Daily Archives: 27 Aug 2012


Pentebabbleism at its worst-


Speechless.  First, it presumes Satan reads pentebabbleist books and second that he has any concern with pentebabbleist parents.  Why would he?  They’re already on his side with their false doctrine, their ‘theology of glory’ (in Luther’s terminology), and their nonsensical sub-Christian spiritualism (not spirituality).

I Think I’ve Finally Figured Out Why Mozart’s, The Haydn’s, and the Bach’s Compositions Are the Only Music That Really Satisfies

First, give this delightful piece by Mozart a listen-

And now this by Michael Haydn-

Did you notice the counterpoint? Underneath the ‘main voice’ of the violin soloist the ‘minor voice’ of the orchestra plays counterpoint and it’s simultaneously chaotic and harmonious. How is such a thing possible? How is harmony possible in chaos? And that’s exactly the point- the music of Mozart and the Bach’s and the Haydn’s is rich in counterpoint: they all bring order out of chaos and still- miraculously- the chaos remains.

Evidently that suits my brain. The never ending quest for order in chaos in spite of the fact that the chaos remains… that’s what those musicians provide me that none else can.

Compare, now, the wretchedness of a pop song and it’s grotesquely monotonous drubbings-

How anyone can stomach that bile is beyond me. It’s most unsatisfying and nothing less than utterly annoying, common, and useless. Away with such bile. Only the classics (and a bit of Baroque) can really satisfy.

Everything That’s Wrong With Modern America in One Tweet

On The Prayers of Calvin at the Conclusion of his Lectures

Over at Calvin 500, a brief post concerning Calvin’s ‘prayer life’ in connection with his lectures.

We Knew We Could Depend on Pat Robertson’s CBN to Say Something About Hurricane Isaac…

And it didn’t disappoint

Today on the 700 Club, Christian Broadcasting Network correspondent Paul Strand spoke to Jesten Peters of Keys of Authority Ministries who said that her organization’s prayer efforts helped steer Tropical Storm Isaac away from Tampa in order to protect the Republican National Convention. But while Peters and CBN celebrated, Isaac is now heading to Louisiana and Mississippi with potential devastating consequences. CBN’s Pat Robertson in 1985 said that his prayer moved Hurricane Gloria away from Virginia Beach, were CBN is based, and towards New York, and earlier this year said that prayer could’ve stopped a string of deadly tornadoes.

So according to CBN, God moved the Hurricane to preserve Republicans.  And according to Limbaugh, the Hurricane never really was heading towards Tampa, it was a ploy by the White House…

Ah self-appointed heretics… you’re a scream.

There’s Too Much Money To Be Made From War, And That’s Why There Will Never be Peace

NPR reports

The United States was the biggest provider of weapons to other countries, last year. In terms of how much money it moved, it tripled its 2010 purchases and moved $66.3 billion worth of arms.

According to a Congressional Research Service report (pdf), that is the biggest amount in the history of the United States and most of it comes from sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

The New York Times reports:

“The previous high was in fiscal year 2009, when American weapons sales overseas totaled nearly $31 billion.

“A worldwide economic decline had suppressed arms sales over recent years. But increasing tensions with Iran drove a set of Persian Gulf nations — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman — to purchase American weapons at record levels.

“These Gulf states do not share a border with Iran, and their arms purchases focused on expensive warplanes and complex missile defense systems.”

Saudi Arabia, the report concludes, bought about $33.7 billion worth of weapons. $33.4 billion were purchased from the United States. India followed with $6.9 billion and the United Arab Emirates came in third with $4.5 billion.

Russia, by the way, was the second biggest seller with $4.8 billion in agreements.

And that, dear friends, is why there will NEVER be peace in this world.  There’s too much money to be made from war.  The people ‘in charge’ are the people behind, supported by, and interested in the military-industrial complex.  And they always will be, because that’s where the money is and money is the god of this age.  If you believe otherwise you are either blind or a fool.

Today With Zwingli

Huldrych Zwingli and Johannes Eck didn’t get along.  Obviously.  So when Zwingli published his ‘Reasonable Faith‘ Eck couldn’t control himself.  He had to lash out.  The present booklet, Zwingli’s response to Eck’s response to Fidei ratio lets Mr Eck have it both barrels (as we say down here).  De convitiis Eckii is addressed, however, not TO Eck but to the the German Princes at Augsburg.

Zwingli has clearly grown annoyed and asserts quite straightforwardly that Eck is nothing more than a heretic and that he, like all heretics, state their errors as though they were truths.

Not that Zwingli knew that Eck had attacked him again.  If it hadn’t been for Vadian’s passing along Eck’s rubbish Zwingli would have paid him no mind.   But Vadian urged him to respond, for the sake of the Germans.  And so he, as a ‘second David’ went out to the Philistine Eck with sling and stones to slay him.

Zwingli’s work lays Eck’s motives bare: he wishes to deceive the Princes and under the guise of ‘peace’ he urges them to remain in the Roman camp.  Zwingli counters that the Princes should in fact embrace Reform.  He concludes

Dangers threaten on all sides, but the Lord will dissipate them all, if you lay hold of the truth and of righteousness.  To take a stand against the truth is destruction itself whereas to yield to it is the first necessity of safety.  God Almighty grant that we may revere it and see it through a glass in this world but see it face to face and embrace it in the world to come!

[Posted first on this date in 2011].

All Those Oxycontin Rush Abused Have Destroyed What Little Brain he Had

He is such a simpleton.  Truly.  So what sort of person could ‘follow’ him and maintain any sense of self respect?

Rush Limbaugh, while repeatedly insisting he is “not alleging a conspiracy,” suggested Monday that the National Hurricane Center’s forecast models for Tropical Storm Isaac were altered to help President Barack Obama and “cast a pall” over the Republican National Convention.  “I’m not alleging conspiracies here. The Hurricane Center is the regime; the Hurricane Center is the Commerce Department,” Limbaugh said on his talk show. “It’s the government. It’s Obama.”  The conservative talker suggested early forecasts, which showed the storm hitting Tampa, the convention’s host city, were intended to cause Republicans to cancel the first day of their convention. Newer models showing the storm striking New Orleans, he said, are intended to link the convention to memories of Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall seven years ago this week.

I used to think the guy was just a bloated loud mouthed publicity whore.  Now, I actually feel sorry for him.  He has no sense.  He has the same capacity for reason and intellectual discourse as Pat Robertson.  He’s sad and tragic and the years of Oxy abuse have destroyed what few brain cells he used to have.

To all who are on the cusp of becoming Oxy users- be warned: Rush Limbaugh-ianity is your future.

Finally, Something Good In Texas: The Florentino Garcia-Martinez Collection

From Eibert Tigchelaar

If you are in Texas, you might want to visit Florentino García Martínez’s private library collection (including offprints and his notes) — and you may want to check his handwritten comments and corrections (generally in Spanish) in the many DJD volumes.   http://www.laniertheologicallibrary.com/florentino-garcia-martinez-collection/

Texas finally has something worth seeing!

A Visual Representation of My Little War on Angry Atheism

image borrowed from Andrew and edited… just a bit…


A Little Book for New Theologians: Why and How to Study Theology

Adrianna Wright has sent this along from IVP Academic for review:

Whenever we read, think, hear or say anything about God, we are doing theology. Yet theology isn’t just a matter of what we think. It affects who we are.  In the tradition of Helmut Thielicke’s A Little Exercise for Young Theologians, Kelly Kapic offers a concise introduction to the study of theology for newcomers to the field. He highlights the value and importance of theological study and explains its unique nature as a serious discipline.  Not only concerned with content and method, Kapic explores the skills, attitudes and spiritual practices needed by those who take up the discipline. This brief, clear and lively primer draws out the relevance of theology for Christian life, worship, mission, witness and more.

My little review of this little book is online here.

Training Program: Reflectance Transformation Imaging

From ASOR on the FB-

ANNOUNCING : A NEW TRAINING Program for Scholars, conservators and researchers in the Use of Reflectance Transformation imaging (RTI) for Documenting ancient texts and artifacts including the Loan of Imaging Equipment

The University of Southern California’s West Semitic Research Project
(www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/wsrp) has received grants from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a Training Program in advanced imaging technologies for the documentation of ancient texts and artifacts with an initial emphasis on Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI). The IMLS and the Mellon Foundation have also funded the purchase of imaging equipment to support the Training Program.

The objective of this project is to develop an infrastructure for training scholars in the use of RTI technology and subsequently to lend the necessary imaging equipment to participants in the training program so they can do an initial RTI documentation project either in field environments (archaeological sites, etc.) or in libraries, museums and/or other similar venues, worldwide. This initial undertaking should be understood to be a pilot project that can develop into an ongoing, broader documentary effort and preferably may also serve as the catalyst for establishing a consortial network for image documentation of a given corpus (or corpora) of ancient texts and/or artifacts. All equipment to be lent out is both rugged and compact and is thus ideal for doing sophisticated imaging in remote locations. Twenty-four awards over three years (approximately eight per year) for traineeships will be provided based on the merit and intrinsic importance of a proposed pilot imaging project as well as the appropriateness of the subject matter for RTI imaging.

For more information, see
http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/wsrp/Training_Program.pdf or contact Marilyn Lundberg (mlundber@usc.edu) or Bruce Zuckerman (bzuckerm@usc.edu).

Sadly it’s Yet Another in a String of Thousands… Gun Violence, Part 89,735

On facebook our local news station writes

WATE 6 News
Breaking: A student in the Baltimore area was shot on the first day of school. The Perry Hall High School student was flown to a hospital after being shot this morning. The school is being evacuated. Police say students are being escorted to a nearby shopping center to wait for their parents.

Sick of it yet?  I didn’t think so.

Bibi and Barak Seek Guidance on Iran…

From their radical taliban-esque far right ultra-orthodox hate-mongering Rabbi-

Proving the dictum, we are known by the company we keep.  Via Ha’aretz on the facebook.

Why Does Prince Harry Act so Badly?

‘Boris Starling’ on the twitter has the ‘headline’…

Prince Harry’s antics blamed on broken home, family living off taxpayers, growing up on estates & time spent in institutions.


Via Francesca S.

Maryville and Alcoa Play Football…

Yesterday here locally the big news on the sports / heresy front was the ‘big game’ between two high schools in the same county- Maryville High and Alcoa High.  It was aired on ESPN.   That’s the sports part.  The heresy part is the fact, reported on the local news broadcast, that several area churches changed their worship times in order to accommodate those wishing to attend the game.

Churches… moving their worship…. to show the whole wide world that they think a stupid game is more important than the worship of the Living God.  Horrific.  Why didn’t those churches demand that the game time be changed?  Or when the suggestion to move worship to a different time so it wouldn’t conflict with the game, why didn’t they say a definitive NO.

Shame on those churches.  Shame on the people who made the suggestion.  Shame on those who agreed that Worship was less important than a game.  Shame on the dreadful theology which informs their pagan-esque decisions.