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 14, 2018
500 years ago the same thing happened
“So Luther was using the new technology of printing to do an end run around the cultural elites who formed the previously impenetrable wall of ecclesiastical power. Suddenly history—via Gutenberg—had provided options that had not hitherto existed, and Luther would master this new way of reaching the people and fomenting a widespread uprising against the distant, out-of-touch taskmasters.”
Excerpt From: Metaxas, Eric. “Martin Luther.” Penguin Publishing Group, 2017-10-03. iBooks.
It's interesting that 500 years ago the cultural elite of the time were blindsided by the new technology of the printing press which dramatically reduced their control over the people by forging new avenues of communication that could easily bypass those in power.
The same thing is now happening in our lifetime with the advent of the Internet.
Prior to the Internet, the cultural elite controlled the media for the most part, determining what "truth" would reach the common people. And where/when necessary, the "truth" would be modified before dissemination. All that changed in 1998 when the extramarital affair of then-President Bill Clinton was publicly revealed on the Internet. Since then, the Internet has offered access to information heretofore unavailable to the public at large - so much so that the cultural elite are alarmed. Recognizing their loss of authority, we increasingly see proposals for controls over the available information on the web. Of course, the curbs would be designed and implemented by the cultural elite themselves - hopefully returning them to their self-appointed rule.
But it may be too late as the cat is already out of the bag. The Internet has the potential to exert a much more powerful and far-reaching effect on the world than did the invention of the printing press. And that doesn't sit well with those in power who often seek to shield the truth from those they rule over.
Just as the truth set many free 500 years ago with the Reformation, may the same thing happen now.