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, June 8, 2017

The Strange Harmony Between Secular Left and Radical Islam


Paul De Vries wonders here about the strange harmony between the secular left and radical Islam.

Comedian secular leftist Kathy Griffin's publicity photo of her holding a bloodied, severed "head" of President Trump – in ISIS style solemnity – is the most recent real-life reductio ad absurdum of tragic, shocking, seeming support of the secular left for Islamism, the violent and political distortion of Islam .....

The puzzling question remains: "What do the secular left and Islamists have in common?" Moreover, why are these two groups frequently drawn seemingly to harmonize on actions and plans so easily? After all, the disparities between the secular left and Islamists are truly overwhelming .....

.... let me briefly suggest a few hypotheses that sociologists might investigate to explore this unexpected collaborative match between these contrary groups:


1. The secular left, in spite of their public rhetoric for liberty, are de facto supporters of authoritarian thinking.  They want all their own views to be affirmed as "settled" by everyone else – much as Islamists desire ......

2. The secular left repeatedly ignore the dignity and eternal value of each human being, endorsing elective abortions even up until the birth of babies. Similarly, Islamists trash the dignity and eternal value of any person they can justify calling an "infidel"! .....

3. Most of the secular left and Islamists are also committed to identity politics rather than to principled politics and program politics. Both groups urge people to vote based upon their ethnicities

4. Perhaps most revealingly, the secular left and Islamists reject Biblical teachings, including true liberty, justice, and compassion for all in a society that both honors and trusts the living God.


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I would add that both groups share an abiding, irrational hate (way beyond mere rejection) of Biblical truth. So similar, strong and violent is the hate in each group that one wonders how much of a role demonic influence plays as both share an explosive anger to expunge Biblical truth from the public square. Ironically, the secular left would be among the very first victims of Sharia' law once implemented. Just as the Praying Mantis and Black Widow devour their mates, so will Islam eventually destroy the secular left who is truly dancing with the Devil.

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