Daily Archives: 23 Sep 2016

The Church of England’s Abandonment of the Traditional Family

This is a fascinating essay by a C of E insider.

Facebook’s New ‘Heresy’ Button!



Facebook introduced its wide range of reaction buttons earlier this year, and the popular social media network is expanding the tool with a new emoji which will allow users to call out content they see as blatantly heretical within their timeline.

According to a press release by the company Friday, while users still have at their disposal all the previous reactions—“Like,” “Love,” “Haha,” “Wow,” “Sad,” and “Angry”—they’ll now be able to react to any Facebook post with a “Heresy!” button, complete with aghast emoji man wearing a 16th-century-style scholar’s cap.

“We recently noticed a large uptick in comments containing just the word ‘heresy!’ so it really made sense to offer a reaction button expressing the sentiment,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg told news outlets. “The ‘Angry’ button has been a popular option for calling out heretics, but we felt that it didn’t really convey the appropriate level of righteous indignation.”

The option is being rolled out in phases, with all Facebook users expected to see it integrated into their browsing experience “by this time next week.”

According to Zuckerburg, if the new option proves as useful as he thinks it will, other options like “You’re Definitely Going To Hell” and “You’re A Lewd Fellow Of The Baser Sort” will begin internal beta testing soon.

Phil Long is right- I would wear that thing out!  (I wonder how long the Babylon Bee has been following me on Facebook…)

A Public Lecture at UT

Something Else Reformation Related

Europa reformata (english edition)
Reformationsstädte Europas und ihre Reformatoren
edited by Michael Welker, Michael Beintker and Albert de Lange

Europa_Reformata-Cover-ENGL_.inddMore than forty European Reformation cities and their reformers are presented in this book, places spread from as far as Spain via Central Europe to Estonia and Finland, and from Scotland and England to Romania. Well-founded texts and abundant photographs make the activities of the reformers (and their five female counterparts) come alive and highlight the cities with their buildings and historical sources from the Reformation. Supplemented by an illustrated map of Europe and information on church and tourist center addresses, the book is moreover a useful travel guide on the trails of the European Reformation. The perfect gift for the 500th Reformation jubilee.

Here’s the link to ISD.

Martin Luther: The Art of the Reformation- Available from ISD

luther-artVia ISD-

This Fall, exhibitions commemorating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation will be shown in Minneapolis, New York, and Atlanta. They offer a comprehensive picture of the life and work of Martin Luther, his Reformation, its cultural-historical context and lasting impact. Their focus is on unique exhibits from authentic places associated with Luther’s life and the history of the Reformation.

We are excited to announce new volumes from Sandstein Verlag that are companions to the exhibitions. They are available as a two volume set in a slipcase. You may learn more about that set by clicking through the image below.

Follow this link to learn more about the Essays volume:https://www.isdistribution.com/BookDetail.aspx?aId=76597

Follow this link to learn more about the Catalogue:https://www.isdistribution.com/BookDetail.aspx?aId=76596

The two volumes together can be found here.

I Love this Video So Much

It cheers me up every time I watch it.

Williams and Bonhoeffer…

At Sewanee.  And even if you don’t want to drive there from upper Slovenia, you can watch it on live stream.

The annual DuBose Lectures will be held on Sept. 28 and 29, 2016 on the campus of the University of the South’s School of Theology. This year the School of Theology welcomesDr. Rowan Williams as the esteemed guest lecturer. All lectures will take place in Guerry Auditorium.

The live-stream link for the open conversation on Sept. 29 will be available here at 1:30 p.m. central time.

Bonhoeffer Revisited: from Christology to Politics: Dietrich Bonhoeffer still attracts attention and admiration as a thinker and as a Christian witness. There has been much excellent new biographical study but some aspects of his theology still need drawing out. During the 1930s, even as he was shaping his responses to the political crisis of the age, he continued to wrestle with the theological roots of public commitment. These lectures will look at developments in his thinking in the hope of clarifying how he saw his resistance to political tyranny not just as a matter of discipleship in general, but as the center-point of a Christological politics.

Bonhoeffer….  ick.  He was the Joel Osteen of the Reich.

Free From Brill: After Conversion- Iberia and the Emergence of Modernity

14364892_1212578428813831_558556428114820317_nNew in Open Access: After Conversion examines the religious and ideological consequences of mass conversion in Iberia, where Jews and Muslims were forcibly converted or expelled in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Edited by Mercedes García-Arenal (Madrid).

The volume can be freely obtained here.

Memory and the Reception of Jesus in Early Christianity

If you like that kind of thing…

Biblical Studies Online

The Memory and the Reception of Jesus in Early Christianity Conference was held on Friday 10th to Saturday 11th June 2016, at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. Some of the lectures from this conference are now available on YouTube:

Chris Keith (read by Steve Walton), “The Memory Approach and the Reception of Jesus”

Christine Jacobi, “The Reception of Jesus in Paul”

Discussion after Keith and Jacobi

Richard Bauckham, “The Psychology of Eyewitness Memory”

Helen Bond, “The Reception of Jesus in the Gospel of John”

Discussion after Bauckham and Bond

Jens Schroeter, “Memory and Theories of History”

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Did You Know That Before Obama Was Elected There Was No Racism Problem in America? Yeah, Neither Did I

But that’s what Trump’s campaign chair in Ohio said.

Donald Trump’s campaign chair in a prominent Ohio county has claimed there was “no racism” during the 1960s and said black people who have not succeeded over the past half-century only have themselves to blame.  Kathy Miller, who is white and chair of the Republican nominee’s campaign in Mahoning County, made the remarks during a taped interview with the Guardian’s Anywhere but Washington series of election videos.

“If you’re black and you haven’t been successful in the last 50 years, it’s your own fault. You’ve had every opportunity, it was given to you,” she said.  “You’ve had the same schools everybody else went to. You had benefits to go to college that white kids didn’t have. You had all the advantages and didn’t take advantage of it. It’s not our fault, certainly.”  Miller also called the Black Lives Matter movement “a stupid waste of time” and said lower voter turnout among African Americans could be related to “the way they’re raised”.

Is absolute historical ignorance and flagrant racism required to be a part of the Trump campaign?  Is it like a job requirement?

A Photo from Class Sunday…

I don’t know who snapped this photo of me on Sunday but I’m going to make it my profile pic…