Daily Archives: 21 May 2016

If the Titanic Sank Today…

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If People Treated Medicine Like they Do Biblical Studies and Theology

  • Someone who knew nothing about medicine but who read a wikipedia essay in the morning would be performing brain surgery at night.
  • Someone who had a medical dictionary and could consult it when needed would be invited to be a talking head on a documentary.
  • Someone who could use the internet to ‘look up’ the ‘truth’ would be allowed to write prescriptions and people would actually take them.
  • Someone who went to an hour long class at the age of 5 for 3 weeks would be permitted to practice medicine.
  • There would be a lot of dead people thanks to the malpractice that would be widely committed and yet very few would complain and everyone else would be muttering ‘well everyone’s entitled to their opinion’.

That’s what would happen if medicine were treated the way biblical studies and theology are treated.

Post-Modernity: An Observation

The normalization of abnormality is the abnormalization of normality.

Open Day At Ming Hua

Among the displays was this gem:

minghua

I wasn’t able to be there today but I loved my time there in January and look forward to returning.

Moltmann: An Observation

Moltmann is what happens when ‘theologians’ don’t own a Bible.

Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh

Does Moltmann just make stuff up as he goes so it will fit on a bumper sticker?  Because this is just absurd.  It lacks scriptural foundation, it makes no sense, and it obliterates any sense of free will.  In Moltmann’s disturbed view, you have no choice at all.  God will force himself on you whether you like it or not.

sigh

Tune in next week when Molty says ‘Sacrifice is meaningless and God just really waved a magic wand and declared every person righteous.’

You Just Think You Have The Power to ‘Be Good’…

[But] so great is the power of concupiscence that men obey their evil impulses more often than their sound judgment, while the devil, who as Paul says (Eph. 2:2) is at work in the ungodly, never stops inciting this feeble nature to various offenses. – Philip Melanchthon

The Opening of the Baden Disputation

The disputation was opened in the Catholic city of Baden, in Aargau, May 21, 1526, and lasted eighteen days, till the 8th of June. The cantons and four bishops sent deputies, and many foreign divines were present. The Protestants were a mere handful, and despised as “a beggarly, miserable rabble.” Zwingli, who foresaw the political aim and result of the disputation, was prevented by the Council of Zurich from leaving home, because his life was threatened; but he influenced the proceedings by daily correspondence and secret messengers. No one could doubt his courage, which he showed more than once in the face of greater danger, as when he went to Marburg through hostile territory, and to the battlefield at Cappel. But several of his friends were sadly disappointed at his absence. He would have equalled Eck in debate and excelled him in biblical learning. Erasmus was invited, but politely declined on account of sickness.

The arrangements for the disputation and the local sympathies were in favor of the papal party. Mass was said every morning at five, and a sermon preached; the pomp of ritualism was displayed in solemn processions. The presiding officers and leading secretaries were Romanists; nobody besides them was permitted to take notes. The disputation turned on the real presence, the sacrifice of the mass, the invocation of the Virgin Mary and of saints, on images, purgatory, and original sin. Dr. Eck was the champion of the Roman faith, and behaved with the same polemical dexterity and overbearing and insolent manner as at Leipzig: robed in damask and silk, decorated with a golden ring, chain and cross; surrounded by patristic and scholastic folios, abounding in quotations and arguments, treating his opponents with proud contempt, and silencing them with his stentorian voice and final appeals to the authority of Rome. Occasionally he uttered an oath, “Potz Marter.” A contemporary poet, Nicolas Manuel, thus described his conduct:—

“Eck stamps with his feet, and claps his hands,
He raves, he swears, he scolds;
‘I do,’ cries he, ‘what the Pope commands,
And teach whatever he holds.’ ”

Schaff continues a brilliant description which is very much worth reading.

Poor Luther…

He’s become nothing more than a marketing ploy….  No worse fate can befall one.