Luther once remarked
“The world has now become very sure of itself. It relies on books and thinks that if these are read it knows everything. The devil almost succeeded in getting me, too, to become lazy and secure and to think: ‘Here you have the books. If you read them you’ll have the answers.’ So the fanatics and sacramentarians suppose that because they have read only one little book they know everything.
Against such security I pray the catechism every day like my little Hans and ask God to keep me in his dear, holy Word, lest I grow weary of it.”
The world today is packed to the roof with sacramentarians and fanatics. And they’re all experts on scripture and theology because once upon a time they read a book…
Not only does wikipedia offer misinformation by the truckload, it also thinks a monkey can hold copyright of a picture…
Wikimedia, the non-profit organisation behind Wikipedia, has refused a photographer’s repeated requests to stop distributing his most famous shot for free – because a monkey pressed the shutter button and should own the copyright.
Did the monkey post the photo too, Wikimedia? Has the monkey written in and said that he likes his selfie a lot and wants it to be online? Did, Wikimedia, the monkey give his permission for his image to be used? If not, then the monkey has grounds to complain. If not, then he doesn’t.
But, anyway, thanks Wikimedia, for reminding us how really useless and senseless your ‘service’ is.
CNN must be having a very hard time finding anyone besides Aslan to be one of their talking heads. In fact, TV in general must be having a hard time finding sensible and actual experts in all kinds of fields.
First Aslan appeared in the mildly interesting Bible series that aired a while back as an expert on the Historical Jesus (even though he isn’t). And in the last few days he’s been on CNN debating (if you could call it that- and you can’t) the situation in the Middle East.
Which is it Aslan? Are you an expert on biblical interpretation and Early Christianity or are you an expert on foreign affairs? Or are you really just the only guy CNN can find who is willing to talk about subjects far outside his field just so as to be on the tv box?
And shame on you CNN. Try harder. Find actual experts. Or just show footage of Blitzer pointing at a map of Iraq and calling it Afghanistan. That, you’re good at.
Like Coulter, he is a publicity whore. Like Coulter, he seldom knows what he’s talking about. Like Coulter, he loves the spotlight. Like Coulter, he befouls himself with more ignorance about theology and religion than a herd of swine wallowing in their own excrement. Like Coulter, he is either a moron, a liar, or a complete imbecile. Perhaps it’s all three.
In any event, Richard Dawkins is the UK’s Ann Coulter. And he should be understood as such. Nothing more.
It can sink no lower.
Inside Higher Ed has a story about an Illinois university which has decided to make ‘League of Legends’ a varsity sport and award a number of scholarships to boot:
In the latest blow to the nerd-jock distinction, an Illinois university has added video games to its varsity sports lineup.Robert Morris University-Illinois, a 7,000-student private institution with its main campus in Chicago, announced this month that it would incorporate eSports – organized video-game competitions – into its athletic program. Starting in September, League of Legends players will join hockey goalies, quarterbacks and point guards as varsity athletes at the Chicago campus. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.League of Legends is an online multiplayer battle-arena video game. More than 27 million people play it each day, according to Riot Games, which developed the game.The Chicago-based university, which has no affiliation with Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, is the first institution in the country to assign varsity status to a video game.The university plans to offer between 45 and 50 athletic scholarships to incoming gamers, said Kurt Melcher, the university’s associate athletic director. The scholarships will pay for 50 percent of tuition and 50 percent of room and board for members of the League of Legends team.
There it is. That’s the end of us all.
I know- the title makes little sense. But that’s fitting, since neither does the entire concept of Christian Rap which, like Christian ‘pop’ and ‘rock’, is a sort of music performed by persons who can’t make it in mainstream music, so they change a few words in their songs, profess faith, and become ‘stars’ among the alternative Christian emergent seeker sensitive prosperity gospel lot.
And if they can’t make it there, they return to their former habitat after questing for fame by ‘abandoning their faith’ (because atheism, like homosexuality, sells).
A popular rapper who admitted to being worshiped by fans and who once claimed to have ‘found God’ and professedly ‘hopped to Christianity’ has released a profanity-laced video claiming that he has fallen away from the faith.
“If Hell is truly Your pit of fire and I get thrown in it, I’ma probably regret the fact that I ever wrote this [expletive],” Marcus Jamal Hopson, better known to fans as “Hopsin,” raps in a new song called Ill Mind of Hopsin 7. “I hopped to Christianity so strongly, then I fell out. Now I’m avoiding questions like a scared dog with his tail down.”
In 2012, during an interview with HardKnock TV, Hopsin stated that he had turned to God and wanted to follow a path of holiness.
“I feel like God is just telling me what I need to do and He’s showing me the light,” he explained. “I’ve been working on my relationship with God … [and] it gets to a point where you don’t want to walk down the sinful road anymore.”
Christianity as publicity stunt. Hell burns hotter for such.
“I have found God and I see things differently,” Hopsin continued. “I feel like God is going, ‘No, don’t lose hope ’cause these humans are driven by the ways of the flesh and they are all brainwashed.’ God is saying, ‘Just stick with Me, Marcus, and everything is going to be good. Just follow My lead and everything is going to be good.’”
Please shut up and never talk about theological themes again Mr Spin.
But he also commented on how he had observed the youth praise and worship him as a performer on stage.
“They praised me,” Hopsin said. “They almost worshiped me, and it threw my mind off because I’ve never been in that type of situation or position in my whole entire life.”
Insert copious amounts of vomit here.