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And when will the media declare her to be a cutting edge go to ‘Christian author’ because she’s dabbled in dabbling in a decontextualized clothing experiment? Because it has happened before… as you know… that someone who takes the Bible out of context and experiments with bits of it without understanding is feted by the media and becomes a darling among those who also lack any exegetical or theological sense…
With good reason. In both cases.
He’s at it again. Rabble Rouser.
I was looking at a post on the Zondervan blog. Provoked to do so by a post on Facebook. Why, oh why did I take the bait? I’ll tell you why, because it was a post, purportedly, about Calvin. So I went on over but I didn’t get very far because the caption on the image at the lead of the essay was so very, very wrong that I figured, bluntly put, that if they didn’t know enough to caption a photo properly not much else would be very helpful. Here’s what they have (or had. Who knows, they may actually change it at some point) -
Ummmm…. that’s not even close. That’s the Reformation Wall in Geneva and it wasn’t constructed until the 20th century, 5 centuries nearly after Holbein was dead. Holbein’s portrait of Calvin looks like this:
Not really even close, is it.
Mind you, I’m not just being pedantic or a putz or a jerk- my discomfort with the egregious mislabeling of an image of Calvin on a purportedly academic blog is based on the notion that, by golly if you’re going to talk about Calvin, you need to have your act together. Why not just slap a portrait of Luther up there if it matters so little that things are right.
Further, how many ignorant souls who don’t know the difference between Holbein and Picasso will now insist that the Reformation wall was constructed by Holbein because a publisher of academic works on Calvin said so.
No, I think I expect better of publishers than shoddy careless internet adverting (and Zondervan’s aim here is, of course, to sell a book. They don’t, clearly, care about historical accuracy).
I couldn’t get any further than that mislabeled photo. How could I take any of it seriously when the first ‘sentence’ was so wrong?
But why mention it, other than just wishing, evidently, to be a jerk? Because I think it should serve as a reminder to us all that we need to be accurate. There’s already enough inaccuracy on the web – tweetings by journalists pretending to be theologians and facebookings by groups that think Jesus never existed and bloggings by uninformed dilettantes on everything under the sun. Not to mention the wikipedia generation’s plagiarizing ways. Facts matter. Get it right or don’t do it at all.