Daily Archives: 13 Sep 2010

Is the ‘Quest for the Historical Jesus’ Over?

Jesus on the wall of the senior Home

The Sheffield blog posts an interesting observation concerning the potential reasons why interest in the HJ seems to be waning.

I have a simple answer (which i also shared there) – there’s scant interest in the question because it’s by now just boring.  It isn’t interesting at all to read the same arguments over and over again.  Rehashed and rewarmed HJ studies are just about as appealing as old leftover spaghetti.

To say it another way- scholars have said everything that can possibly be said about it so many times that no one cares anymore.

We can only await the projects underway by M. Muller and M. Casey in hopes that a new corner will be turned.  Otherwise, really, the jig is up for the HJ Quest # whichever one this is.

Comment Policy- It Must be Time for a Reminder

So, to save you, good reader, the dismay that fills the hearts of those who comment and to their shame never see their (at least to their own mind) wit received and shared- I offer once more my simple comment policy-

I do not approve comments that are anonymous.

I’ve also now placed this policy in a prominent place on the right nav panel.

Signs of the Times

People…  Sigh…

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US Taxpayers are Subsidizing Iraq’s Massive Budget Surplus

George is Keeping an Eye On You!

Thanks Congress.  We appreciate you guys and gals so very, very, much.  We thank you for sending our tax dollars to Iraq and making it possible for them to run the sort of surpluses we haven’t seen since Bill Clinton left office.

Even as the United States has been borrowing trillions to pursue its wars in the Middle East, the government of Iraq has posted a tidy surplus, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. The report makes a direct link between U.S. government spending — including $642 billion on U.S. military operations there and $24 billion for training and equipping the Iraqi security forces — and Iraq’s cumulative surplus of $52.1 billion through the end of 2009. For comparison purposes, Iraq’s annual gross domestic product is $65.8 billion. Meanwhile, the U.S. national debt has soared from $6.4 trillion to $13.4 trillion since former president George W. Bush invaded Iraq and decided to borrow the money for wars and slash taxes.

Thanks Congress. Really. I can’t use the words I’m thinking to express my feelings for you right now.

It Couldn’t Be The World’s Oldest University…

Al-Musayab District

They didn’t have the industry of accreditation back then, so there’s no way real learning could have taken place. Silly archaeologists, don’t they know modern American academic ‘standards’ are the measure of all things?

Ok, now that I’ve got my sarcastic yet timely remark out of the way, I joyfully direct your attention to this very intriguing essay (pointed out to me by Joe Lauer).

A leading archaeologist in Babil province has identified the cuneiform texts found in the Tall Harmal excavations to the south of Baghdad last century as belonging to the oldest scientific seat of learning in history. A joint archaeological project between Baghdad University and the German Archaeological Institute took place in the spring of 1997 and in the autumn of 1998 at the Old Babylonian site of Tall Harmal. Among many important findings were several Old Babylonian archives containing about 3000 documents. Dr. Ahmad Majid explained on Thursday that these documents which date back to the second millennium BC came from an Old Babylonian institute of higher education called the “Harmal University”.

Very cool! And a very fine reason for students today to study cuneiform. There are literally tens of thousands of cuneiform tablets that have never been translated. Put down that Xbox and pick up a grammar, kids. Do something important.

Song of the Day

It’s Open Season on Catholic Clergy


Some random priest

Which means that anyone anywhere who didn’t like a sermon or who has a personality conflict with a Priest can level the charge of abuse and get a gleeful hearing by a mob happy to think the worst of every man who wears the collar.

But not every accusation is true and the vast, vast majority of priests are good and godly men who simply wish to shepherd their flocks through the perilous fields of modern society and all its depravity.

There are, it’s a certainty, priests who abuse- but there are Rabbis who abuse and Pastors who abuse and Imams who abuse and dads who abuse and creepy uncles who abuse. But when a creepy uncle does it the whole world doesn’t cry out that all uncles are perverts.

The insane feeding frenzy against Priests is just immoral, wrong, and unethical.

The Rev. Charles P. Granstrand, pastor at Our Lady of Mercy, publicly defended himself before a largely sympathetic and supportive congregation, just after Communion and just before the second collection. Granstrand’s comments come one week after two individuals passed out fliers seeking information of more victims at a town-sponsored fireworks event. “I can tell you very simply that this allegation is not true,” Granstrand said. “I have never done such a thing.” Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli confirmed Sunday that his office was asked to investigate the matter earlier this year. He would not disclose any details on when the alleged incident occurred or who requested it. “Yes, we were asked to look into it,” Molinelli said. “Yes, we investigated it, and it did not result in the filing of any charges.”

The Trial of Raphael Golb

Commences today.

He’s Australian, and a Lawyer… And an Atheist Fool

from Smithsonian :Folio from a Koran :9th-10th...

So when the news reports that he used a page from the Bible and a page from the Qur’an to roll cigarettes in order to find which tastes better, no one should be surprised.

An Australian lawyer, Alex Stewart, has smoked pages torn from the Koran and the Bible, posting the video on YouTube just days after an American Pastor’s threat to burn the Muslim holy book caused worldwide outrage.

What a moron. But of course, he is an atheist. Who works for a University.

Mr Stewart, a member of an atheist group in Brisbane, has begun a period of leave following a meeting with his employers today. He insists he wasn’t smoking drugs in the video but had sprinkled grass cuttings into the rolled up pages. “The university is obviously extremely, extremely unhappy and disappointed that this sort of incident should occur,” Queensland University of Technology vice-chancellor Peter Coaldrake said.

Hopefully he’ll be fired for his gross stupidity.

“There is no need for this kind of thing, just to create disunity and disharmony among people living in Australia,” said Sheik Muhammad Wahid, president of the Islamic Association of Australia.

But that’s precisely what atheists and fools in general want to do- create disharmony. They find their greatest joy in it.  But of course folly and atheism go hand in hand- ‘the fool has said in his heart, there is no God’.

Christians Are Still Suffering Persecution

Indonesia’s president ordered police to arrest the assailants who stabbed a Christian worshipper in the stomach and beat a minister in the head with a wooden plank as they headed to prayers. Neither of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening. Indonesia, a secular country of 237 million people, has more Muslims than any other in the world. Though it has a long history of religious tolerance, a small extremist fringe has become more vocal — and violent — in recent years. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who relies heavily on Islamic parties in parliament, has been widely criticized in the media for failing to crack down on hard-liners. But he immediately called on authorities to investigate and hold accountable those responsible for Sunday’s attacks.

Who did it? The police won’t say. Which means that it was Muslim extremists.

In the last few months, they have thrown shoes and water bottles at church members, interrupted sermons with chants of “Infidels!” and “Leave Now!” and dumped piles of feces on the land.

Silly children.