Daily Archives: 24 Jan 2013

Completely Engaging and Un-Put-Down-Able

Here are my preliminary thoughts on Keith Whitelam’s new book which I’m reading with great delight and mighty profit in a pdf on my Kindle app- it’s just simply brilliant and so very well written. I’ll have more to say more formally in an actual regular review in a few days. I had to force myself to break away from it to post this snippet and now back to it.


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Posted by on 24 Jan 2013 in Biblical Studies Resources, Book Review, Books



Facts: They’re Inconvenient Things Sometimes

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Posted by on 24 Jan 2013 in misery, Modern Culture


Free in Logos: Codex Cantabrigiensis!

This is fantastic

CWe’re happy to announce that you can pre-order Codex Bezae Cantabrigiensis for free!

Theodore Beza, John Calvin’s successor as leader of the Genevan church, first presented this uncial codex to the library at the University of Cambridge (Cantabrigia in Latin, from which the latter part of the codex’s name originated) in 1581. Believed to have been penned in the late or early fourth and fifth century, Codex Bezae contains the four Gospels, Acts, and the last several verses of 3 John. It is a unique manuscript with many peculiarities, from the license taken in adding, rephrasing, and omitting portions of text to the fact that it contains both Greek and Latin text, arranged in “sense-lines” and facing each other on opposite pages.

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Posted by on 24 Jan 2013 in Bible


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Joel Watts, James McGrath, and Robert Cargill Should Go to Memphis

Then they could attend this:

Joel Watts and Robert Cargill

Joel Watts and Robert Cargill

Mid-America [Seminary] is offering two exciting opportunities to explore creationism this spring, and we would like to invite you … to join us.

First, Mid-America’s Creation Conference will be held at the Seminary on March 4-6, 2013. This scholarly conference will examine creation’s beginnings from theological and scientific perspectives that fit within an evangelical framework. We are excited to announce that our featured presenters will include these notable experts: Answers in Genesis personalities Ken Ham, Andrew Snelling and Terry Mortensen; Tom Vail from Grand Canyon Ministries, which is dedicated to upholding the authority of scripture and demonstrating evidence of a young earth within the Grand Canyon; and William Barrick, Professor of Old Testament and Director of ThD studies at the Masters Seminary. Go to for more information and a schedule of conference events.

In conjunction with the Creation Conference, Mid-America is sponsoring a trip to the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, a 70,000 square foot museum that brings the pages of the Bible to life. This trip will be March 21-23, 2013, at a cost of $250/individual. The cost of the trip includes the following:

Admission to all museum exhibits (including the planetarium and the film Men in White) and a presentation from an Answers in Genesis scholar designed specifically for our group.

A two-night stay at the Hilton Hotel (including breakfast and free in-room Wi-Fi).
Lectures and presentations from MABTS faculty members.
Transportation from the MABTS Cordova Campus.

We hope you will consider joining us for these special events. For more information about the Creation Conference or to register for the trip to the Creation Museum, contact Nicole Lewis at 901-751-8453.

Thank you,

Brad Johnson
Director of Communications
Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary

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Posted by on 24 Jan 2013 in pseudo-scholarship


Conference Announcement: “Humanistischer Wissenstransfer”

uzhOr, more fully, Humanistischer Wissenstransfer zwischen der Schweiz und Ostmitteleuropa in der frühen Neuzeit: Internationaler Kongress in Zürich, 15.-18. April 2013.

Der Kongress stellt den dritten Teil des Projekts “Die Schweiz als geistige und kulturelle Drehscheibe Mitteleuropas in der frühen Neuzeit” dar. Dabei handelt es sich vor allem um die Verbreitung und Wirkung von schweizerischen Druckerzeugnissen (Helvetica) im ostmitteleuropäischen Raum.

And more at the link above. And for even more:

Lesen Sie hier mehr Informationen.

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Posted by on 24 Jan 2013 in Conferences


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In Which the Catholic Hospital Worships Mammon, and Not Christ

The Catholic hospital and its lawyers here exhibit the kind of reprehensible hypocrisy which gives all people of faith a bad name.  Shame on them.

Lori Stodghill was 31-years old, seven-months pregnant with twin boys and feeling sick when she arrived at St. Thomas More hospital in Cañon City on New Year’s Day 2006. She was vomiting and short of breath and she passed out as she was being wheeled into an examination room. Medical staff tried to resuscitate her but, as became clear only later, a main artery feeding her lungs was clogged and the clog led to a massive heart attack. Stodghill’s obstetrician, Dr. Pelham Staples, who also happened to be the obstetrician on call for emergencies that night, never answered a page. His patient died at the hospital less than an hour after she arrived and her twins died in her womb.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, Stodghill’s husband Jeremy, a prison guard, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit on behalf of himself and the couple’s then-two-year-old daughter Elizabeth. Staples should have made it to the hospital, his lawyers argued, or at least instructed the frantic emergency room staff to perform a caesarian-section. The procedure likely would not have saved the mother, a testifying expert said, but it may have saved the twins.

The lead defendant in the case is Catholic Health Initiatives, the Englewood-based nonprofit that runs St. Thomas More Hospital as well as roughly 170 other health facilities in 17 states. Last year, the hospital chain reported national assets of $15 billion. The organization’s mission, according to its promotional literature, is to “nurture the healing ministry of the Church” and to be guided by “fidelity to the Gospel.” Toward those ends, Catholic Health facilities seek to follow the Ethical and Religious Directives of the Catholic Church authored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Those rules have stirred controversy for decades, mainly for forbidding non-natural birth control and abortions. “Catholic health care ministry witnesses to the sanctity of life ‘from the moment of conception until death,’” the directives state. “The Church’s defense of life encompasses the unborn.”

So far so good right?  Here’s where it gets hypocritical-

But when it came to mounting a defense in the Stodghill case, Catholic Health’s lawyers effectively turned the Church directives on their head. Catholic organizations have for decades fought to change federal and state laws that fail to protect “unborn persons,” and Catholic Health’s lawyers in this case had the chance to set precedent bolstering anti-abortion legal arguments. Instead, they are arguing state law protects doctors from liability concerning unborn fetuses on grounds that those fetuses are not persons with legal rights.

As Jason Langley, an attorney with Denver-based Kennedy Childs, argued in one of the briefs he filed for the defense, the court “should not overturn the long-standing rule in Colorado that the term ‘person,’ as is used in the Wrongful Death Act, encompasses only individuals born alive. Colorado state courts define ‘person’ under the Act to include only those born alive. Therefore Plaintiffs cannot maintain wrongful death claims based on two unborn fetuses.”

That’s right- the hospital is claiming that the unborn aren’t people.  All for the sake of money.  The hospital thinks the unborn aren’t people at all- when it suits them.  When it comes to money.    That’s sickening.

But that’s not the only thing that’s sickening in this story for the truth is, lots of folk who SUPPORT abortion are jumping on the ‘attack the hospital’ bandwagon- happily pointing out the hypocrisy here inherent while simultaneously encouraging the murder of the unborn themselves.  Yes indeed, they dislike the hypocrisy of the Catholics but don’t see their own hypocrisy as manifested in their faux outrage.  If they were really outraged they would be outraged at abortion itself and not at one of the far too many willing to allow it for the sake of filthy lucre.


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People Who Worship Regularly See Abortion as a Critical Issue

This is unsurprising– as it simply shows that people who are engaged in worship weekly tend to value human life in its earliest forms more than people who don’t.  Or to say it differently, those who value God, value life; and those who devalue life, have little use for God.


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Posted by on 24 Jan 2013 in Theology


The Meeting of the Southeastern Region of ETS

From the Regional President-

Annual Meeting of the Southeast Region, March 22-23, 2013, Anderson University

Theme: “The Origins Debate 

Dear ETS and EPS Members,

Greetings from the College of Christian Studies at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Anderson University is honored to host the 2013 Southeastern Regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society on March 22-23, 2013. The theme for the meetings is: “The Origins Debate.” We are most privileged to have Dr. William Dembski, Senior Fellow with the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, as our guest speaker. Dr. Dembski will speak in all plenary sessions, addressing the theme topic.

We plan to have several parallel sessions where ETS and EPS members may present papers. Papers on the conference theme “The Origins Debate” will be scheduled for special sessions, but papers on topics other than the conference theme are also welcomed. If you wish to present a paper at the regional meeting please send your proposed topic and a brief abstract of the contents of the paper by February 8, 2013 to the appropriate ETS or EPS Chairman. (Download paper proposal form for details.)

All ETS paper proposals will be peer-reviewed by a committee of ETS members, chaired by Dr. Bryan Cribb of the Anderson University Christian Studies faculty. In addition to the opportunity to present the paper at the regional meeting, the committee will select 10-12 outstanding papers to be published in forthcoming issues of the Anderson Journal of Christian Studies. (The author will be free to opt out of such publication if desired.)

Student members of ETS are also encouraged to submit papers. A cash award of $100 will be presented to the student offering the best paper during the sessions. There will be a $50 award for the second place paper and a $25 award for the third place paper. February 8, 2013 will also serve as a deadline for the submission of a completed paper by a student.

For additional information, to download a proposal form, registration form, or for accommodation information please visit the SE Regional website:

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Posted by on 24 Jan 2013 in Modern Culture


Agreed, James


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Posted by on 24 Jan 2013 in Theology


T&T Clark Handbook of the Old Testament

9780567253682Dom Mattos – one of the nicest people working in publishing, gave me a copy of this new volume to review whilst I was in Cambridge for SOTS and I’m glad to do it since it looks brilliant. My review is here.

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Posted by on 24 Jan 2013 in SOTS



See, Cats ARE Satanic! The Italian Press Has Proof!

Unsurprisingly the cat is a resident of Ohio. I wonder why the American Press isn’t running this story???? What are they hiding???  Vile thing is probably owned by an angry atheist who taught it its Satanic ways…

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Posted by on 24 Jan 2013 in bizarre news, Schadenfreude, Texas and Texans, Total Depravity, wikipedia



Martin Luther in Films

This one  looks fun!

978-3-525-55019-9Feature film has done more than any other medium to shape the image of Martin Luther held by the common public in the 20th century. Luther films have always – apart from the very earliest – been ambitious undertakings, staffed by personnel that includes leading representatives of theology and expert consultants in ecclesiastical history. Nonetheless the Luther film has been largely bypassed by traditional Luther scholarship. The status of the historic figure as a national myth in Germany and a Church founder in America required a cinematic concept that was closely linked with theological issues as well as the self-image of the Lutheran Church. The present study is chiefly concerned with working out the interests brought to bear on each film project by their initiators and the impact each has made on the image of Luther in film in its historical context.


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Posted by on 24 Jan 2013 in Church History, Luther


This Is Why The Church Fathers (Except Jerome) Are Utterly Useless

Their wretched prattle about nothing!  Take this snippet from Gregory ‘The Great’ (at what, who knows).

the Holy Spirit fleeing the boring Gregory

the Holy Spirit fleeing the boring Gregory

For indeed to give sleep to the eyes is to cease from earnestness, so as to neglect altogether the care of our subordinates. But the eyelids slumber when our thoughts, weighed down by sloth, connive at what they know ought to be reproved in subordinates. For to be fast asleep is neither to know nor to correct the deeds of those committed to us. But to know what things are to be blamed, and still through laziness of mind not to amend them by meet rebukes, is not to sleep, but to slumber. Yet the eye through slumbering passes into the deepest sleep; since for the most part, when one who is over others cuts not off the evil that he knows, he comes sooner or later, as his negligence deserves, not even to know what is done wrong by his subjects.

I went to sleep three times reading just that paragraph.  Ugh.  I think the only reason that the ‘Fathers’ are famous is because 1) it’s chic in some quarters to admire them; and 2) because no one actually reads them.

I need a nap.


Posted by on 24 Jan 2013 in misery, mockery


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Facsimile Edition of the Original Heidelberg Catechism

Now this is brilliant!

heidelberg_catPublishing House Van Wijnen of Franeker in the Netherlands reissued the first printing of the Heidelberg Catechism of 1563 in Dutch and German.  One library, in the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands, has a copy of both editions. And from that first printed editions, the Franeker publisher Van Wijnen has produced two wonderful facsimile reprints​​, two beautiful little books that bridge the gap of 450 years.

€ 35,00 for the German edition
€ 35,00 for the Dutch edition

For more information and orders: Uitgeverij Van Wijnen, Zilverstraat 4, 8801 KC FRANEKER, The Netherlands, tel. 0031 (0)517-394588.

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Posted by on 24 Jan 2013 in Church History, Heidelberg Catechism


Luther and the Jews: A Lesson in Tolerance

From Reformiert Info

10614Innerhalb der Luther-Dekade bis zum Jahr 2017 lautet das gegenwärtige Themenjahr 2013 „Reformation und Toleranz“. „Glaube und Gewissen sind grundsätzlich frei, so die Auffassung der Reformatoren. Luthers Forderung nach gewaltloser Auseinandersetzung wurde jedoch nicht immer befolgt. Und auch seine eigene Toleranz hatte Grenzen, die weit enger waren, als Menschenrechte oder Grundgesetz sie später zogen.“(Geschäftsstelle der EKD zur Luther-Dekade).  Die Ausstellung zeigt Luthers ambivalente, intolerante, ja aggressive Haltung gegenüber dem Judentum seiner Zeit. Auch wird die kirchenhistorische Vorgeschichte und die Rezeption des lutherischen Antijudaismus im Dritten Reich aufgezeigt und die Frage nach den Konsequenzen für heute gestellt.  Die Ausstellung umfasst 12 Rollups im Format 85 mal 215 Zentimeter. Sie können freistehend aufgestellt werden.  Ein erster Einblick in die Ausstellung online:

Read on at the link above.

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Posted by on 24 Jan 2013 in Church History, Conferences, Luther