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, August 15, 2016

The New Middle Ages

Eugene Vodolazkin, a Russian scholar specializing in the Middle Ages (primarily secular texts) has a fascinating essay here entitled "The New Middle Ages". He makes a very important point regarding medieval works - What mattered in the text was not so much who said something, but what was said. Quoting him,

"The stability of a medieval text depended in large part on its closeness to the Holy Scripture, the primary book in the Middle Ages. The Holy Scripture - the text of texts, standing at the center of spiritual life - had a special fate"

He then addresses how any text was evaluated,

Authorship was unimportant ... What mattered was the text itself and its correspondence (or lack thereof) to truth ... This is why medieval writings are, generally, anonymous."

Precisely, our attitude here at CFP.

This stands in stark contrast to today where people are largely inventing their own fantasy reality, the Bible having been relegated to obsolescence in their fatally-flawed worldview. So much for "enlightened" modernity.

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