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



Sunday, July 30, 2017

Our "Helm's Deep" in the cultural battle for truth


Carl R. Trueman, Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, asserts here in his essay entitled "Out Cultural Waterloo" that the cultural Battle of Waterloo will be won—or lost—on the campuses of Christian colleges.

...... How Christian colleges respond to all this will be critical. The desire expressed by some to dialogue with their opponents on this matter is not a good sign. At worst, it represents the cynical prelude to capitulation: “We listened, we heard, we changed.” At best, it represents a miscalculation based upon the naïve idea that both sides have some level of mutual respect and an interest in co-existence. There is no evidence that this is the case.......

...... The dominant philosophy in so many secular humanities departments—that there is nothing so complicated in history or literature that it cannot be reduced to a simple question of power and exploitation—has allowed academia to be hijacked by those who are marked less by their knowledge of their subject than by their ability to spout angry clichés about privilege and power and hegemony. These people represent the spirit of the age, and their language is seeping into Christian discourse. In some colleges, it may not be the administrators who lead the charge for change.......

...... Colleges are where the battle for the minds of the next generation will take place. And Christian colleges cannot win merely by shouting Bible verses, however sophisticated their idiom. Nor will they win by good old-fashioned arguments resting on logic and reason. That’s not how it works any more.

....... Waterloo will be won—or lost—on the college campuses. Campuses will be in the legal and cultural frontline. Now is the time to take that truth to heart and to act upon it.

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I believe Trueman is correct about the cultural front lines being college campuses. He is also correct in his view that dialogue with the enemy of truth is never a good thing. It is precisely what has led to capitulation on part of many churches regarding homosexual marriage.

In Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, the fortress of Helm's Deep was where the defenders of righteousness withdraw to as the final fortress sanctuary where the war will ultimately either be won or lost. The battle for traditional secular colleges has already been lost, and the remaining faithful Christian colleges are part of the "Helm's Deep" for our age in the cultural war on truth. They - along with the churches - represent the final fortress sanctuary and bastion of truth.




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