Daily Archives: 18 Mar 2012

Aw Man, Why Did He Have to Call me the Whore of Babylon?

Over at that palace of the perverse, the ‘Remnant of Giants‘, they’ve broached all decency (again) and called me a whore!

Enough of these biblioblog rankings, and other such mysterious measures of biblical studies blog popularity. As everybody knows, the only true measure of a blog’s worth is what The Market will pay. Everybody now: “All praise to the Invisible Hand!”

Conveniently, worthofweb.com provides daily and monthly earnings figures and market values for most websites and blogs. Presumably this is calculated on potential advertising revenue.

Remnant of Giants has earnings of $3.72 daily or $112 per month, and has a market value of $1,897. And yet, I’ve never seen a dime of this. Dammit.

This compares with the Great Whore of Bibloblogdom, Zwinglius Redivivus, which earns $117 daily, $3,510 monthly, and has a market value of $83,745. By contrast, Debunking Christianity is not quite in the same league, earning $51 daily, $1,530 monthly, and has a market value of $34,185. Even the Calvinist-Marxist blog Stalin’s Moustache cannot escape the hegemonic reach of The Market, earning $5.05 daily, $151 monthly, and boasting a market value of $2,639. By contrast, NT Blog (formerly NT Weblog) earns $9.83 daily, $295 monthly, and has a market value of $5,283.

Seriously… ‘whore of Babylon’?  Why????  Why not, well shoot, anything else!  (Although it’s worth noting that by any system of measurement you pick, I’m still just way more popular than you.  Sorry, I can’t help it.).

Truth

via Joel Watts who didn't spell OFFENDED correctly...

I’m No Fan of the Tarheels, But…

Creighton dishonored itself with its really disgusting dirty play.  Shameful.  Absolutely shameful. Their coach and their team owe Carolina an apology.

Rethinking the Label ‘Fat’…

For those who have ears to hear…

Quote of the Day

But there is one fact recorded by the disciples which does not exist for the non-Christian historian: the Resurrection of Jesus. What Jesus said and did, unbelievers also saw and heard: that is the part of the historical continuum which, on the whole, is the same for both the non-Christian historian and for the evangelists. But the final section of the story of Jesus in the Apostles’ narrative, which we call the Resurrection of Jesus, is an event, which no unbeliever has perceived. The appearances of the Risen Lord were only granted to believers. — Emil Brunner

What? A Less than Honest Fund Raising Video???

These kinds of things never happen….

The Ugandan Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi said the Kony 2012 video about tracking down the country’s fugitive warlord Joseph Kony paints a picture of Uganda that is “not complete.”

Could Jason Russell et al simply have been exaggerating a situation in order to make money like pseudo-archaeologists pimping a bogus find? Oh alas…. such a thing could never occur…

Mr Mbabazi said the Kony 2012 internet video which has gone viral and been viewed by tens of millions of people was an inaccurate portrayal of present day Uganda. “It is as if Kony is still in Uganda, as if Uganda is still at conflict and yet of course we all know this is not true,” he said. The Prime Minister added, “It gives impression that Uganda is still at war, people are still displaced, those many children are still out sleeping on the streets in Gulu and of course this not true.”

Deception in the quest for money.  Who could-a guessed it?

Who Is the Best College Basketball Coach? Pat Summitt

We all love her.  She’s a great coach and she’s done marvelous things and she’s well deserving of the latest award she’s received- The Brenda G. Lawson Award.

She’s the greatest coach in college sports.  Period.  End of discussion.  Congrats Pat!

Voodoo? That’s What Made Jason Russell Strip in Public? Not Hardly

The amazing insanity of people never disappoints.  Swing a cat, hit a loon.

Commenters on TMZ have claimed that Joseph Kony’s aunt was a Voodoo priestess, and that Kony has put a curse on Jason Russell.

It seems that people who comment on TMZ are as insane as the lunatics who try to comment on all unmoderated forums and blogs.

From Rome to Jerusalem: Matti Friedman’s Latest Essay

This is

An ongoing series looking at history through a single object in the archaeology collections at Israel’s national museum.

And it’s worth seeing.

Before reaching its current home in a display case in Jerusalem, this small disc of glass and gold was buried in the catacombs beneath Rome 1,700 years ago, looted, kept in the castle of a Polish countess, stolen by Nazis, sold on the antiquities market in Vienna, tracked down and reclaimed by its previous owners and then purchased again.

In 70 CE, Roman legions destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem, taking Jewish captives and the Temple treasures back to the imperial capital. The image of the Temple’s seven-branched menorah was carved onto the Arch of Titus, built to celebrate the defeat of the Jews.

Two or three centuries later a Jew died in Rome and was buried in the catacombs, along with an image of that same menorah in gold leaf pressed between two round pieces of glass. The descendants of the exiles from Judea had come to use the image of the Temple’s candelabra to represent themselves.

Read it all.  Matti’s a great storyteller.

Why Christians are Fleeing the Mid East

Al Jazeera has an essay today Christians ought to read- and so should Muslims.

According to the Vatican, more than half of Iraq’s Christians have left the country since the US-led invasion in 2003. On New Year’s, a bomb went off in a church in Egypt, killing at least 20 people. And in Nigeria a bomb destroyed a church on Christmas 2011, leaving 35 people dead.

There is no shortage of headlines on the painful events between East and West, between Muslims and Christians these days. And as a sign of its concern about recent attacks against Christians in the Middle East, the Vatican has announced it is dispatching Cardinal Tauran to Nigeria for talks and meetings.

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran is the leading official in the Vatican responsible for relations between the Catholic Church and the Muslim world.

In an exclusive interview, Cardinal Tauran talks about the attacks against Christians in the Middle East. Who is behind the attacks? What is the fate of Christian communities in the Middle East? How has the Arab Spring impacted dialogue between religions? And is there room for dialogue?

Give it a look.