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



Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Ancient Tactics Of Evil


"His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it."

Wondering where this passage originated? Many would likely contribute it to a contemporary source. But this text comes from an post-WW2 analysis of Adolf Hitler's strategies and use of the "Big Lie" to manipulate and control the masses, as prepared by the United States Office of Strategic Services. (i.e., see here).

A "big lie" (German: große Lüge) is a propaganda technique. The expression was coined by Adolf Hitler, when he dictated his 1925 book Mein Kampf, about the use of a lie so "colossal" that no one would believe that someone "could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously." Hitler falsely claimed the technique was used by Jews to blame Germany's loss in World War I on German Army officer Erich Ludendorff, similar to the way the blood libel, the claim that Jews sacrificed babies, was used as justification to persecute Jews throughout the middle ages.

Of course, the origin of the "big lie" is much more ancient. It was originally perpetrated with devastating effect by the author of evil millennia ago in Eden. Mankind continuously fails to heed the warning of Ecclesiastes 1:9: "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun."


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