Daily Archives: 2 Apr 2015

Quote of the Day, The Second

Zwingli_32_LuthersAlas! kind God, what am I but an inexhaustible sink of iniquity? — Huldrych Zwingli

Quote of the Day

conacher_zwingliWhere there is no knowledge of God, there is nothing but flesh, sin, self-esteem; but after God is known, man sees himself within to the core, and repudiates himself thus known. As a result, he sees that all his works, even those which he had always thought were good, are of no value. When, therefore, through the enlightenment of heavenly grace the heart comes to know God, the man is made new. For he who before trusted in his own wisdom, in works or resources or strength, now puts his hope in God alone.  — Huldrych Zwingli

The Jesus Hated By Hipsteranity: An Observation

Cleansing_the_temple2The most unpopular image of Jesus for modern hipsteranity is the only story told of his life in all four gospels: the temple cleansing whip yielding ticked off Jesus.  That story is invisible for the hipsteranity crowd simply because it does not conform to their Jesus as jean wearing tee shirt besmirched bearded happy go lucky tolerant sot.

Yet, again, of all the stories in all four Gospels, that story, the cleansing of the Temple story, is the only one, the singular one, they all repeated.

Evidently the Jesus as ticked off Temple cleanser was more beloved than the posey tossing vapid milch-toasty Jesus the Emergents have created in their fertile because manure filled minds.

Paper Accepted

Yo, Tom Bolin, got this today-

Congratulations! I am delighted to inform you that your proposal for a Research Report at the 2015 CBA Annual Meeting at Xavier University in New Orleans has been accepted. I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Yay!  It’s going to be a blast.

A Jesus Film Worth Seeing. Yeah, No Kidding

44649_310x459Even Joe Zias thinks it’s good.

AFTA Award for Best Documentary 2012, Winner Silver and Bronze Medals at The New York Festivals International Film and Television Awards.

In his native New Zealand Bryan Bruce writes, directs and hosts the internationally successful crime show THE INVESTIGATOR in which he re- examines unsolved crimes In 2010 he decided to apply his criminal investigative methods to the ultimate cold case :

Who Killed Jesus and Why?

In an investigation that ranges across three continents, Bruce sets out to discover who Jesus was and what he did that resulted in his death on a Roman cross. The impressive list of scholars he consults includes:

Emeritus Prof. Geza Vermes (Oxford)
Emeritus Prof John Dominic Crossan ( St Pauls)
Prof. Elaine Paigels (Princeton)
Bishop John Shelby- Spong (USA)
Prof. Lloyd Geering (New Zealand)
Dr Helen Bond ( Edinburgh)
Prof . Israel Herschkovitz (Tel Aviv)
Dr Shimon Gibson (London )

The 90 minute HD documentary was filmed in Israel, Palestine Italy , France, Germany, Great Britain , USA , Poland and New Zealand

Spong’s not a scholar but the rest are pretty sharp.  Mostly.  Most of the time.

The Most Useful App For Historians

Here’s the one readers here may be most interested in-

Many apps now allow you to have whole libraries of manuscripts and early books in the palm of your hand. Libraries and archives have realised the benefits of producing their images for online use and are now starting to produce apps which enable you to view their manuscripts in amazing quality, and nearly all for free.

e-codices – Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland (text and bytes LLC) 

The libraries of Switzerland have provided over 1000 manuscripts from their collection here, and is the most extensive of any of these apps. Each is scanned in high quality and available offline, sortable by date, language, place of origin and more. The app also includes official catalogue descriptions for each manuscript.

Available for iPad and iPhone (free).

Facebook Theology That Makes Me Sigh


Someone doesn’t know how to distinguish categories very well. First, ‘today’s pharisees’? who would that be. Second, ‘conservative’ does not = fundamentalist. While fundamentalists may be conservative, being conservative is not the same thing as being a fundamentalist. So, whoever worked this little gem of confusion out isn’t very well informed. Or bright.

Salon must be drawing from the same class of journalists who write books about womanhood and looking for Sunday and other such drivel.

Luther’s Advice to Pastors


The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology

companionCovering everything from “Abba” to “Zwingli,” The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology offers a comprehensive account of a wide sweep of topics and thinkers in Christian theology. Written entirely by eminent scholar Anthony Thiselton, the book features a coherence lacking in most multiauthored volumes.

Drawing on his encyclopedic knowledge, gained from fifty-plus years of study and teaching, Thiselton provides some six hundred articles on various aspects of theology throughout the centuries. The entries comprise both short descriptive surveys and longer essays of original assessment on central theological topics — such as atonement, Christology, God, and Holy Spirit — and on such theologians as Aquinas, Augustine, Barth, Calvin, Küng, Luther, Moltmann, and Pannenberg. The book also includes a helpful time chart dating all of the theologians discussed and highlighting key events in Christian history; select reading suggestions conclude each of the longer entries.

Equally valuable for research and teaching, The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology will be a go-to reference for pastors, students, teachers, and theologians everywhere.

Read more from the author of this book on Eerdword.

Eerdmans have sent a copy of this new volume for review, and here are my thoughts:

The amount of learning necessary to achieve an encyclopedic volume of this sort is stunning. Thiselton seems well suited to the task, however, including every imaginable theological topic, significant person, and important idea. Readers familiar with this reviewer’s personal interests will know from the very outset that the first entry I would examine would be that devoted to Huldrych Zwingli. And so I have. And what have I discovered?

Thiselton’s comprehensive knowledge has its weak spots and cracks. But, to be fair, whose knowledge is utterly comprehensive about anything or anyone? For instance, he states that Zwingli moved from Einsiedeln to Zurich to become the People’s Priest. That is technically only partially correct. He did move to Zurich in 1518 but he didn’t assume his duties as People’s Priest until 1519 (on January 1st, on his 35th birthday. The rest of the essay is, however, spot on.

If minor cracks appear, they are easily corrected and even if left uncorrected, of little to no consequence so far as the usefulness of the volume at hand is concerned. This is an impressive bit of scholarship.

This book is comprised, then, of a Preface wherein T. sets forth the aspects of his volume which set it apart from many similar volumes. Following that T. gives readers an extensive list of abbreviations which will be found throughout the tome. Next, there’s a handy timeline which provides major events in every century from the 1st through the 21st , or rather, major personalities, for this is a biographical volume as much if not more than a topical one.

Coming next is a full listing of every entry (in alphabetical order but without page numbers being listed). A sampling of entries includes Abba, Apotheosis, Aseity, Athanasius, Augustine, Barmen Declaration, Bede, Buber, Bucer, Caird, Dante, Desert Fathers, Exegesis, Filioque, Frankfurt School, Fox, Gadamer, Glossolalia, Heaven, Hegel, Negative Theology, Panentheism, Parables of Jesus, Queer Theology, Rapture, Vatican I, Vatican II, Vulgate, Wesley, Westcott, Womanism, Wright, Young, and, finally, Zwingli.

Many of the entries are quite short (Abba is a third of the page) in length whilst others are immense (like Atonement, which runs on for 30 pages). Some are even a few sentences while others much more. Clearly Thiselton has decided those issues which need a fuller treatment than others. Many of us may wish that he had cut some and added to others but until we take it upon ourselves to actually produce such a volume, we would do well not to complain overly much about particular editorial considerations.

The book holds between its covers over 600 articles. No one holding it in both hands (that’s what’s required) can help but being awed by the effort T. has expended. It consists of level headed analysis of every topic and person it covers. For instance, in his treatment of Brunner, T. notes that while in the common mind, Barth and Brunner are attached to one another, in fact there are three major points of difference between the two men. And he is quite right. These entries, then, are not merely dry as dust boring facts but nuanced and careful analyses.

When readers should think further about a particular person or topic, a very short (two or three entry) bibliography is also appended to each article. There are no footnotes or endnotes of any kind. Cross referenced articles appear in bold print.

What this volume is, then, is a thoroughly useful reference resource which enables readers and students to have near to hand a rich and meticulously compiled research tool. While reading or studying and happening upon a concept or name which is unfamiliar to the reader of any theological text, users of this volume have a careful assistant who will guide them to fuller understanding between the book’s covers. It should find a place on every theologian’s desk, and kept there. It will be used constantly.

Joel Watts’ Relatives in Florida Arrested- For Selling Tickets to Heaven

image3Tito and Amanda Watts were arrested over the weekend for selling “golden tickets to heaven” to hundreds of people. The couple, who sold the tickets on the street for $99.99 per ticket, told buyers the tickets were made from solid gold and each ticket reserved the buyer a spot in heaven — simply present the ticket at the pearly gates and you’re in.

“People can sell tickets to heaven,” a Jacksonville police spokesman said. “But the Watts misrepresented their product. The tickets were just wood spray painted gold with ‘Ticket To Heaven – Admit One’ written in marker. You can’t sell something as gold when it’s not. That’s where the Watts crossed the line into doing something illegal.”

Tito…  Ha.  I wonder how many people were stupid enough to buy them.  Anyway clearly the guy is Joel’s cousin.  The family resemblance, including the knicked neck and the tiger makeup, is impossible to deny.

On The Anniversary of Pope Paul II’s Supposed Death


Holy Week With Huldrych

Zwingli and his co-workers appeared before the Zurich City Council on

April 11, 1525,—Tuesday of Holy Week,—and demanded the abolition of the mass and the substitution therefor of the Lord’s Supper as described by the evangelists and the Apostle Paul. Opposition being made to the proposition, the Council delegated its debate with Zwingli to four of themselves, and their report being on Zwingli’s side, the Council ordered that the mass be abolished forthwith, 

Consequently, on Thursday, April 13, 1525, the first evangelical communion service took place in the Great Minster, and according to Zwingli’s carefully thought out arrangement, which he had published April 6th.

 A table covered with a clean linen cloth was set between the choir and the nave in the Great Minster. Upon it were the bread upon wooden platters and the wine in wooden beakers. The men and the women in the congregation were upon opposite sides of the middle aisle. 

Zwingli preached a sermon and offered prayer. The deacon read Paul’s account of the institution of the sacrament in 1 Cor., 11:20 sqq. Then Zwingli and his assistants and the congregation performed a liturgy, entirely without musical accompaniment in singing, but translated into the Swiss dialect from the Latin mass service, with the introduction of appropriate Scripture and the entire elimination of the transubstantiation teaching. 

The elements were passed by the deacons through the congregation. This Eucharist service was repeated upon the two following days.

Aussie Depravity

Father Marries Off 12-Year-Old Daughter To 26-Year-Old Man, Encourages New ‘Husband’ To Have Sex With Her. 


According to Mirror Online, the young girl was married off to a 26-year-old man in an Islamic ceremony that reportedly took place at his Sydney, Australia home. The child’s mother, who is reportedly divorced from the father, asked that he not carry out the ceremony, but to no avail. Although the wedding was not recognized under Australian law, the series of events that took place after the wedding have led to the father’s arrest.

Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1975701/father-marries-off-12-year-old-daughter-to-26-year-old-man-encourages-new-husband-to-have-sex-with-her/#62fXgVolQBIVkTBc.99

Sick dad of the year.

A Little Known Fact About Luther: He Liked Sandwiches…

And to goad ideologues.  He liked that better than he liked eating.  Or beer.  He was a rabble-rouser.


Luther Heads to Worms

1521: The Diet of Worms decided on 19 February to summon Luther to Worms. Luther was already excommunicated by this time. Because he would be leaving the safety of electoral Saxony, Luther received a “safe conduct.” On 2 April, Luther left Wittenberg in the company of the imperial herald, Kaspar Sturm. Two weeks later, 16 April, Luther arrived in Worms and discovered that he was to go before the emperor the next day.


Bild: Friedrich Wilhelm Martersteig (1814-1899), Einzug Luthers in Worms am 16. April 1521

From our friends in Sachsen-Anhalt.

One day, I expect that my every move too will be chronicled.  Because.  Hey stop laughing.  You never know!