Daily Archives: 6 Sep 2016

From Now On Being Comically Eviscerated Will Be Known as ‘Being Coultered’

Because her empty blonde head was justifiably slapped about metaphorically with just cause and great vigor.  And no white supremacist deserves it more.

“Ann Coulter has written 11 books — 12 if you count ‘Mein Kampf,’” comedian Nikki Glaser said. “Ann’s been called things like a racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, a white supremacist. … The only person you will ever make happy is the Mexican who digs your grave.”

“It’s not too late to change, Ann. You could kill yourself,” comedian Jimmy Carr said.

… and so on. Things got even more awkward when Coulter (who only showed up to promote her new book, “In Trump We Trust”) took the dais and offered her own zingers, many of which were met with boos, very light laughter or heckling. Comedy Central cameras also offered faces of stony silence in the audience. …

“You know, Ann, after seeing your set tonight,” Lowe said when it was his turn to take the stage, “I think we’ve all witnessed the first bombing that you can’t blame on a Muslim.”

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Posted by on 6 Sep 2016 in Modern Culture


The Bee Stings the Pseudo-Morality of the Modern Christian

Sources confirmed Tuesday that unrestrained sex and drug use are now covered as acceptable behaviors under local man Aiden Pearson’s ever-expanding definition of “Christian liberty.”

“I’m just trying to really live into my freedom in Christ while purging myself of any hint of legalism, and doing lots of recreational drugs while fornicating as frequently as possible are effective ways of doing that,” the 24-year-old University of Michigan student noted to sources, adding that he is “completely free” and “unstained by toxic fundamentalist hypocrisy.” “I try to sprinkle some porn and some larceny in there too, just as reminders that I’m not some holier-than-thou, plastic churchgoer.”

Pressed by a source about the physical and spiritual danger of his habitual, unrepentant sin, Pearson cursed him as a “Puritan Nazi” before punching him in the face.

It’s mockery and satire because it’s true.  Of course it’s a view that has nothing in common with authentic Christianity, but it’s par for the post-modern course.

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Photos From #BNTC2016

Corrected… as it were… (and original unretouched photos by Paul Middleton).






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Something To Share

“Holy Places in Biblical and Extrabiblical Traditions: Proceedings of the Bonn-Leiden-Oxford Colloquium on Biblical Studies” is a newly published volume from Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. The contributions of this volume try to shape this phenomenon for selected texts of the Old and New Testament and of Philo of Alexandria. In doing so, they inevitably shed light on central theological issues of these texts. Geographically speaking, the Arabaic Peninsula and the Greek Isles, but also Mesopotamia are brought in as outmost areas, which contain Jerusalem in the middle, but could also contain places such as a mountain, temple, or even a bed of a praying man.

Follow this link to learn more about this new volume:

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Posted by on 6 Sep 2016 in Biblical Studies Resources, Modern Culture


Call For Papers: The Deadline Approaches

October 1st the SECSOR call for papers closes.  If you’re in the SBL and live in the Southeast, come along to our annual meeting in March.  And read a paper.  For the Hebrew Bible section.

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Posted by on 6 Sep 2016 in Conferences, Modern Culture, SBL


Twitter Theology that Makes Me Sigh

Maybe ‘preach the Gospel’ really should top the list instead of coming in as an afterthought…


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Posted by on 6 Sep 2016 in Modern Culture


It’s a Hard Truth, But it Is True

In an essay about sports and American life and Christians in America, Tim Suttle obeserves

“Today, we often regard the Sabbath as arcane or impotent, but it possesses unimaginable power. In my congregation, for example, a chief rival for participation in Sunday morning worship is children’s sports. Soccer, baseball, and basketball games, tournaments, and practices are constantly scheduled on Sunday mornings. For most American families, when a conflict arises between sports and church, it is no contest: Christians submit themselves and their Christian identity to the liturgies of empire every weekend, bowing to the gods of sport and modeling this for their children. Then churches, embroiled in their own competition for market share, refuse to confront this behavior for fear of losing membership. Instead, they offer alternate service times, bending themselves around the will of empire.  If, instead, Christian parents refused to allow their children to play on Sunday mornings, I believe the practice of holding games during church would end in a matter of months. Coaches and leagues would simply have to find another way. In this way, Sabbath is a powerful act of resistance against the empire that wants to name and claim us for its own ends. Sabbath reinforces Christian identity over and against the will of the empire.”

He is right.  It may be a hard truth, but it is true.  If Christians said no to sports when sports conflicted with worship, sports would reschedule.  Instead, the sad truth is that most Christians care more about sports than they do about worship.  All excuses aside, they simply are more interested in games than God.  Little wonder, then, that the world cares so little for God, when they have the example of God’s own people to follow.

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Something New For the Blogroll: The Zurich New Testament Blog

You had me at Zurich… This new blog has a rather interesting aim.  To wit-

This Blog is associated with the Peer-Mentoring-Group “Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft.” This organisation is funded by the UZH Graduate Campus and aims at supporting junior researchers at the UZH Zurich. To achieve this general goal, our own Peer-Mentoring-Group follows three main strategies: (1) We want to create an atmosphere in which independent thinking as well as synergetic effects can thrive. Regular lunches at which everybody is welcome to ask for advice on specific issues and where scholars can have general discussions about their research are an important part of implementing such an academic culture. (2) Different educational biographies lead to a great variety of competences among junior researchers. In methodological workshops we can learn from the expertise of our colleagues. Further, we invite external experts to teach skills that are helpful in the study of early Christianity. (3) While methodological competency is an important aspect of qualifying young researchers for the variegated job market, specific advice on important issues relating to academic careers is also a crucial aspect of postgraduate education. Hence, we organise workshops and seminars that are of relevance in that regard.

The history and description of the new work are spelled out in Germanic detail at the link above.  I’ll add it to the blogroll under biblioblogs, since I intend on looking in on what they’re doing fairly regularly.

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Posted by on 6 Sep 2016 in Modern Culture


History, Politics and the Bible from the Iron Age to the Media Age

9780567670595As biblical studies becomes increasingly fragmented, this collection of essays brings together a number of leading scholars in order to show how historical reconstruction, philology, metacriticism, and reception history can be part of a collective vision for the future of the field.

This collection of essays focuses more specifically on critical questions surrounding the construction of ancient Israel(s), ‘minimalism’, the ongoing significance of lexicography, the development of early Judaism, orientalism, and the use of the Bible in contemporary political discourses.

Looks great!  I think I’ve met the editors…

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Posted by on 6 Sep 2016 in Book of the Week, Books, Modern Culture


Ridiculous Suggestion, Bruce

Note- Bruce Ware- Zwingli had no ‘affinities‘ with the young Calvin.  Joe Mock is right.  Ware’s remark is a real howler.   It’s like suggesting that Augustine’s views exist because of his ‘affinities’ with Luther.  Zwingli was dead before Calvin was ever heard of and certainly before Calvin’s views on the Supper were deceloped.

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Posted by on 6 Sep 2016 in Modern Culture