Daily Archives: 29 Nov 2014

And What Did I Like Least About #SBLaar14?

the disposition of a few academics

the disposition of a few academics

I have to be fairly plain-spoken here.  Having admitted the other day what I liked most about the meeting I also need to say what I liked least.  And that, simply put, was the stodgy and annoying attitude of some folk who, when spoken too, behaved as though they were too important to say hi or even interact mildly.

Arrogant self-distancing isn’t an endearing attitude for a scholar to have.  And the misperception that one is too significant to interact with the insignificant is just that, a misperception (since every person you will ever meet knows something that you don’t and probably never will).

Unfriendly scholars are a bane to the profession.  Fortunately they are few in number.  But their existence at all is an unpleasantness.

Ms Lauten Needs to be Fired- Today

No matter what you think of the President, or any politician, their children are OFF LIMITS when it comes to criticism.

A Tennessee congressman’s head of communications was under fire Saturday after scolding President Obama’s daughters Sasha and Malia on Facebook for how they behaved at the turkey pardoning ceremony.  Elizabeth Lauten, spokeswoman for Republican Rep. Stephen Fincher, took to Facebook after screenshots of Sasha and Malia Obama — who are 13 and 16 years old — looking bored at Wednesday’s turkey pardoning emerged online.

“Dear Sasha and Malia: I get you’re both in those awful teen years, but you’re a part of the First Family, try showing a little class. At least respect the part you play,” Lauten wrote on her Facebook page.  “Then again, our mother and father don’t respect their positions very much, or the nation for that matter,” Lauten wrote. “So I’m guessing you’re coming up a little short in the ‘good role model’ department.

Ms Lauten, you’re despicable.  If your boss doesn’t fire you now, he doesn’t deserve to represent the good people of this state.  Your comments are offensive and outrageous and beyond the pale of the lowest political posturing.  And your apology is meritless.

Just One Day

If you want to finally be popular- send in your Carnival submissions by 7 pm tomorrow.  If you don’t, no one but your mom will ever read your blog.  #Fact.  #JustAskJoelWattsWhoseBlogHisWifeReads.

Texas + Megachurch = Total Depravity

I think all sane people will agree- this is just an example of greed and theological ignorance.  Satan must love megachurches.

Barbara Day, the daughter of 93-year-old Olivia Blair, had always planned to bury her mother at the Fourth Missionary Baptist Church, a church she had attended for 50 years. But the pastor, Walter Houston refused to bury Blair because she hadn’t paid her tithes.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution included excerpts from Barbara Day’s interview with KRIV in Houston, Texas. “It was like the last insult in the world.” Day said her only wish was for her mother to be buried “in the church that she loved and worshipped all of her life, even as a little girl.” Day said that her mother had been a church member for five decades but had been sick for the past ten years and in a coma for that past two years.

Tyrone Jacques, a preacher watchdog contacted Pastor Houston and asked him to reconsider but he would not be persuaded. Instead, he said, Blair was “no longer a member of the church because she had not supported it financially in the last 10 years.” Jacques then offered to pay for the service but Pastor Houston said no, claiming that “membership had its privileges.”


Quote of the Day

What can be more unbecoming than that our ingratitude and malice should impair, our audacity and petulance should as much as in them lies destroy, the glory of God? – John Calvin

You Can’t Forget Zwingli

Bruce Gordon has uploaded his new Zwingliana essay titled, blasphemously, Remembering Jerome and Forgetting Zwingli. The Zurich Latin Bible of 1543 and the Establishment of Heinrich Bullinger’s Church.

Give it a look.

The intentional eclipsing of Zwingli was not a crude denunciation of a fallen leader. In the polemical wars withLutherans the Zurichers would continue to defend robustly theirfirst reformer. In 1536 the letters of Zwingli and Oecolampadius were printed by Thomas Platter in Basel, and the text was prepared by the Zurich scholar Theodor Bibliander. Likewise, translations of Zwingli’s last works by Leo Jud appeared in Zurich during the 1530s. On the whole, however, Zwingli was not mourned in public. Unlike accounts of the peaceful end of Martin Luther, represented by his death mask, or John Calvin, surrounded by his friends, Zwingli had not died well.

Only in America Could Someone Claim A Disability Which Needs an ‘Emotional Support’ Pet

What absurdity.  Narcissism has officially peaked.

An American woman has been forced to get off a plane after bringing a 70-pound pot-bellied pig on board for “emotional support”.  The woman carried the swine on board – which is apparently legal in America – and sat down at her seat, cradling the creature.  However, before long, the pig, which was on a leash, was reportedly out of control, pacing around the cabin and becoming “disruptive”. It was also stinking out the cabin.

Jonathan Skolnik, a professor at the University of Massachusetts who was sitting next to the unnamed woman and her pig, said he initially thought the farmyard animal was a large duffel bag.  …  She had been allowed through security and onto the plane at the discretion of airline staff because the animal was classified as an “emotional support animal”.

Monkeys, cats and miniature horses can all reportedly qualify as “emotional support animals” under a 2012 federal law. Pigs are apparently a popular choice in such cases for people allergic to cats and dogs because they are “tuned into their owners”.

Come on… get over yourself.  Sure, there are people with disabilities- but if yours can be cured with a pig you’re just a narcissist and crave attention.  And this is America- land of guns and emotional support pigs…  We’re doomed.

New From Pesce and Destro

A.Destro-M.Pesce, Il racconto e la scrittura. Introduzione alla lettura dei vangeli, Roma, Carocci, novembre 2014, by Mauro Pesce.

Qual è l’attendibilità storica dei vangeli? Come si sono formati e su quali informazioni si basavano? Come si è arrivati ai diversi racconti orali e scritti della straordinaria vicenda di Gesù? Per rispondere a queste domande, nella prima parte del libro gli autori propongono una teoria critica …