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, August 4, 2016

The Devastating Consequences Of A Faulty Worldview



Theodore Dalrymple (video above) is well-known for chronicling the devastating effects of the progressive ideas of elites on those that they are ironically intend to help. In Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass, Dalrymple documents how the root causes of poverty are ultimately found in the ideas promoted by progressive elites and subsequently adopted by the most vulnerable classes - excusing violence, drug use, and wanton behavior. In his first-ever lecture in Washington, D.C., Dalrymple examines the flip side of the coin and discuss the innate prejudices of the elites he encounters. He exposes their moral cowardice and the self-flattering nature of their beliefs, accounting for their callous indifference to the destructive ravages that their worldview produces. Dalrymple sheds much-needed light on the appeal of liberalism and the psychological underpinnings of the elite (faulty) liberal worldview.

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We are witnessing an explosion of faulty (idealistic) worldviews across western civilization with no anchor in reality. These worldviews commonly reject any concept of original sin and naively affirm the innate goodness of all mankind. That problems clearly exist though in the "real" world, cannot be denied even by the most die-hard idealist. Thus, these problems are commonly chalked up to external factors - lack of healthcare, money, education, jobs, etc.. This results in a never-ending futile and vicious cycle of "correcting" the external factors, while ignoring the real problem.

Unfortunately, Christians are not immune to a faulty worldview. As I wrote earlier here in 2015:

Sometimes, Christians attempt to mix worldviews by living part of their life according to the truth of Scripture, but other parts of their lives in accordance with “other” worldview truth that contradicts Biblical truth.  Such a situation is a guaranteed recipe for failure on spiritual battlefields

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A tragic example of the devastating consequences of these worldviews is on display in the video here of a German woman who was raped and robbed by Muslim immigrants, and then subsequently lied about the injustice to "protect" migrant image in Germany.

Perhaps the most accurate image of today's elites is portrayed in the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. Reality has a rude way of exposing the fatal flaws of a faulty worldview in a blinding flash ...... usually too late for its' adherent.

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