Daily Archives: 3 Feb 2013

Fun Facts from Church History

lutherDid you know that in the Middle Ages the largest libraries (at Universities of course) in Europe contained at most 500 volumes.  Most libraries contained roughly thirty five volumes.

Well now you do.

The Simcha Suit of Zias Hits Gawker

In a nicely organized piece.  Which, I know, you’ll enjoy.  It includes this

Most Outrageous Behavior

Simcha Jacobovici: Claimed to have found Atlantis in an interview with Hadassah Magazine
Joe Zias: “Routinely writes Jacobovici’s first name with a dollar sign in place of the S”

Legal Claims

Simcha Jacobovici: That Joe Zias’ public criticism of his archaeological discoveries (including claims that he has discovered the final resting place of Jesus and his family) amounts to libel, causing him to lose money
Joe Zias: That Simcha Jacobovici’s documentary about the so-called James Ossuary is a fraud “hyped upon the unsuspecting public”

And this…


Simcha Jacobovici: Charles Pellegrino (author of The Ghosts of AtlantisJames Cameron
Joe Zias: Anthropologist Carl Feagans, Dr. Jim West (see his post about Simcha’s support for the authenticity of the “Jesus Papyrus” for an excellent Alexa ranking burn)

The Discovery Channel aired Jacobovici’s James, Brother of Jesus but a few years later included “the James ossuary “on its list of the top 10 scientific hoaxes of all time.”

Jim West writes in his analysis of Burleigh’s article that “my hope remains that Zias and Jacobovici will settle this (preferably by the suit being dropped and the two of them having a nice Diet Coke- on me if they wish it).”

The View This Afternoon

What a difference a few hours can make.


Fun Facts From Church History

The Reformed Church of France, Paris, France

In his ‘Ordances’, published the 3rd of February, 1547, Calvin set forth the following regulations concerning attendance at sermons:

Ordinances for the Supervision of Churches in the Country February 3, 1547

Ordinances for the Supervision of the Churches dependent on the Seigneury of Geneva, which it is advised be put in force, subject to the complete discretion of their Lordships


1. Everyone in each house is to come on Sundays, unless it be necessary to leave someone behind to take care of children or animals, under penalty of 3 sous.
2. If there be preaching any weekday, arranged with due notice, those that are able to go and have no legitimate excuse are to attend, at least one from each house, under penalty as above.
3. Those who have man or maid servants, are to bring them or have them conveyed when possible, so that they do not live like cattle without instruction.
4. Everyone is to be present at Sermon when the prayer is begun, under penalty as above, unless he absent himself for legitimate reason.
5. Everyone is to pay attention during Sermon, and there is to be no disorder or scandal.
6. No one is to leave or go out from the church until the prayer be made at the end of Sermon, under penalty as above, unless he have legitimate cause.

Amen, and amen.

Is This The End of the World?

Cover of "Mad Max (Special Edition)"

Cover of Mad Max (Special Edition)

Is it the final sign of the apocalypse?  I ask because this little happening is the sort of unexpected thing that marks apocalyptic changes-

Fox Anchor to NRA’s LaPierre: You’re ‘Ridiculous’

Fox, criticizing the NRA? The beloved of the RNC criticizing another beloved?

With Mark Kelly renewing his call for stricter gun control, LaPierre even took heat from Fox’s Chris Wallace, who blasted LaPierre’s contention that American children face the same dangers as President Obama’s daughters as “ridiculous.” “Tell that to the people in Newtown,” responded the NRA chief. LaPierre also took aim at universal background checks, saying, “it’s a fraud to call it universal. The criminals are never going to comply.” Over at ABC, Paul Krugman chimed in, calling the NRA “an insane organization.” “They have this vision that we’re living in a Mad Max movie and that nothing can be done about it, that America cannot manage unless everybody’s prepared to shoot intruders.”

One expects Krugman to call a spade a spade but not Chris Wallace. Not Fox. Maybe it is the end of the world as we know it. But I feel fine.

The Only Good Snowman…

This made me laugh.



‘Peter’ Free for the Kindle- But Just for Today and Monday

binzIn six clearly written volumes, bestselling author Stephen Binz helps readers study the Bible in a way that leads to spiritual transformation and brings them closer to God. Binz leads readers in a vivid study of key biblical characters, including Abraham, Paul, Peter, David, the women of the Torah, and the women of the Gospels. He shows all Christians who desire to have a transforming experience with the inspired Word of God how studying Scripture through lectio divina can enrich their discipleship. This ecumenical Bible study, designed for use by individuals or groups, includes questions for personal reflection and suggested action. Each volume includes leader’s notes for guiding a study over the course of six sessions.

It may be something you wish to look at.

This Afternoon’s View

Much improved.


This Morning’s View