Daily Archives: 17 Oct 2016

They’re Still Cannibals After All These Years…

In spite of 500 + years of fine theological instruction from Zwingli people persist in their barbarous view that the Supper is cannibalism.

Der Luther-Code — Sprung in die Freiheit


Neue Weltsichten und nicht eine Erneuerung des Glaubens haben Martin Luther und die reformatorische Bewegung vor 500 Jahren angestoßen. Die Dokureihe fragt: Wie ist der moderne Mensch entstanden? Und ist er vorbereitet, die Zukunft zu meistern? Junge Genforscher, Astrophysiker, Aktivisten, Blogger und Unternehmer geben Antworten. In dieser Folge: Sprung in die Freiheit

Mit 95 Thesen hat Martin Luther vor 500 Jahren eine Erneuerung des Glaubens und eine Revolution des Wissens ausgelöst und das Tor zur Zukunft weit aufgestoßen. Unser heutiges Bild der Welt gründet ganz wesentlich auf den Folgen der Reformation und den Errungenschaften der Renaissance im 16. Jahrhundert. Die Moderne ist entstanden, weil der Mensch sich damals plötzlich gefragt hat: „Wer bin ich eigentlich – und was ist meine Rolle in der Welt? Was kann ich tun – und an was soll ich glauben?” Heute stehen wir erneut inmitten einer Zeitenwende von epochalem Ausmaß: Die Globalisierung und die digitale Revolution arbeiten sich in kaum vorstellbarer Geschwindigkeit an fast allem bis dahin Gültigen ab – und wieder scheint nichts mehr so zu sein, wie es war.

Die aufregende Entdeckungsreise des „Luther-Codes” beginnt im 15. Jahrhundert: Der Mensch steht noch ganz unter dem Einfluss von Kirche und Gott. Doch die Reformation und die Errungenschaften der Renaissance eröffnen neue Horizonte – es kommt zum Urknall des freien Denkens.

Etc. Which do see. And here’s a longer trailer (in English)-

Q&A With NT Wright – by Chris Tilling


Prof. Dr Christopher Tilling and The Commentary

Herr Prof. Dr. Tilling writes

Dr Jim West has undertaken the phenomenal task of writing a commentary on every book of the Bible! And what strikes this reader most forcefully is its faithfulness to what it says on the tin: West’s efforts have been expended “for the person in the pew”.

In other words, one should not expect the usual exhaustive analysis of syntax, interpretive options, history of scholarship and such like. These commentaries are written so that the reader needs no theological education, and West presupposes no ability to read Greek or Hebrew. Anyone can read and understand these.

The result is like going through the biblical texts, with a scholarly pastor, who pauses to make a number of bite-sized observations on the way. And whatever one thinks of those annotations, anyone can follow and digest them. West writes with a heart for the church, and his unique character and love for scripture are obvious in these pages.

Dr. Chris Tilling
New Testament Tutor,
St Mellitus College & St Paul’s Theological Centre

Acquire and obtain a copy directly from me for a paltry $199 by clicking my PayPal Link.  It’s that simple.  And if you don’t want the whole collection,  I’m happy to send each volume individually for those who prefer it. Just paypal me $5 and tell me which you wish.


Conference Announcement: Teaching and learning in the ancient Mediterranean


Bookish Circles:
Teaching and learning in the ancient Mediterranean (Part II)
A series of collaborative colloquia and seminars of the Heythrop Centre for Textual Studies

Prompted by insights from the social sciences and furnished with twentieth-century manuscript discoveries, recent analysts have achieved considerable refinement in the study of literacy in the ancient Mediterranean. A set of related questions has come to the fore. What kinds of literacy can be discerned? What purposes did they serve in various ancient contexts? And in what kinds of social circle were certain sorts of literacy at home? Posing such questions has allowed discussion to transcend previous deterministic conceptions where orality and literacy were viewed as evolutionary stages in a linear process; where attention focused principally on what percentage of people were literate; and where this literacy was a largely undifferentiated category.

In this project we pursue the task of distinguishing varieties of ancient literacy, the social functions they served and the circles in which they did so. Bringing classicists together with analysts of the ancient Jewish and early Christian materials can only improve our hopes for historical insight. The discussion will continue to illuminate areas of ancient Jewish and early Christian studies where a canonical perspective still hampers social historical enquiry in some quarters. To this end, we explore ancient varieties of adult teaching and learning with a view to casting further light on kinds and functions of literacy in the ancient Mediterranean.

Booking for Bookish Circles, Part II

Delegates may register for one or both days, at a charge of £25 per day. This includes lunch each day as well as tea and coffee breaks throughout the day. Please book here:

Delegates may also join speakers at an evening meal from 18:00 on Friday 25th November at the Randa Lebanese restaurant, Kensington Church Street, London (a few minutes walk from Heythrop College), for an additional £30 per head. This will need to be paid in cash on the day.

Related events

Part I took place at Heythrop College, 29th-30th July 2016. Part III comprises individual seminars held at Heythrop College between December 2016 – June 2017. For details of Parts I-III, and online footage of speaker’s papers, please visit:

Direct queries to Jonathan Norton:

The Bee Stings The Frozen Presbyterians

Reports coming out of United Presbyterian Church are confirming that the church’s energy-saving, motion-activated lights switched off partway through its 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday.

The lights, recently installed as a cost-saving measure, were designed to turn off after fifteen minutes of inactivity in the building, ensuring the church wouldn’t draw any unnecessary power when the building wasn’t in use.


But church leaders didn’t anticipate the plan backfiring, as both the reverend and the congregants remained so still during opening hymns and the first part of the message that the lights turned off, leaving everyone in partial darkness.

“I checked my church bulletin, but having the lights go out wasn’t in the detailed program of planned events for the morning,” one church member told reporters. “We weren’t sure what to do, so we just continued sitting in stony silence.”

According to witnesses, the reverend simply continued preaching in the dark. When his hour-long sermon was over, the church remained still for the closing hymns and offertory, with the lights finally coming back when they were dismissed and began to stand up to walk out of the building.


More Papist Nonsense for a Profit

Buy a piece of the ‘true cross’… (don’t people read Erasmus anymore?)…  Or better, just send me the $3600 and I’ll send you the entire Commentary.


How Fear Works in Politics


cartoon via
captioning mine.

Luther on Being Praised, and Cursed

I have now come to the point that, by long experience with hearing curses, I consider blessings and curses in this life to amount to about the same thing. — Martin Luther

Interested in the Middle Ages?

Then this will interest you.

Oxford medievalists, you will be delighted to know that you now have online access to Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages. Access is via OxLIP+ and soon also via SOLO.

This authoritative reference work covers medieval European history, culture, religious and intellectual life, and technology, 400-1500 AD. It is an English translation of the 2013 update of the well-known German-language “Enzyklopädie des Mittelalters”, which was originally published by Primus Verlag / Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft in 2008.

Transnational and interdisciplinary in approach, topics cover current art and architecture, medicine, and law, archaeology, ecclesiastical history, and languages and literature. They focus not on “event” history but on the comparative study of wider processes and problems.

If you aren’t at Oxford… look into access.