Daily Archives: 9 Jun 2014

The Pushback Continues: Hey ACLU, Take a Hike- We’ll Sing What We Like

Tell Christians they can’t profess their faith in public spaces just as vocally as atheists and agnostics and you should, as I’ve said before, pushback.  Here’s another example in which students in Virginia tell the ACLU to stuff it.

Members of the senior class at a high school in Virginia defied the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) demand to remove a Christian song from their graduation ceremony this past Friday, which would have ended a 70-plus year tradition at the school.  Students at Thomas Walker High School in Ewing lined up after receiving their diplomas, linked arms and began to sing God Be with You Til We Meet Again, a song that has been sung during graduation since the school was founded in 1940. Members of the audience began to sing along, and some clapped in support of the student’s stand for their faith.

Good for them.  If Gay Pride is a legitimate expression of personal preference then so is Christian faith.  If Angry Atheists can erect adverts on billboards and buses then Christian kids can tell the ACLU to take a hike.

And if anti-God radicals don’t like it, well, they have only themselves to blame.  They have, whether they like it or not, awakened a sleeping giant.

I Need Help In Tracking Down A Newspaper Article

The essay in question dates to 9, 1898 and appears in the Evangelist, a publication which appeared in New York and said article was written by Samuel M. Jackson- famed biographer of Zwingli.

Jackson writes

[I] made, in the summer of 1897, a special journey to all the places in Switzerland which are associated with Zwingli, and also to Marburg in Hesse. An account of this journey appeared in the New York Evangelist, for June 9, 1898.

I am very keen to get hold of this account and would be grateful if anyone could help me track it down.  I’ve tried the Library of Congress, but to no avail.

Anyone?

UPDATE:  Thanks to the good graces of the inestimably kind Stephen Goranson, I have the essay.  I’ve uploaded it to the Internet Archive here.

UPDATE II:  Emidio Campi has sent along a link to the entire paper (and it’s delightful!).

The Re-discovery of an Important Fragment of the Gospel of John

I’m glad to announce a little, yet exciting (re)discovery: a forgotten uncial fragment of John’s Gospel in one of the most famous manuscripts in the field of New Testament textual criticism, the Syrus Sinaiticus. The presence of some palimpsest leaves with a Greek Gospel text in this manuscript (Sinaiticus gr. 30, fol. 142, 144, 147 and 149) has been known to the scientific community for more than 100 years, but it always remained in the shadow of the Old Syriac text and apparently no one realized that it had gone unregistered in the GA list of New Testament manuscripts.

Etc.

Sheffield: The Shape of things to Come?

John Lyons writes

Recent events in Sheffield only confirm my impression that the Universities are changing and not for the better. My guess is that THRS will be a significant casualty in the neoliberal destruction of the Universities as we know them. Sadly too many academics have played their role in furthering that agenda (and some may well primarily be remembered for that betrayal). Canada is often touted as a place that got its problems sorted early. This piece suggests otherwise. Welcome to one possible response to the barren future on offer. If the neoliberal dystopia does come to pass, however, don’t expect a place there if religion is your thing…

He is responding, in part, to this essay, which says,

Looking only to our own interests or to immediate financial imperatives would leave us truly impoverished. We cannot ignore market forces, but if we allow them alone to determine our values and metrics we are lost. We may need to think hard about how to apply our resources, but we will not do without showing commitment to knowledge in its broadest sense. To do less would mean we could never be a truly great University. It would leave us unable to serve our students or the world as we should.

That is what will happen if some at the University of Sheffield have their way, I’m afraid.  The handwriting is on the wall.  And it is a grim message indeed.