Daily Archives: 5 Dec 2011

Why Not…

Posted in Humor

Yes Virginia, There is a Santa

And his name is Jim and he’s giving away a copy of the Common English Bible every Thursday through January.  This week’s winner will be announced Thursday so there’s still time for you to raise your hand and say why … Continue reading

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The Devestating Consequences of Impiety

According to Matt Boulton in his new (and excitingly good) book on Calvin, the consequences of human impiety are that mankind is … too faithless to believe, too dull to notice, too ignorant to care, and too forgetful to follow … Continue reading

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Twitter Spammers Are the Dumbest

The web is awash with spam (and I’m not talking about the Borg Blog run by Joel and Jeremy and Rod). But the worst of the worst of the spammers aren’t the dim emailers or the ridiculous facebookers, it’s the … Continue reading

Posted in disdain, mockery, Total Depravity, twitter, War On Atheism | Tagged | 2 Comments

Quote of the Day

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. — Dorothy King

Posted in Humor

Another Pedophile Coach

He’s not as famous as Sandusky but he’s equally contemptible- Former Alcoa High School teacher and softball coach Robert Paul Talley was arrested Monday on nine charges of inappropriate relations with students. A Blount County grand jury heard the case … Continue reading

Posted in Total Depravity, War On Atheism

Late Iron Age Judean Cooking Pots with Impressed Handles: A New Class of Stamped Impressions from the Kingdom of Judah

Via the inestimable Aren Maeir mention of an essay in the Eshel Festschrift- Shai, I., Ben-Shlomo, D., and Maeir, A. M. 2011. Late Iron Age Judean Cooking Pots with Impressed Handles: A New Class of Stamped Impressions from the Kingdom … Continue reading

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Answering Your Letters

Dear Jim, I saw a blogpost by another blogger which recommended a version of the bible.  But I happen to know that this blogger doesn’t read Hebrew or Greek.  Do you think I should take his advice? Manuel Hello Manny … Continue reading

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The 21st Century Version of Johannes Tetzel: Benedict XVI

Lunacy. In recent months, dioceses around the world have been offering Catholics a spiritual benefit that fell out of favor decades ago — the indulgence, a sort of amnesty from punishment in the afterlife — and reminding them of the … Continue reading

Posted in Church History, Heresy and Heretics

Remembering Wolfgang Mozart

Mozart died 5 Dec., 1791.  His last completed work is this Clarinet Concerto.  It’s magnificent.  Enjoy.

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The Names of God in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

In the world of biblical scholarship there are scholars worthy of the name, authentic intellectual diamonds; and there are ‘scholars’ who are- to be polite- cubic zirconium.   Máire Byrne fits into the first category and her recent book will prove … Continue reading

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The Problem With Wikipedia- Visualized

This is absolutely amazing. We know that Wikipedia gets additions, edits, and deletions all of the time, but without a visualization we just have to assume that’s the case. With Wikistream, we can see exactly what’s happening on Wikipedia in … Continue reading

Posted in Dilettante, Modern Culture, wikipedia | 3 Comments

Mauro Pesce’s Latest Volume: Da Gesù al cristianesimo

Tight on the heels of his stunning Encounters With Jesus, a new volume by Mauro Pesce has appeared- Da Gesù al cristianesimo. Chiedersi che cosa fosse Gesù di Nazareth non per noi ma per i suoi contemporanei: questo è ciò … Continue reading

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The ‘Study of the Old Testament in the New’ Conference – 2012

2012 OT Seminar Rates- En-suite Room (2 nights) – £155.00 per person. Standard Room (2 nights)(Max 5 available) – £135.00 per person. Price includes dinner, bed & breakfast (2 nights) plus lunch, morning & afternoon tea/coffee & cake. A £35.00 … Continue reading

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Wayne ‘Lovest’ To Write About his Visits to Israel

The Jerusalem Post informs us that Wayne stiles is an author who has never recovered from his travels in Israel and lovest to write about them from his desk in Texas. Interesting. He’s never recovered from his travels in Israel … Continue reading

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That Oddly Uncomfortable Sandusky Interview

If you watched, or watch, the interview in which Sandusky’s lawyer has to rush to his rescue because he sounds for all the world like a complete pedophile (probably because he is) then you know what I mean when I … Continue reading

Posted in Total Depravity | Tagged | 2 Comments

The Full Text of Zwingli’s Letter of 5 December, 1518 Describing his Affair With the Einsiedeln Strumpet

From Zwinglis Werke, Bd. VII, S. 110ff. Ad Henricum Utingerum apologia Zinlii. Scripsit ad nos amicorum nostrorum quidam doctissimus et amicissimus, Henrice charissime, famam de nobis apud Tyguros dissipari, potentis cuiusdam apud nos filiam a me stupratam eamque rem (ut … Continue reading

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