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

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Why We’ll Never End Abortion Until We Shrink Government

R. J. Ryder offers her wisdom here that we will never end abortion until we shrink government.

...  it will not change the culture that demands abortion like harpies screaming for their bloody feast. Abortion is a demand-side problem, and reducing its supply cannot ultimately solve it.

... We cannot simply hope to use legislation to solve the problem of abortion, but must look to addressing the root of the problem. Abortion is a symptom of a systemic disease. This disease is moral hazard, a metastasized cancer wreaking havoc on society at every level. Its only cure is a return to individual liberty and personal responsibility.

... Every governmental intrusion into our lives that undermines personal responsibility results in moral hazard. 

... This is evident in the state’s active role in creating broken homes by undermining fathers. When government rewards single-parent households while financially penalizing intact families, it teaches men that not only are they not needed, but that women and children are better off without them. Is it any wonder that our inner cities have epidemics of single mothers and deadbeat dads?

Welfare programs ultimately harm the people they were designed to help. 

... Many couples also would love to adopt but couldn’t afford the $10,000 to $40,000 an adoption would cost them. Adoption should be a feasible option, but once again, government regulation has disincentivized a virtuous practice. Government should instead deregulate adoption and allow hopeful couples to purchase a child’s parental rights, and everyone will be happier (except for Planned Parenthood).

... Instead, however, our society has been teaching young people that their best hope for a happy and fulfilled life is earning advanced degrees, making lots of money, being “beautiful,” and having many sexual partners. We teach them that getting pregnant will only keep them from reaching “their full potential,” while we should be teaching them that we reach our full potential by dealing with challenges head-on without wronging others in the process. Our society has taught them that avoiding responsibility and escaping consequences in order to pursue one’s own agenda, even if it means you have to kill your own children, is a virtue worthy of praise.

... If you want less abortion, we need less government. In every area of our lives, we’ve been conditioned to expect to be able to do whatever we want without suffering any consequences. Abortion is just one more symptom of this systemic disease that has been eating away at self-ownership for decades. If you fight for legal measures to protect the unborn but do not work to reduce the size of government, the pro-life cause will always be struggling against the cultural current.



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