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 11, 2016

Who crafted the cosmic architecture that spawned feminism, LGBT thought, Occupy Wall Street, and Black Lives Matter?



Pastor Peter Burfeind authored a superb article here entitled "How Western White Males Colonized The Progressive Mind". It is devastating to the progressive worldview and must-reading in entirety.

... the view that religion is a tool of oppressors used to keep the oppressed in line is taught by…a white man named Karl Marx. Or again, who wrote a book called “Self-Reliance” but a white man named Ralph Waldo Emerson? Who influenced him but a white man named Immanuel Kant? And who was re-reading Emerson when he penned his anthem to the self, “Thus Spake Zarathustra,” but…a white man named Frederick Nietzsche? Shall we go on about all the white men whose thoughts have colonized the black minds who were concerned about our white God?

... The Liar’s Paradox ponders whether you can believe a Cretan who says all Cretans are liars. How do you beat this unbeatable paradox? You do it by transcending the rules of logic to which us plebs are subject. Ultimately it’s a Gnostic position, that a certain select few have been granted a bird’s eye view of the cosmos and can see everything sub species aeternatitas.

Thus Weber can transcend his own culture and recognize the overpowering nature of culture on thought, or Marx can disconnect his theories from the regular rules of economic determinism, or Foucault can scribe language free of his own will to power, or sociology departments can claim the mantle of objective science without any sense of irony.

But here’s the thing about Marx, Weber, and Foucault. They were lily-white and—how do we put it these days—humans with penises. So are the entire stable of modernist and postmodernist thinkers who have crafted the cosmic architecture that has spawned, to pick a few relevant categories: feminism, LGBT thought, Occupy Wall Street, and Black Lives Matter.

The irony is that the very thought giving life to the accusation of Western colonialism—that dead, white Western males have constructed power structures around the globe that serve only to advance their power—is itself a colonization of black, woman, and LGBT minds by dead, white Western males! I challenge anyone to follow the history of ideas back from a modern leftist movement and not end up in a northern European cesspool of testosterone-permeated whiteness.

... Christians teach ultimately Northern African, Middle Eastern, and Greek thought and sociologists teach stuff from dead, white males. Consider the stable of Western philosophers who have constructed the cosmic architecture of the progressive mind: Hegel, Kant, Marx, Comte, Darwin, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Foucault, etc. If we were to locate “ground zero” of their epistemological universe, it would be somewhere in northwestern Germany. Sieg Heil!

By contrast, the conservative worldview arguably has as its ground zero somewhere in the Near East. Its architects range from Moses to Aristotle, from Jesus to Augustine. Augustine was an African, as was Athanasius—the “black dwarf”—who was instrumental in laying down the Christian doctrine of the Incarnation, so extremely influential in establishing Medieval theology. I suppose certain Anglo-American thinkers—Locke, Smith, Burke, Jefferson—would tug that ground zero northwest a bit, which would happily put us in Cyprus.

... What a coup, too. White males come up with the thought that all thought is determined by things like whiteness and maleness, deploring along the way how white males have a history of imposing thought structures that enhance their power, and they convince the world that nothing less than History is on the side of their white male thought, and no, that sort of thought coercion is not imposition of a thought structure! Satan couldn’t come up with better legerdemain.

... I’m having a bit of fun in the house of mirrors that is progressive epistemology. But there’s an underlying horror show suggested by my reference to the Gnostic solution to the paradox. By the standards of logic, you can’t wriggle out of the Liar’s Paradox.

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Peter brilliantly ravages the liberal progressive worldview, tracing it to the source. And who crafted this cosmic architecture that has spawned such misery and hopelessness? Dead white Europeans who are clearly at the earthly source, were but puppets. While not explicit, he slyly implies the true source with his statement that "Satan couldn’t come up with better legerdemain."

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