Daily Archives: 29 Sep 2011

Comparing and Contrasting Protestant and Catholic Preaching

In 1529 the artist Gerog Pencz (who didn’t believe in much of anything) produced a woodcut titled Zweierley predig which sets side by side the chief points of Evangelical and Catholic proclamation.  Click to enlarge fully so the script is legible:

Erasmus of Rotterdam

Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam, 1523. Oil an...


I’ve just discovered that many of the works of Erasmus of Rotterdam are being made available by Logos quite soon.

The Desiderius Erasmus Collection (17 vols.) contains all of Erasmus’ major works and more. In Praise of Folly, one of Erasmus’ best-known books, is considered one of the most notable works of the Renaissance humanists. Against War and The Complaint of Peace still hold their own as some of the best Christian anti-violence literature written. The Colloquies of Erasmus is satire at its finest—funny, inspiring, rich with knowledge, poignant, captivating, and entertaining. And Francis Morgan Nichols’ 3-volume anthology of Erasmus’ letters show the depth and compassion of a man who’s influence would change the world forever.

The Desiderius Erasmus Collection (17 vols.) also includes Erasmus’ Proverbs Chiefly Taken from the Adagia of Erasmus, and Education of a Christian Prince, considered by many to be the antitheses to Machiavelli’s The Prince.

Quite useful indeed.  Just FYI.

Erasmus, by the way, like all the best thinkers, was smart enough to go to Switzerland.  He lived in Basel for a time and you can actually visit the building he called home.  Unsurprisingly, it’s a bookstore now (or at least it was a few years ago when I was last there).

Satan in the Flesh: The Photo


Well That’s Unpleasant: America’s Version of the Black Death

These are the people who build the machines our soldiers fly from sea to shining sea and beyond?

FBI agents raided a military helicopter factory outside Philadelphia Thursday morning and arrested three dozen people for the illegal distribution and attempted possession of prescription drugs, including the powerful painkiller Oxycontin.

The Boeing Rotorcraft Systems plant in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania makes the H-47 Chinook and the V-22 Osprey for the U.S. military. All but one of those charged are employees or former employees, said Zane Memeger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Drugs, drug abuse, and drug abusers: America’s version of the Black Death.

Are Buffalo Bills Fans Jerks or Just Neanderthals?

I ask because it’s hard to tell.

Jennifer Gish, a sports columnist for the Albany Times-Union, received hundreds of sexist messages — one of which told her to “stay in the kitchen next time” — after writing about the hopelessness of the Buffalo Bills last week.

Gish re-printed some of the messages, which attacked her looks, used profanity and said that women don’t know anything about football, in her column on Thursday. Some of the more offensive examples:

“So how does it feel to be both a woman and so wrong about football? I guess those two go hand in hand.”

“seen some photos of you and you are as ugly as your story about we bills fans.

we may lose, we may win but you will still be ugly either way.

I bet they were all posted anonymously.  So, are Bills fans just jerks or are they Neanderthals?

The ‘Sacraments’ Do Not Confer Grace

As the Consensus Tigurinus rightly declares-

Article 17. The Sacraments Do Not Confer Grace.

By this doctrine is overthrown that fiction of the sophists which teaches that the sacraments confer grace on all who do not interpose the obstacle of mortal sin. For besides that in the sacraments nothing is received except by faith, we must also hold that the grace of God is by no means so annexed to them that whoso receives the sign also gains possession of the thing. For the signs are administered alike to reprobate and elect, but the reality reaches the latter only.

Take that sacramentarians!

Quote of the Day

They should allow bullfighting in the United States. Only instead of bulls they use Rush Limbaugh. – Rainn Wilson

Convert to Islam or Die

Please, speak out against this unutterable cruelty.  Go here, sign the petition.  Let the Iranians know that decent people won’t stand by while a Christian Pastor is murdered because he refuses to convert to Islam.

And Without Repentance Too!

I kipped this from my new friend Eric Gregory.

and without repentance too!

The Southern Baptist Convention Is Considering a Name Change

So, I’d like to follow suit and consider a name-change for myself so that I, like the SBC, can become more attractive and appealing to the ‘Emergent’ movement (which is, thank God, fading even as I type into the oblivion all such fads rightly earn).

Per usual, though, the SBC is behind the curve and is just now thinking it might be a good idea to abandon its own heritage just so that people who won’t become committed disciples anyway will suck Latte from the teat of compromise.

Anyway, as to my own name change, what do you think?

Another Book Giveaway: Reading Scripture with the Reformers

Would you like a copy of Timothy George’s delightful Reading Scripture with the Reformers?  This time the contest is an easy one:

1- Tell me in comments why you want the book.

2- Link to the contest.

The contest ends on October 11 (along with the previously mentioned one which offers the newly published Reformation Commentary volume covering Galatians and Ephesians).

Simple, right?  Even Scott Bailey can understand it and even Joel Watts and Esteban Vazquez can do those two things.

Oh, and why do I have a copy of this and the Commentary to give away?  The kindness of the good folk at IVP Academic, that’s why!

Consensus Tigurinus

With many thanks to Peter Opitz for sending a copy of this for my collection:

1549 einigten sich Heinrich Bullinger und Johannes Calvin auf eine gemeinsame Abendmahlslehre. Sie unterzeichneten in Zürich eine entsprechende Übereinkunft: den Consensus Tigurinus. Diese Einigung zwischen dem Zürcher und dem Genfer Zweig der Reformation trug wesentlich zur Entstehung der als »reformiert« bezeichneten Konfession bei.

Die vorliegende Ausgabe enthält eine kritische Edition des lateinisch verfassten Consensus Tigurinus, die zeitgenössische deutsche und französische Übersetzung sowie moderne Übersetzungen in deutscher, französischer, italienischer und englischer Sprache. Sie dokumentiert zudem den vorausgehenden Briefwechsel, den die beiden Reformatoren über das richtige Verständnis des Abendmahls führten.

Der Band wird abgerundet durch Betrachtungen zu Werden, Wertung und Bedeutung des Consensus Tigurinus sowie durch Erwägungen zur Feier des Abendmahls heute.

Thank you, Peter.  Thank you so much!

From the Archives of Zwingliana: A Satirical Examination of the Life of Zwingli, Based on Strauss’s ‘Leben Jesu’

Though brief (only three pages) this little gem is more than worth reading. It describes a booklet which pokes fun at Zwingli and Strauss and observes

Der ungenannte Verfasser betitelt sein Werk „Das Leben Ulrich Zwingli’s historisch-kritisch beleuchtet von einem ungenannten Schüler des Dr. Strauß für denkende Leser”. In die Eußstapfen seines „großen Lehrers tretend” unternimmt er es, das „angebliche” Leben des Ulrich Zwingli, des „angeblichen Reformators der Schweiz” mit den Straußischen historisch-philosophischen Grundsätzen zu beleuchten.

It sounds loads of fun (and I sure would love to lay hold of a copy!).

A Teacher in California Docks Student Grades if they Say ‘God Bless You’

He says it isn’t for ‘religious’ reasons…  sure it isn’t.

When Taylor McGinley sneezed in her health class at Will C. Wood High School a few weeks ago a student replied with “God, bless you,” but it’s what teacher Steven Cuckovich said after the sneeze that now has students questioning the teacher’s agenda.  “(Cuckovich) said, ‘Do you think that girl is evil, do you think the evil spirits are coming out of her?’ And the guy that said “bless you” was like ‘No, I was just doing what I was supposed to do when somebody sneezes, not trying to be rude,'” Taylor said, referring to the incident.  McGinley said Cuckovich never mentioned or referred to the expression again, but in Erica Fagan’s class Cuckovich is deducting points from students’ grades if someone said “bless you.”

What a prat.  He’s not trying to teach a historical lesson- which point he could easily make by discussing the origin of the practice.  No, he’s trying to make an anti-religious point by deducting points from student’s grades.  What a prat.

Zwingli’s First Mass

Huldrych Zwingli was ordained a priest and celebrated his first Mass on the 29th of September, 1506, at his home town of Wildhaus.  He would serve that Church and the Church at Glarus (where the first stirrings of Reform would begin in 1515) and then he moved to Einsiedeln and commenced his own Reformatory studies in earnest.  By 1519 when he moved to Zurich his Reform was full blown.

Here is the chalice Zwingli held when he celebrated Mass in Glarus.