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It’s Just So Narrow and Blinkered

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So, thought I to myself, I’ll go look… with trepidation.  And alas, that fear was justified for once more it isn’t at all the case that the Reformation in its fullness is presented: it’s the reforming efforts of just Calvin and Luther.

It’s just so narrow and blinkered to promote, even unintentionally, the idea that there were only one or two who set about to Reform the Church.  And so very frustrating to anyone with any sense of history.

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October 31, 2014 at 11:38

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Oh Boy… ‘Historian’ Simcha Divulges the World’s Best Kept Secret!

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Just in time for SBL!!!!  What. A. Coincidence!

In a startling follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Jesus Family Tomb, a historical detective story that unravels a newly translated document filled with startling revelations and fascinating detail about the life and times of Jesus.

The Dead Sea Scrolls, the Gnostic writings and now The Lost Gospel, a newly decoded manuscript that uncovers groundbreaking revelations about the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth – a startling follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Jesus Family Tomb.

Waiting to be rediscovered in the British Library is an ancient manuscript of the early Church, copied by an anonymous monk. The manuscript is at least 1,450 years old, possibly dating to the first century i.e., Jesus’ lifetime. And now, The Lost Gospel provides the first ever translation from Syriac into English of this unique document that tells the inside story of Jesus’ social, family and political life.

The Lost Gospel takes the reader on an unparalleled historical adventure through a paradigm shifting manuscript. What the authors eventually discover is as astounding as it is surprising: the confirmation of Jesus’ marriage to Mary Magdalene; the names of their two children; the towering presence of Mary Magdalene; a previously unknown plot on Jesus’ life, 13 years prior to the crucifixion; an assassination attempt against Mary Magdalene and their children; Jesus’ connection to political figures at the highest level of the Roman Empire; and a religious movement that antedates that of Paul—the Church of Mary Magdalene. Part historical detective story, part modern adventure The Lost Gospel reveals secrets that have been hiding in plain sight for millennia.

Or, you could just send me the $20 you’d spend on that ahistorical pseudo-scholarship. Face it, you get more facts here in one post than you will in 50000000 pages by a not naked not archaeologist or historian.

Written by Jim

October 30, 2014 at 07:08

Anachronistic Scholarship: An Observation

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Too much biblical scholarship these days is nothing more than an attempt to make ancient people look like modern thinkers.  Paul, for instance, was not one bit interested in women’s rights or gay rights or anything of the sort.  He preached the Gospel and left it to God to change lives.

Putting Paul in a modern Hipster outfit may make exegetes feel better, but it’s nothing more than a caricature of Paul.  And the same holds true of all such anachronistic wishful thinking.

Stop drafting ancients for your modern wars.  They DON’T CARE!  They weren’t feminists nor egalitarians nor socialists nor democrats nor republicans nor blacktavists nor any other subset of modern political ideology.

Written by Jim

October 22, 2014 at 15:15

Any Book He Recommends is of Necessity to Be Ignored

Aside from the fact that he says nothing at all about the book itself, that Rick Warren felt compelled to advertise himself illuminates his true purpose. Grudem… Recommended by Warren… I’m sure Oprah liked it too. It’s a shame that a certain journalist who loves to sling theological misprision hasn’t been asked to blurb it too.


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October 13, 2014 at 21:20

Fake News + Serious Comments + Historical Ignorance = The Internet

First, the fake news:

An Italian expert studying a first century document written by the Roman historian Marcus Velleius Paterculus that was recently discovered in the archives of the Vatican, found what is presumed to be the first eyewitness account ever recorded of a miracle of Jesus Christ. The author describes a scene that he allegedly witnessed, in which a prophet and teacher that he names Iēsous de Nazarenus, resuscitated a stillborn boy and handed him back to his mother.

And now the serious comment which is also the bit of historical ignorance:


And there you have it.  The majority of comments on the internet are just like that.  Wikipedi-esque and surely to be deemed the truth…

Written by Jim

October 6, 2014 at 17:34

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From Fleecing the Flock to Fooling the Foolish: Jim Bakker is Back to Scamming

Remember Jim Bakker?

The televangelist who served five years in a federal prison on fraud and conspiracy charges in the early 1990s is now selling End of the World Biscuits, Time of Trouble Beans and other survival gear for the end of days, The New York Daily News reports.

Bakker hawks his wares on his self-titled The Jim Bakker Show, where instead of purchasing items, viewers can buy “Love Gifts” –as they’re called –by making “donations” at extremely marked-up prices.

Along with the Time of Trouble Beans, which consists of 14 totes full of black bean burger mix for $3,000 and End of the World Biscuits, food items include End of the World Gravy and Kevin’s Krazy Lasagna.  Viewers can get an assortment of other survival gear including a Bakker’s Dozen Extreme Canteen Kit that consists of 13 packs of ponchos, thermal blankets, glow stick and whistles for $500.

Morton Smith Talks About His Fraudulent Pseudo Scholarly ‘Secret Gospel of Mark’

Written by Jim

October 3, 2014 at 14:46

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