Daily Archives: 30 Dec 2015

Another Course for those in Hong Kong and Vicinity


55 and Counting


Peter Opitz: The Tagesanzeiger Interview

Read it here.  The best bit-

opitzWas ist mit all den negativen Assoziationen, die dem Zwinglianischen

Als Historiker ärgere ich mich oft über den Unsinn, der hier erzählt wird. Zwingli hat keine Täufer ertränkt, er hatte kein politisches Mandat, sie zu verurteilen, ja er hat sie sogar lange verteidigt. Es war der Rat, die politische Behörde, die in den notorisch ungehorsamen Täuferpredigern eine Gefahr sah und schliesslich einige hinrichtete, über 250 Jahre bevor so etwas wie Religionsfreiheit erstmals propagiert wurde.

But read it all.  Every word.

Quote of The Day

I could NOT agree MORE!

Jim! You are absolutely the most agreeable and responsive person I’ve worked with as an editor in 20 years!   — M. Patrick Graham, Ph.D. (Margaret A. Pitts Professor of Theological Bibliography and Director, Pitts Theology Library)

Guns Aren’t So Great When You Kill Your Own Daughter Because You Think She’s A Burgler…

A Florida woman killed her 27-year-old daughter after mistaking her for an intruder, officials in St. Cloud said on Wednesday.  Police said that the mother was sleeping when she heard something that sounded like an intruder at around 11:51 p.m. on Tuesday, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

So, naturally, she just fired away at what she knew not.   Because anyone can get a gun even if they shouldn’t be able to.  And now she gets to live with the knowledge that she murdered her own child.  I’d rather be dead myself and have my child live than live with that guilt.  I couldn’t bear it.

According to police, the woman fired a single shot at the suspected intruder before discovering that she had shot her daughter, who died after being taken to a local hospital by emergency crews. St. Cloud Police Department declined to release the identities of the shooter or the victim because someone in the home works for a law enforcement agency. Police also declined to say if the resident who worked for law enforcement was involved in the shooting.

Oh that makes it even better… someone who knew better did not live better.

“At this time, the incident appears to be an accidental shooting,” a statement from police said.

But the end result is a dead person.  Guns don’t kill people though, moms who are trigger happy do.  Another sacrifice to the Gun god.  Yay, US.

Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh

Nope.  No.  Nein.  Nope.  That’s not how it goes.  Not even in the fertile mind of Moltmann or Osteen or Meyer or Warren or Wesley.




Another Joyce Meyer’s Theological Fail


Nothing like making forgiveness about you and ignoring the fact that it’s a reflection of God’s own mercy.  Nice fail, Joyce.  Nice fail.

Antiquities Thieves Beware

The Israeli government is cracking down:

The High Court rejected on Monday a motion by antiquities dealers against new regulations that force them to register their inventories online.  The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) hailed the decision as no less than a revolution.

The ruling ends the drawn-out process of changing the regulations, which began in 2012. The High Court rejected a petition by fifteen licensed antiquities dealers challenging the State of Israel and the Antiquities Authority by seeking a request to rescind the regulations for the management of inventories that took effect this year.

The regulations had been issued after a lengthy process of revision regulations that was initiated by the IAA, the Minister of Culture and Sports, the Ministry of Justice and the Knesset Education Committee. The Supreme Court justices, headed by Chief Justice Miriam Naor, Justice Anat Baron and Deputy Chief Justice Elyakim Rubinstein, did not see fit to intervene in the regulations enacted by the legislature, because in their words, the process by which the regulations were adopted was not flawed.

Advocate Radwan Badihi, legal adviser for the Israel Antiquities Authority, expressed his satisfaction with the court’s judgment. “The phenomenon of antiquities robbery is a national catastrophe,” he said. “The court’s ruling has put an end to years of ongoing damage to cultural assets and will place Israel in line with the civilized countries of the world in protecting the nation’s cultural heritage and antiquities. The court issued the Antiquities Authority effective tools for the enforcement and protection of antiquities”.

Whore Hunting

Bullinger had a way with words…

Sin is of most men taken for error; for that, I mean, whereby we do not only err from the thing which is true, right, just and good, but do also follow and decline to that which is naught. The Latins derive their word peccatum, sin, of pellicatus, whore-hunting; which is a fault of wedded people that are corrupted with the spirit of fornication, as when men prefer harlots before their lawful wives. — Heinrich Bullinger

Reading the Reformers would make modern theologians better writers.  As things stand, though, too many are dull as drying paint.  Even Barth was a livelier writer than our moderns.

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But Israel is Our ‘Ally’ And Must NEVER be Criticized…

No matter what it does to whomsoever.  Right, Palestinians (and now Jewish women…)?

After a meeting with the heads of ultra-Orthodox haredi political parties, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reported to have agreed not to allow the Women of the Wall (WOW) prayer-rights group to read from a Torah in the women’s section of the Western Wall. WOW wants to be allowed to read from the Torah for monthly prayer services and to allow girls to have their Bat Mitzvah at the Western Wall. WOW won the right to pray at the Western Wall in accordance with their own practices in 2013, but have been prevented from reading the Torah by a regulation drafted by administrator of the Western Wall and the Holy Places, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, in 2010 that bans the use of private Torah scrolls at the Western Wall. Torah scrolls are available for use on site, but only for men.

Good old Bibi- servant of the Jewish Taliban.

Again, If You’re in Hong Kong or Vicinity