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

Monday, February 12, 2018

Modern psychology fails because it does not postulate a true understanding of the nature of man

I’ve started reading the 800 page “Introduction To The Science of Mental Health” by Dr. Chad Ripperberger (book is here on Amazon) who is both a psychologist and theologian. (He is also a trained exorcist, although the demonic occupies very little of the book.) He powerfully argues that modern psychology is doomed to fail because it does not postulate the true authentic view of man (i.e., no understanding of the immaterial, spiritual aspect of man.) He provides extensive treatment of the spiritual aspect of mental health – for example, virtue enlightens the intellect while sin darkens it. Habitual sin can cause mental illness, that is, it can cause a person not to see things as they really are (to see what is evil as good, and what is good as evil). Drawing heavily upon the work of Thomas Aquinas, he persuasively draws the connection between morality and psychology – i.e.,  between goodness and psychological well-being.  It is because we live in a society that condones moral evil – that is, which condones sin – and that glories in subjectivism rather than an acceptance of true objective reality – among other reasons – that we live in such a mentally unhealthy and unstable society. He has a remarkable track record of getting patients off antipsychotic medication within 30 days of treatment. The book is quite exhaustive; it will take me months to plow through it ....

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