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



Friday, October 7, 2016

A compass that "determines" direction on its own without outside reference is useless



Mark Signorelli doesn't pull any punches here in his editorial entitled "If We Can’t Distinguish Between God And Satan, Society’s Going To Hell".

... The story deserves far more attention than it has received thus far. It shows that our civilization has lost the capacity to make even the most elementary moral and social distinctions. Despite what the half-witted sophists buzzing around such issues often say, there is nothing complicated about the distinction between God and Satan. There is not the least difficulty, to a sensible person, deciding which of these two names ought to have a place in the education of young children, or on the statues in our public squares. Even to the thoroughgoing atheist who regards these names as nothing more than mere symbols, what they symbolize is a matter of clearest preference: a matter of good over evil.

This is a basic conceptual distinction that all other civilizations have managed to make. Yet we cannot make it.

... we find ourselves as a society incapable of making the distinctions that every society prior to our own has managed to make.

... So our waning ability to make any moral or social distinctions should be seen for what it is: a symptom of the perilous decline in our stock of public rationality. A world without distinctions is a world without reason. That is the world we live in now.

... Picture a boy strolling through a garden with his father. The garden is planted with many lush fruit trees—some salubrious, some poisonous. The child asks his father which plants are safe to eat. In response, the father merely shrugs, and answers, “You must figure these things out on your own.” The child reaches his hand out to the closest branch, trembling at the consequences of his uninformed decision. This is a perfect distillation of the way America raises its children now.

... the Constitution cannot save us now. The law cannot save us now. Without any prior philosophical grounding, law codes become almost endlessly pliable in the hands of the most powerful, and may even become instruments of confusion, rather than a bulwark against it.

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Earlier I commented here on the plethora of fantasy worldviews now held by most Americans. Most of those ensnared in their fictitious worldviews are incapable of correctly discerning good and evil. Why? Because that kind of judgment ultimately requires absolute truth. If truth is limited to our world and experience, then it is inevitably subject to our changing laws, whims, capricious dictates and lunacy. Truth becomes whatever we make it to be. What's "true" today may not be tomorrow and vice-versa.

For moral truth to be meaningful, it must be absolute - i.e., exist unchanging above and beyond us. A compass works as a reliable guide because magnetic north exists outside and beyond the compass as a point of absolute and immovable reference. A compass that "determines" direction on its own without outside reference is useless for any practical purpose other than getting the user hopelessly lost. (As I commented earlier here, I believe the strongest philosophical argument for the existence of God is the moral argument.)

The descent from a moral society into paganism began when we jettisoned absolute truth for a pie-in-the-sky promise of "freedom" ... the same lie that was offered millennia ago in Eden and got us into this mess in the first place.

The good news is that the One who defines moral truth by His very nature, offers us redemption and restoration. But only on His terms.

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