Daily Archives: 14 Sep 2010

Anglicans Are Weird

Why's he wearing a popcorn string like a Christmas Tree?

Gavin’s right, in his witty and amusing slap at Kiwi Anglicanism.  Anglicanism, smacked?  What’s not to like?

Another Witless Impersonator in New York

Sicilian female impersonator

And this one is in even more trouble than another New York impersonator.

A Long Island man faces impersonation charges after police said a driver he pulled over for a traffic stop turned out to be a legitimate detective. Suffolk County Police said 35-year-old Victor Alfaro-Marquez of Selden was arrested Monday night, hours after the attempted traffic stop. Detective William Zambito was driving home from work at about 4:30 a.m. when an unmarked car with flashing lights and sirens stopped him. When Zambito told Alfaro-Marquez he was an off-duty officer, police said Alfaro-Marquez fled the scene. Alfaro-Marquez was arrested at his home. Police recovered two badges, handcuffs, a pellet pistol in a holster and a Drug Enforcement Agency baseball hat and shirt. He was released on bail on a charge of criminal impersonation.

To be fair to NY, there are loads of other impersonators out there too. And even more online, where their duplicity is masked behind the coward’s veil of anonymity. All, though, are morally equivalent criminals.  Perhaps, to be sure, not legally, but most certainly ethically.

A Canaanite City?

There’s a new essay up at Bible and Interpretation.  By Elizabeth McNamer.  Give it a read.

The Trial of Raphael Golb: September 14 Update

Dead Sea Scrolls

DSS on Exhibit

News outlets seem to be following the proceedings- as was to be expected:

A New York attorney went on trial Tuesday on criminal charges that accuse him of adopting electronic aliases to discredit one of his professor-father’s academic rivals. The debate is over the origins of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Prosecutors say Raphael Golb turned commentary into crime with e-mails and blog posts that accused his father’s adversary of plagiarism. The rival academic denies it. Golb does not acknowledge crafting the messages. His lawyers say the online musings — whoever wrote them — are satire, not a crime.

Of course he doesn’t acknowledge wrongdoing- otherwise he wouldn’t be on trial. And I seriously doubt that Larry Schiffman or Robert Cargill think what Golb did was satire. Indeed, no one could imagine such a thing unless they were a defense attorney from New York.

UPDATE:  For those of you new to the story, this report has more information than the AP report now being very widely circulated and simply repeated.

UPDATE II:  The best headline so far belongs to the NY Post- which advises ‘DSS cyber bully claims he had right to fight dirty‘.  So is he admitting he did it?  If he said he had a right to fight dirty it means he fought. Per usual, the defense is trying to make the victims the victims again- of the trial.

“Dr. Schiffman and Dr. Cargill [another alleged victims] are plagiarists. There’s definite evidence of that. NYU did not do a full and thorough investigation. The District Attorney’s Office did not do a full and thorough investigation.”

Of course that’s idiotic nonsense. Cargill and Schiffman neither one have adopted Golb’s idiosyncratic ideas, so what exactly did they plagiarize? And if Raphie had nothing to do with it, why take that line? The defense has revealed the weakness of its case on the first day. It will be all downhill from here.

So, does everyone love Paul these days?

Well, not everyone. Personally I much prefer John (the Johannine writings- i.e., John, 1-3 John) to anything from your pal Paul’s pen.  But trot over to the Sheffield Blog and see what’s being suggested there.

So, by way of contrast, is Paul (among others – Gospels also seem to be doing relatively well) swallowing up the historical Jesus people? Even atheist continental philosophers have written major book on Paul and  really produced much at all on Jesus. Big books on Paul attract attention (e.g. Campbell’s recent efforts) and seminars attract audiences. The fall of Soviet communism may explain the Marxist turn to a figure deemed revolutionary and not … Read More

via Sheffield Biblical Studies

Always Log Out

Of Facebook.  If you don’t, this may well be your fate:

(Via B.lePort on FB)

Let’s face it, you’d rather be dead than labeled a ‘Belieber’, wouldn’t you?  I know I would (but I also happen to know that Mark Stevens actually IS a ‘Belieber’!!!!!

A Blog Name Change?

How’s this strike you?  διαπονεομαι.

No Bill Maher, You’ll Never Win An Emmy Because You’re Boring..

Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins after Maher's t...

Boring Maher and Dullard Dawkins

It has nothing to do with the fact that you’re an atheist.

Bill Maher’s Emmy curse is legendary: he has been nominated 22 times — 11 for “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher,” nine for “Real Time with Bill Maher,” and twice for comedy specials — but he’s never won. And he thinks it has something to do with his views on religion. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Maher said that religious Emmy voters don’t vote for him because of his outspoken atheism.

I see a new trend in atheist whining: ‘I didn’t win …… because I’m and atheist’ and ‘I didn’t get ….. because I’m an atheist’. But Maher can’t be as big a fool as he’s pretending- considering that the people who vote on Emmy’s are the biggest bunch of far left leaning loons in the country and so love to embrace witlessness and little held views.

No, Maher’s trying to make his silly point of view the issue to deflect attention from the real reason: he stinks at what he does. Watching shoe leather cure is more entertaining, and interesting, than he is. Even if he weren’t an atheist he would still be a boor.

A Royal Box ‘Likely’ Used By Herod… To Watch Theatrical Productions…

‘Likely’ used by Herod? ‘Washington slept here’ archaeology at its best.

Israeli archaeologists said Tuesday that they have uncovered a “royal box”, likely used by Roman-era Judean monarch King Herod for viewing performances in the theater. The box “doubtlessly hosted the king, his close friends and family members during performances in the theater,” according to researchers led by Ehud Netzer, a professor from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Well that was a quick bounce from ‘likely’ to ‘doubtlessly’.  Why do some archaeologists feel compelled to make such unsubstantiated grandiose claims?

The archaeological discovery, first revealed two years ago, has been gradually excavated during an ongoing dig at one of Herod’s fortresses, Herodian, southeast of Bethlehem. The royal box measures eight by seven meters and is about six meters high, and is the central space of a group of rooms attached to the theater, according to a statement by the Israel Antiquities Authority. The box is covered with ornate wall paintings and plaster moldings in a style never seen before in the area.

Unfortunately there are no photos.

Total Depravity: The Disabled Woman Tortured and Turned into a Sex Slave

Well what can be said about such horrific cruelty and utter self-centeredness.

A Kirkwood man arrested by the FBI on Thursday was one of four Missouri men who paid a fifth to either watch him torture a mentally disabled woman online or torture her themselves, prosecutors said. The 20-page federal indictment, unsealed with the men’s arrests Thursday, contains accusations of sexual and physical torture lasting five years, acts that U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips called “among the most horrific ever prosecuted” in the Western District of Missouri. The alleged torturer, Edward “Master Ed” Bagley Sr., 43, of Lebanon, Mo., tattooed the woman to mark her as his slave, convinced her that she was legally “bound” to him and threatened her, prosecutors said. He also is accused of forcing her to work as a stripper. Bagley tortured the woman for five years, until he induced a heart attack while suffocating and electrically shocking her on Feb. 27, 2009, prosecutors said. She was hospitalized.

I hope Mr Bagley Sr enjoys the warmth of hell as much as his victim enjoyed her mistreatment.  He’ll discover what being mastered really means there in that place.

Greater Love Has No Man…

Love alone overcomes the evil inclination so powerful and prevalent in all of us, as demonstrated by the act of a husband who died to save his wife and unborn child.

Thanks to quick thinking and unmeasurable love, a father-to-be saved the life of his wife and unborn child from behind the wheel. This morning on the Today Show, Erin Wood from Vancouver shared her story, which is both tragic and beautiful. She and husband Brian, 33, were traveling through Washington State to visit a friend when a Chevy Blazer veered out of control towards their car. Brian swerved in a way that made sure he took the hit instead of his wife and their unborn child. He died upon impact. Erin told Matt Lauer, “He definitely saved us. He made that choice, and I’m thankful for that.” Erin is understandably devastated to lose her husband but is equally filled with gratitude for giving his life to save theirs.

You can watch the video at the link.  It’s very moving.

Free At Last: Sarah Shourd

ABC News is reporting that Sarah Shourd was released from an Iranian jail just a few minutes ago.

One down, two to go.  Come on Iran, do the right thing.

Remembering Michael Haydn

Michael Haydn

Johann Michael Haydn

Mozart takes first place in the contest for world’s best composer ever.  Franz Joseph Haydn takes second.  And his brother, Johann Michael Haydn, takes third.

JM Haydn was born on this day in 1737 so I’ll just simply direct you to a beautiful piece composed by the great man for your enjoyment.  And you can join me in thanking God for sending such persons into the world to bring us true beauty.

More ‘Emergent Church’ Stupidity

More Punk Rock Beach Party Swim Suit Contest

This is probably what the choir looks like

Church logo tattoos are the latest in offbeat testimony at an Orange County church that holds Sunday services in a punk rock nightclub and collects offerings in KFC buckets. City Church of Anaheim is celebrating its first year in operation and the goal of reaching a 200-member flock with a radical commitment to the congregation and community: Tattoos of the red-heart church logo. Pastor Kyle Steven Bonenberger told worshippers that God “tattooed your name on his heart” and it was time for an everlasting commitment to Him and the church.

Anything to pander to the more ignorant and sensationalistic tendencies in the childish hearts of the uncommitted who can’t be bothered with any Christianity that requires authentic obedience and are instead happy with shallowness and novelty.

No need to worry, though.  When the novelty wears off these people will probably convert to Buddhism or Taoism or some other such thing.  And then a month after that they’ll be Mormons.  And then a couple of months after that, atheists.  And then Klingons.

A Forthcoming Volume of Interest

Polemik im Neuen Testament: Texte – Themen – Kontexte, Oda Wischmeyer (Herausgeber), Lorenzo Scornaienchi (Herausgeber).

The publisher’s blurb-

Im Neuen Testament spielt Polemik als sachliche Auseinandersetzung und als literarische Strategie eine große Rolle. Für die Rekonstruktion der Gestalt Jesu ist die thematische Auseinandersetzung mit der mündlichen und schriftlichen Polemik unerlässlich. Das Gleiche gilt für Paulus, der ein großer Polemiker war. Der Band hat das Ziel, die literarischen und sachlichen Formen neutestamentlicher Polemik auch in den Schriften der zweiten und dritten Generation des Urchristentums zu analysieren und in die theoretischen und historischen Kontexte der antiken Literatur und der Kirchenschriftsteller einzuzeichnen.