A natural donkey, which carries sacks to the mill and eats thistles, can judge you – indeed, all creatures can! For a donkey knows it is a donkey and not a cow. A stone knows it is a stone; water is water, and so on through all the creatures. But you mad asses do not know you are asses. — Martin Luther
War- the way that rich guys get poor kids to die so rich guys can get richer.
From ‘Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism’
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, whoever mixes with fools will be ruined. (Prov. 13:20)
The widespread willingness of people to turn interpretation of scripture over to anyone who wants to give it a try is amazing.
I wonder if these same folk would turn their child’s brain surgery over to random folk sitting in a circle.
Or, why is the bible so unimportant to so many Christians?
It’s astonishing how little regard there is among so many for the simple verse which says ‘study, to show yourself an approved worker’.
Study + the guidance of the Holy Spirit = substantive Christian teaching. Study without the Spirit, or the Spirit’s ‘leading’ without study = error. Always.
‘Scientific study is first of all seeing, second, seeing, third, seeing and over and over again seeing.’ – Adolf Schlatter
So there’s plenty to look forward to. Till then-
Since the first fragment was found in 1897, followed by the recovery of the complete text in the famous Nag Hamadi library in 1945, the Gospel of Thomas has been one of the most intriguing modern religious discoveries.
Likely compiled in the mid-first century, before the four canonical gospels of the New Testament, the Gospel of Thomas bridges the oral and the literary phases of the early Greco-Roman Christian movement. This public lecture will discuss the historical context of the text and the Thomasine community that compiled it in relation to the influence of oral culture and introduce the specific features of the text. Whereas some scholars have argued that the Gospel of Thomas is dependent on the canonical gospels, it is better understood as reflecting the wisdom traditions of the relatively peaceful early Christian period, one and a half generations after Jesus, before the Jewish War began in 66 CE.
This public lecture will explain why the Gospel of Thomas was such a significant discovery and how it has shaped our understanding of early Christianity.
Dr. David W. Kim is an Honorary Lecturer in the School of History, Australian National University, specialising in religious history, colonial transformation and marginal cultures. Kim is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, UK. His publications include The Words of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas: the Genesis of a Wisdom Tradition (Routledge, 2021).
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On 19 August, 1530 Zwingli published his Supplikation und Begehren der Prädikanten zu Zürich. The topic at hand is nothing less than a plea with the Pastors of the Canton to remain faithful to the Gospel and to continue on the path of reform. He begins
Fromm, vest etc., lieb herren! Üwer ersam wysheit mag ring erwegen, was übels und unrates zuo diser zyt, dero alle ding so gefarlich stond, under den christlichen stetten entston möchte, wo sy in der leer nit eintrechtig. Es mag ouch das christlich burgrecht zweyerley ler nit erlyden.
So aber Benedictus Burgower, prędicant oder pfarrer zuo Schaffhusen, vom sacrament des nachtmals Christi nit glych mit üns in allen andren stetten leret, darus arges nit das kleinst erwachsen möcht, ist ünser ernstlich beger an üwer ersam wysheyt: Die welle ünser lieb Eydgnossen und mittburger von Schaffhusen darzuo vermögen, das sy üns gedachten Benedicten stellen und darzuo halten, das er bericht eintweders von üns empfahe oder üns gebe; dann wir inn hierinn der unwarheyt und unrechter leer leider muessend schuldigen, über das er sich vil eins andren hatt lassen zuo Bernn mercken.
Er lert ouch unsicher und valsch, so er von Christi beden naturen leret, sam die gotheyt ouch gelidten hab, dess wir inn, ouch anders, so mitlouft, bewysen embietendt.
Zwingli makes his points briefly (in just four pages). It’s still a nice piece, a sort of ‘stick with it guys’ rally cry.
And when you hear them say what they say here, you are hearing the very voice of Satan himself. TGC would have also urged Germans to obey Hitler regardless of what he did to the Jews because Hitler, in their satanic minds, was the ‘harbinger of peace’.
This is a godless distortion of the meaning of Romans 13. There, God establishes ‘government’, not governments nor governors.
The Rabbis – ‘Have few disciples’ (Mishnah, Avot 1,1).
Jesus- ‘Make disciples of all nations’ (Matthew 28).
“Religious nationalism is the mark of the false prophets. The true prophets threaten Israel in the name of the God of justice who is able to reject His nation because of its injustice without losing His power.” – Paul Tillich