Zwinglius Redivivus

It’s Almost Like Pete Enns Doesn’t Mind Being Disliked

Posted in media by Jim on October 7, 2014

Zondervan Isn’t Alone in Being Pretty Unfamiliar With Reformers

Posted in media by Jim on October 4, 2014

Jona Lendering sends this along- the headline of which reads ‘Calvin has done so much for this country’…


Oh journalists… you’re really just the worst aren’t you.

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Oh Zondervan Academic, You Make me Laugh

Posted in Dilettante, media by Jim on October 4, 2014

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.

‘YaY’… Another Roma Downey Mark Burnett ‘Distortion of History’ Mini-Series…

Posted in media by Jim on September 30, 2014

The Dovekeepers’  the 4-hour CBS Mini Series ‘The Dovekeepers’ is due to start shooting in Malta shortly. ‘The Dovekeepers’ is a CBS mini-series event from executive producer Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, which will be broadcast in 2015.

‘The Dovekeepers’ is based on Alice Hoffman’s acclaimed historical novel about four extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada. Set in ancient Israel, ‘The Dovekeepers’ is based on true events of Masada in 70 CE. After being forced out of their home in Jerusalem by the Romans, 900 Jews were ensconced in a fortress at Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert.

The Mini-series will recount the unfolding events from the perspective of four extraordinary women who arrive at Masada with unique backstories, but who share a common bond for survival. The Chilean actress Cote de Pablo, Player Diego Boneta and Manhattan actress Rachel Brosnahan have all been casted for leading roles.

Oh… boy…  Let the misprision commence.

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Fun Facts from the Law

Posted in media by Jim on September 28, 2014

“If a child burps during church, his parent may be arrested. (Nebraska)” (via LawFactz on the twitter).

Does that mean, though, that if they scream and bellow they can be drawn and quartered?

Were it Not For That Dashboard Camera…

Posted in media, misery, Modern Culture by Jim on September 26, 2014

I very much doubt the trooper who shot a man simply retrieving his license would even be suspected of a crime.

One moment, a man reaches into his vehicle after a South Carolina trooper asked for his driver’s license.  Seconds later, the trooper shoots him, and the man asks why. Days afterward, prosecutors aren’t satisfied with the answer.  Authorities released dash-camera video Wednesday showing what they say is Sean Groubert, a decorated South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper, shooting Levar Jones, who was unarmed, in the parking lot of a gas station just outside Columbia on September 4.  Jones, 35, survived the shooting. But Groubert, who has since been fired for the incident, has been charged with aggravated assault and battery, a felony that could get him up to 20 years in prison if convicted, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said Wednesday.

Shoot first seems to be the policy of many- especially when the suspect is non-white.

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DirecTV’s Football Fail

Posted in media, misery, soccer by Jim on September 24, 2014

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Bad News on the Ebola Front

Posted in media, misery by Jim on September 23, 2014

The Washington Post alerts via email

The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could reach 1.4 million by the end of January if trends continue without an immediate and massive scale-up in response, according to a new estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report released Tuesday is a tool the agency has developed to help with efforts to slow transmission of the epidemic and estimate the potential number of future cases. Researchers say the total number of cases is vastly underreported by a factor of 2.5 in Sierra Leone and Liberia, two of the three hardest-hit countries. Using this correction factor, researchers estimate that approximately 21,000 total cases will have occurred in Liberia and Sierra Leone by Sept. 30. Reported cases in those two countries are doubling approximately every 20 days, researchers said.

Ummm… might want to get a handle on this, you sciency people.

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The Genuinely Invincible Ignorance of Today’s Wikipedia Consulting Internet ‘Experts’

Posted in loathing, media, misery, Modern Culture by Jim on September 22, 2014

Give a person the internet and they will often take advantage of it to put on parade their invincible and unredeemable dilettantish ignorance.  For instance, A-J Levine, one of the finest scholars of the NT presently working wrote a piece for CNN the other day on the parables of Jesus.  Unsurprisingly, she got a good bit of push-back from the slathering unwashed ignorant mob.  Here are some of the comments offered by that lot:

On Sep 21, 2014, at 11:48 PM, wrote:

Must Look good on a resume! I read your article on The prodigal son. Your words made absolute no sence? Not only was it mind numbing, It cluded to no truth or conclusion. This was simply a parable. You tried to make it something silly. If you don’t believe in faith and or God that’s fine. Don’t write A stupid article that makes no sense!


Good heavens… a person without any skills in grammar at its most basic lecturing someone about an article? Here’s another-

You are burying yourself in a mountain of arrogance. Do you know what you sound like? “I care about this more than you do, and I know about this more than you do, and I see the details more than you do, and I am a university professor and you are not, you little peasant, and therefore I will not deign to talk to you because you are insignificant.”

That is what I hear from you. In fact, the first part is almost verbatim what you said. Ironically the truth is that I know more about all of these things than you do, and a sign of that is how wrong you were. My opinion is that you aren’t responding to my points because you know you are wrong, but you are too conceited to admit being wrong, and therefore don’t want to entertain and legitimize that idea by conversing with me.

As I said before, I was not trying to insult you. Because you are arrogant, you feel like my criticisms are insults, but really I’m just trying to help you by showing you how wrong you are so you can correct yourself and prevent displaying such foolishness in the future.

As for your comment about the purity rules, you even refuse to accept that you did not know the facts, which are plain for everyone to see. The Bible clearly states that the Levites are forbidden from touching dead bodies, but you did not know that and claimed otherwise. And when I correct you, you arrogantly claim that I am in the wrong.

Also, I never believed that purity rituals were involved in the parable. The parable itself never mentions purity, it simply mentions that the first two individuals passed by the traveler; it doesn’t mention their motives for not helping him (but we are led to assume it’s because they don’t care about him). Your assertion that the purity rituals are unimportant is not something anyone would have considered in the first place, and I certainly never took it that way or thought it was an issue. Why would I? Those verses never in any way imply that the priest and Levite passed for reasons involving the purity rules. The only reason I can think that you would bring them up at all is because you lack knowledge of those parables and thought that it was part of the parable. Those little details though… haha.

I’ve met a lot of people in academia like you. Nothing I can say will change your mind, you know you’re perfect and therefore anything anyone else says is meaningless because you already know everything. I understand, carry on then.


What a ghastly ignoramus! And one final example-

Hello Mrs. Levine,

I just finished reading your article on CNN about the four parables we all got wrong and I feel compelled to email you and comment on it. Now it may seem like I’m trying to offend you with what I write but what I’m really trying to do is help you. Because people like me, when we read the kind of stupidity that you displayed in your article, well let’s just say it doesn’t look good for you or the institution you represent.

Let’s just talk about the first parable you discussed in your article, the prodigal son. At the end of that section you concluded that the parable is literally about COUNTING!!!! At first I laughed and thought you were joking. I thought to myself there is no way an intelligent person can come away with that conclusion, so there must be more. But no, it seems from the article that you actually believe that the parable of the prodigal son is a lesson in elementary school level mathematics.

Let me ask you a question: Are you insane? Are you ABSOLUTELY BATS@#T INSANE? Or are you just extremely stupid and ignorant? Because those are really the only two options for someone who reads that parable and comes away thinking that Jesus is trying to teach people how to count, reducing him to nothing more than a glorified 1st grade math teacher.

Forget the other three parables you talked about, which you butchered equally bad, while inconspicuously (not really) throwing in some of your personal political beliefs about employment and such. It’s enough to read the first part of your article and realize how deluded you are.

How on earth did you become a university professor? Does their employment non-discrimination clause include a line for very, very dumb people? You are an embarrassment to academia and Vanderbilt. You probably think you are really smart, and you probably thought people would read your article and be impressed with your insight and sagacity, didn’t you? And what’s worse, you are actually supposed to be someone who studies this stuff and teaches about it to other people. You are an immense shame and I shudder to think that there are probably lots of foolish, ignorant people like you in our universities who can’t see their own lunacy because of how arrogant they are.

I laugh at your ignorance and idiocy. I truly laugh to think that you sit there believing you are smart, but at the same time display such overt foolishness and outright stupidity. Do yourself a favor, next time you write something that will be read by large numbers of people, make sure it actually makes sense and doesn’t expose your absolutely lack of anything resembling intelligence. That way you won’t shame yourself and your colleagues in the process.


Sigh… The internet is a great tool if you know how to use it. But it turns so many into tools that I sometimes think the bad outweighs the good. I do have to give A-J this, though- she is far more patient with such sots than I would be. My response would be far simpler- Here’s your dilly, now move along and get back to marrying your sister.


CNN … You’re Just Fox News With Different Letters

Posted in media by Jim on September 19, 2014

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