Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Votes Are In!

After tabulating the 29,987 votes cast this month for the top ten biblioblogs here are the results-

Bob Cargill- 9 votes
Chris Tilling- 21 votes
Joel Watts- 29 votes
Mark Goodacre -8 votes
Jim Davila – 2 votes
Jim Linville – 1096 votes
James McGrath – 13 votes
Daniel McClellan -18 votes
Tom Verenna – 2 votes
Jim West – 28,805 votes

Once more I’d like to thank all the little people who took the time to visit and vote and vote and vote and vote. Without your devotion and participation things like ‘voting for your favorite blog’ would be utterly meaningless and totally pointless…

What Will Be the Last Mention of the ‘Lead Tablets’, Unless They’re Actually Made Available for Examination

Tom Verenna does a roundup and since he includes it all, and since I’m fairly sure everything has been said that can be said until we all can hear from the epigraphers like Rollston and the metallurgists and the documentarians then there’s no sense in beating a dead horse.

Mike Huckabee’s Sanity Has Left the Building

What lunacy.  I see now that I was wrong to have thought well of this man.

HUCKABEE: I don’t know anyone in America who is a more effective communicator [than David Barton.] I just wish that every single young person in America would be able to be under his tutelage and understand something about who we really are as a nation. I almost wish that there would be something like a simultaneous telecast and all Americans would be forced, forced — at gun point no less — to listen to every David Barton message. And I think our country would be better for it. I wish it’d happen.

Why Mike?  Barton is a miserably inept poorly equipped mega-dilettante when it comes to bible and theology.  Shouldn’t a former pastor like yourself know that and recognize the misrepresentation of scripture and historical theology when you see it?  Yes, I really was wrong to have thought well of you.  Your sanity has left the building.

Karl Barth’s 125th Birth Anniversary (May 10)

And celebrations are already in planning and papers are already appearing-

Am 10. Mai 2011 wäre Karl Barth 125 Jahre alt geworden. Jochen Denker erinnert an den “kritischen Zeitgenossen” und “freien Theologen”.

KARL BARTH – KRITISCHE ZEITGENOSSENSCHAFT. Von Pfr. Dr. Jochen Denker, Wuppertal.pdf >>>

1. Der Praxisschock des Pfarramts. Barth und der Sozialismus [1911-1915]

2. Der Bekenntnisfall in der Ethik:
Der Schock des Ausbruchs des ersten Weltkriegs [1914-1918]

3. Der Kirchenkampf:
„Das erste Gebot als theologisches Axiom“ [1933]
„Theologische Existenz heute“ [1933]
und die kirchlichen und gesellschaftlichen Konsequenzen
„Barmer Theologische Erklärung“ [1934] und „Rechtfertigung und Recht“ [1938]

4. Wider die Restauration in Deutschland.
Barths Option für einen demokratischen Sozialismus
a) Barths Stellung zur Gründung der CDU und zur politischen Existenz der
b) Barths Stellung zur Wiederaufrüstungsdebatte
c) Barths Einsatz für eine demokratischen Sozialismus

Some British Muslims are Teaching Hatred

An example of Allāh written in simple Arabic c...


“Allah describes [non-Muslims] as the worst of all people…but you still want to follow them.”

British school children educated in Islamic boarding schools (madrassas) are being taught these and other even more hateful teachings. The extremist teachings at some British madrassas were exposed in February of 2011 by Dispatches, a British Television Documentary.

The report was the result of two years of undercover investigation into madrassas. In Britain, there are around 2,000 Muslim schools teaching 100,000 students. While these schools are required (and often praised) for preaching tolerance of other religions, the undercover footage captured by Dispatches in the documentary exposed some shocking facts about the schools:

  • Some of the students are taught to avoid going to church because “they are the gathering place of the devils.”
  • Eleven-year-old students are taught that non-Muslims are the worst of all the creatures.
  • The teachers at madrassas repeatedly refer to non-Muslims as kuffars. Kuffar is a derogatory and hateful term used to refer to non-Muslims.
  • Children are taught not to befriend non-Muslims. At one point in footage from the investigation, one of the teachers tells the students that they should “put away” and “forget” non-Muslim friends.
  • The students are told that the British society is “Shaytan” (Satan).
  • In some of the footage, the schools depict scenes of violence where students are routinely beaten for failing to recite the Qur’an properly. In less than 3 hours of filmed lessons, the students were beaten more than 10 times by their teacher.
  • The film also reveals a culture of violence among students. Older students beat younger students and the teachers don’t intervene.

What, is Fred Phelps in charge of education in those madrassas? Terry Jones? What despicable hate-speech. And there’s more. Watch the disturbing video report at the link above.

You, Mr Duffy, Are and Unhinged Greedy Prat

With thanks to Tom Verenna for mentioning this guy on Facebook- a tea party Wisconsin republican who thinks its awful that he has to live on $174,000 a year as a Congressman. And he’s struggling!!!! You, Mr Duffy, are an unhinged greedy prat.

Alex Joffe Asks ‘How long will it be before Israeli archeologists are unable to get off a plane in London lest they be served with a subpoena initiated by a Palestinian NGO?’

In an essay titled The Archaeology War.  It’s an intriguing piece.  Though a bit biased.  Still, it is worth reading.

It is a truism that Israeli archeological practice can be legitimately criticized, not least for the murky relations between the state and private entities undertaking development in the West Bank. It is a bigger truism that such failings pale into insignificance when compared with the wanton destruction of antiquities and the abuse of people in the name of both archeology and development that go on regularly in China, Iran, Egypt, or Saudi Arabia. But such considerations are also irrelevant. As is well known, one square foot in Jerusalem produces exponentially more hysteria than hundreds of square miles elsewhere. If everything that happens in Israel is “political,” the world revolves around Jerusalem as it does around no other city.

A Day in the Life…

Of this little bit of joy on the interweb… In fact, yesterday, to be precise.

Ron Paul Disembowels Newt Gingrich

This made me laugh, and laugh, and laugh

April DeConick Disembowels the ‘Lead Tablet’ Hype

Don’t miss it.  She can wield a scalpel.

Chris Tilling, What Are you Thinking?

A guest post????   THIS guest post?????????????   Were you beaten in Venice, your mind shattered and broken, your password stolen, and your blog taken over by some consortium of Canadian Mennonites???


Good Grief the Conspiracy Theorists are having a Field Day with the ‘Lead Tablets’

Exhibit A-

“I met with British Archeologist David Elkington who heads the British research team investigating the find during early March 2010 and was sworn to secrecy about this discovery and the huge implications that could follow. There is still much more going on behind the scenes than has so far been disclosed. David and his wife, whom I also met had been given armed protection which was the result of both of them being shot at during this investigation and also receiving more death threats. Someone it seems does not want the information on these tablets released.


Are these lead tablets discovered in a remote cave in Jordan the secret writings about the last years of Jesus? Much of the writing is in code, but experts like David have deciphered images, symbols and a few words and the texts could be 2,000 years old. This may well be a discovery which will play a major part in the 2012 religious turmoil. Keep your eye on this ball. Davids new book is about to be published: The Lead Codices.

Ah so all the ‘discussion’ is just a publicity stunt to pump up book sales. Color me shocked… Now, I’m even more skeptical about the ‘discovery’ than I was before.  With thanks to Eric Cline for pointing out the ‘report’.

‘Predestination’ in 1QS III,15-16?

The issue is addressed in this interesting and recently made available paper, by H. Carl Moerschbacher.

Texting Wickedness

It’s simply astonishing that 1) adults in positions of authority (teachers, coaches, priests, preachers, etc.) think it a good idea to send sexually suggestive texts and photos to youngsters and 2) that they must seem to believe that no one will find out!  Take the latest example-

An assistant coach at Lenoir City High School was dismissed Wednesday for inappropriately texting a student.  Another student told officials they needed to investigate the actions of Dexter Davidson, 27, so they brought in the Lenoir City Police Department, said Superintendent Wayne Miller.  …  Davidson is accused of sending inappropriate pictures and texts to a 17-year-old girl. Miller says officials believe they learned about the messages “pretty early.”  Davidson was an assistant coach for football and basketball, and he worked as an aide in charge of in-school suspension.

Come on people, leave the kids alone.  Just leave them alone and stop trying to make them your own personal trophy or conquest.  It’s evil.

Inside Obama’s Whitehouse: Or, How He Has His own Karl Rove

Logo of the United States White House, especia...

No matter who lives there, nothing changes

A Fascinating essay in The Nation opens the door on Obama’s Whitehouse and let’s us see a glimpse of how he really does business.  It’s very Rove-ian.

In March 2009 the Campaign for America’s Future, a top progressive group in Washington, launched a campaign called “Dog The (Blue) Dogs” to pressure conservative Blue Dog Democrats to support President Obama’s budget. When he heard about the effort, White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina, who was regarded as the Obama administration’s designated “fixer,” called CAF’s leaders into the White House for a dressing down, according to a CAF official. If the group wanted to join the Common Purpose Project, an exclusive weekly strategy meeting between progressive groups and administration officials, CAF had to drop the campaign. We know how to handle the Blue Dogs better than you do, Messina said. Not wanting to sour its relationship with the White House at this early date, CAF complied, and the campaign quickly disappeared from its website. Despite Messina’s assurance, however, the Blue Dogs would remain a major obstacle to the realization of the president’s legislative agenda.


The hardball tactics used by Messina against CAF exemplified how the Obama administration would operate going forward—insistent on demanding total control, hostile to any public pressure from progressives on dissident Democrats or administration allies, committed to working the system inside Washington rather than changing it. As deputy chief of staff, Messina held the same position once occupied by Karl Rove (and Josh Lyman on The West Wing). He worked as a top lieutenant for Rahm Emanuel and became the administration’s lead enforcer after Emanuel left for Chicago. White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer calls Messina “the most powerful person in Washington that you haven’t heard of.” Messina’s dream job was to become chief of staff. Instead, he recently got an arguably more important assignment—manager of Obama’s re-election campaign.

Read the rest.  It seems all that ‘change you can believe in’ talk was nothing more than campaign rhetoric.  Which, again, simply serves to remind us all that political party lines are meaningless and all politicians are exactly the same: power hungry, greedy, interested in self preservation, and willing to do whatever they have to to maintain their position.

Even Though I’ve Never Really Liked Augustine…

The paper Marc references from the NW meeting of ETS sounds absolutely fascinating.  [BTW, the reason I don’t care for Augustine is because he was no Jerome- i.e., he was no scholar of the bible who could read it in the originals with the consequence that his theology was all based on Latin renderings of Hebrew and Greek texts].

Augustine and the Problem of Free Will Picture in your mind something that you think is a really bad idea. (I’m picturing a cat.) Now imagine someone using something that you wrote many years ago to defend this heinously awful idea. How would you feel? That’s exactly what happened to Augustine. By the latter part of his life, Augustine had developed a clear reputation for defending divine sovereignty, predestination, original sin, and the “bondage” of the will. But when he was younger … Read More

via scientia et sapientia

The Prestigious ‘Versatile Blogger Award’

Has been awarded to yours truly, thanks to a Canadian blogger (who isn’t a biblioblogger… my fame and renown just keeps spreading. Today, #1 in biblioblogging, tomorrow, #3 on the entire internet [after Google and Facebook]).

Anyway, My thanks to Mr Hook.

I’ve made some pretty cool contacts. One of them, a cool little piece of royalty named Redneck Princess, has seen fit to bestow upon me… Apparently there’s no formal event where they serve you rubber squirrel and call it chicken, or a televised c … Read More

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Quote of the Day

If your prophetic hermeneutic looks more like Hal Lindsey’s than Jesus and the Apostles’, your insistence on the final authority of the Bible rings hollow.  — Gary Yates

[So VERY true, and something all the ‘left behind’-ers need to realize.]

A Fascinating Look at American Culture: How We Got to Where we Are

I commend this fascinating essay to your attention.  It includes such insights as

Before US Tomahawk cruise missiles began to rain down on Muammar Gaddafi’s air defences this past week, the only conversation that president Obama had to have was with his senior advisors.  They, and they alone would decide whether a country founded as a democratic republic would engage in what George Washington would have likely viewed as a “foreign entanglement” – using 21st century ordinance against a sociopath with a history of violence and a worse hat fetish than Sammy Davis Jr.


Obama and his people simply knew they could ignore the people’s representatives and safely rely upon a militarised culture primed to support an attack on an Arab nation. Particularly one the US had already thrown down with only a generation ago.


This can at least partially explain the rogue individualism that can be found in the love affair certain Americans have with guns, and even more importantly, the corollary that only they can protect themselves, often from the very government they once looked upon for this service.


Therefore, if we are looking for an alternative to all-too-present strains of foreign adventurism, Wall Street me-ism and domestic militia-ism – among other challenges – we will need our own cultural rebirth to return to the values that once animated this nation.

Yes, do read the whole, there’s lots more.

Is Rabid Fundamentalism Alive and Well in the Netherlands?

One author seems to believe so, writing in the Nederlands Dagblad

Anderhalve week geleden verbrandde een zieke christelijke geest in een kerk in Gainesville (Florida) een exemplaar van de koran. De geesteshouding – precies weten wat God wil – komt ook hier voor, meer dan ons lief is. (Thank heavens for Google translate- because Dutch isn’t in my library).

To me it’s a fascinating question because when I think of the Netherlands, I think, for better or worse, of their lax moral laws, their legalized prostitution, their legalized pot, and their wooden shoes and windmills. In other words, I think of the land of ethical liberalism. That there might be many Christians there who are like Fred Phelps or Terry Jones is both disturbing and surprising.