Headline of the Day

Not because of the topic- but because of the pure irony.

Vatican to Irish bishops: admit blame

Uh huh… Pot calling kettle methinks.

A top Vatican prelate told Irish bishops at an extraordinary Vatican summit with Pope Benedict XVI Monday they must admit their own blame in cover-ups of generations of sex abuse of minors, or risk losing the faith of Ireland’s Catholics.

Yeah, that’s irony.

A Very Exciting New Volume

It contains

Christof Landmesser/Andreas Klein: Zur Einführung. Rudolf Bultmann als Theologe der Gegenwart, S. 1-16

Hans Weder: Gewitterte Ketzerei. Zur Bedeutung der Hermeneutik Bultmanns für die gegenwärtige Theologie, S. 17-36

Martin Hein: Rudolf Bultmann, Jesus. Re-Lecture des Buches, das mich zum Theologen machte, S. 37-48

Konrad Hammann: Rudolf Bultmann – Eine Biographie für die Gegenwart, S. 49-68

Wilfried Härle: Rudolf Bultmanns Theologie der Unverfügbarkeit, S. 69-86

Christof Landmesser: Der Mensch in der Entscheidung. Anthropologie als Aufgabe der Theologie in der Auseinandersetzung mit Rudolf Bultmann, S. 87-110

Stephan Grätzel: Philosophische und theologische Hermeneutik. Heidegger – Bultmann und die Perspektive Michel Henrys, S. 111-126

Anhang: Andreas Lindemann: Walter Schmithals (1923-2009), S. 127-136

Awesome, right?!?!

Baylor Used To Be A Good School

Who knows what will happen to it now that Kenneth Starr has been named President.  I suppose nothing says academic freedom and the pursuit of truth like naming as President a former Prosecutor who was more interested in winning his case then finding the truth.

But then again, I suppose lots of people have already forgotten who Starr is and what he did to gain a name for himself.

The Berne Theses: 3

The third thesis (and the third entry of our little series) reads

3- Christ is the only wisdom, righteousness, redemption, and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world. Hence it is a denial of Christ when we confess another ground of salvation and satisfaction.

Zwingli and the other framers of this thesis intended by it to elevate the Gospel to a position of centrality and dethrone the notion that the Mass was the means by which salvation was conferred.   Indeed, the Mass was called ‘the sacrifice of the Mass’ and it was the very heart of Christian practice and proclamation.

The problem of course is that the Mass isn’t how salvation is granted- salvation is granted through the sacrifice of Christ himself.  And try as they may, the Catholics and the Lutherans were unable to convince Zwingli that the observance of the Mass was a re-enactment of the act of salvation.  For Zwingli, the celebration of the Lord’s Supper was a memorial.  Nothing more, nothing less.

Moderns can learn from this section of the Theses that absolutely nothing can take the place of Christ as bringer of salvation.  ‘There is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved’ can be expanded to replace ‘other name’ with ‘anything at all’.  There is nothing at all under heaven which brings salvation but Christ alone.  Neither Mass nor good works, nor hope nor belief in human advancement and betterment.

The Dutch Atheist Pastor (!) Can Retain His Office (!!)

Talk about your basic absurdity

A self-proclaimed atheist can continue to serve as a local pastor of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands, and no longer faces disciplinary action because of his controversial position on how to describe God.

Really Dutch people? Really? Having a Pastor who is an atheist is the same thing as having a mechanic who doesn’t believe in the existence of your car. It’s thoroughly senseless and absurd and stupid. Yes, there, I said it. The decisions of the committee looking into this matter are stupid.

Bultmann and YouTube?

Who knew…

Via Daniel Sihombing on Facebook. It’s definitely worth a look (though of course it isn’t Bultmann himself but David Fergusson talking about Bultmann), and doing a good job of it too.

Well Isn’t That Special… So Where’s the Goat Worshiper’s Chaplain?

Stories like these simply reaffirm the lack of sense on so many college campuses and among so many administrators.

Hendricks Chapel recognized Mary Hudson as its first pagan chaplain on Feb. 1, in line with its goal of being more inclusive of all religions on campus. This is the first new chaplain since the appointments of the Buddhist and the historically black church chaplains and the 11th chaplain at Hendricks. As a chaplain, Hudson will work at Hendricks two days a week, sponsor community outreaches and be apart of the Chaplains Council.

Where’s this? Syracuse U. But hey, Syracuse, now you need to appoint a chaplain for goat worshipers and one for cannabis smokers and one for every obscure and absurd so called religion on the planet. If you’re going to embrace diversity, go all the way. Have a chaplain for the practitioners of beastiality and pedophilia too. They’re deserving of such, right?

Luther was so on the mark when he remarked, ‘man either worships God, or an idol’.  Syracuse U. is like ancient Athens- an idol for every thought and a shrine for every idol.

(With thanks to James Spinti for the heads up- though of course he cannot be held responsible for anything else here).

The Bible: A History; and A Memorial Service

From the Membership Secretary of SOTS comes this note

‘The Bible: A History’. Unless I am mistaken, the next episode is billed by the website as going out at 4.20 am on Friday Feb 19th, which seems an odd time to me, so please check this. A link is given here, from which you can watch the programmes online.

As well, Viv informs

There will be a memorial service for Prof. Michael Goulder at St. Francis Hall, Birmingham University, at 2.30 pm on Thursday 25th February. Here is a link to an obituary on the Birmingham Universtity website.

Total Depravity: More, Yes More Political Hypocrisy

I listened to this report on NPR this morning and was both amused and disgusted by the hypocrisy made plain in the behavior of our elected officials.

For Republicans, the idea of requiring every American to have health insurance is one of the most abhorrent provisions of the Democrats’ health overhaul bills.

“Congress has never crossed the line between regulating what people choose to do and ordering them to do it,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). “The difference between regulating and requiring is liberty.”

But Hatch’s opposition is ironic, or some would say, politically motivated. The last time Congress debated a health overhaul, when Bill Clinton was president, Hatch and several other senators who now oppose the so-called individual mandate actually supported a bill that would have required it.

Yes, read the whole thing. Amazing, isn’t it, that these guys don’t remember their opinion- when it suits them.  I guess we simply need to remember that if a politician’s lips are moving, they’re posturing.