tyrannical, overbearing system that they would eventually cry out for relief from. The founding fathers of the United States clearly understood this and fearing the power of civil authority (ruled by sinful man), thus sought to limit the size and power of federal government by instituting a series of effective checks and balances. Unfortunately though, the unquenchable and deadly thirst for power inherent in sinful man is too much for earthly measures to apparently effectively restrain in the long term.

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