Daily Archives: 7 Dec 2016

Because Why Would Seminarians Waste Time Studying Scripture…

Seminaries start #BlackLivesMatter  courses 

religionnews.com/2016/12/07/sem… #BLM

After all, what’s seminary for but to ignore Scripture?  [The following lines have been expunged to spare the feelings of seminary administrators who have lost their ________ minds].

Signs of the Times


Quote of the Day

Vetting for an assistant professor of English at a 3rd-tier, rural, liberal arts college is more rigorous than for the presidential cabinet. – Werner Twertzog (twitter)

The Distortion of Theology

There’s no distortion like the distortion of theology by philosophy.

Sanity on the Codices

Jim Davila writes

SAMUEL ZINNER: The Jordanian Lead Books, David Elkington’s Sensationalism and Plagiarism: A Statement (Academia.edu). This is a statement from one of the scholars on the evaluation panel of the Centre for the Study of the Jordanian Lead Books. I have referred cautiously positively to his draft work on the codices here and here. This statement appears to clarify much, including the mixture of apparent nonsense and apparently serious content which has appeared in recent media treatments, as well as the current state of play concerning the codices themselves. Obviously, I can neither confirm nor dismiss any accusations made in it about any specific person. I link and quote for information and you can make up your own minds.

Read the whole.

Europe’s Bibi Netanyahu Problem

Here’s an intriguing article for your perusal.  Bibi boasts of breaking international law by stealing land and practicing apartheid whilst Europe grovels at Israel’s feet because it has a guilty conscience (in the comic illustration).  Give the essay a read.


Always a Highlight of the Year- The Arrival in December of the Latest Issue of Zwingliana



Join the Zwingliverein and subscribe to the finest journal on the topic of Church history you’re likely to encounter.  It’s presently edited by the stellar genius Christian Moser.

Time’s Orange Con Man of the Year…


Mary Beard is Right- You Don’t Get to ‘Sound Off’ Just Because You Feel Like It

She writes

Sorry folks, experts do know a lot… and, at the same time, they should be vulnerable and open to challenge, unseating, overturn and maybe ridicule. But to do that means more than just sounding off!

She’s responding, of course, to the rather dim soul who had the temerity to pretend knowledge at her on the twitter. Read the account here.  And, again, she’s right.  You don’t get to sound off just because you want to, you have to do the work first.  Or, quite frankly, I’d add, just shut up.

Storm- With English Subtitles

Konrad Grebel Had the ‘Parisian Disease’… Which Explains His Lack of Sense

zw.jpgKonrad Grebel published a snippet contra Zwingli and his position on baptism on the 7th of December, 1524. On the 28th of the same month Zwingli let fly his own ‘Pearl Harbor attack’ on the ‘theology’ of Grebel in his Wer Ursache gebe zu Aufruhr usw. Actually, the full title is Welche ursach gebind ze ufruoren. Welches die waren ufruorer sygind. Und wie man zuo cristlicher einigheit und fryden kommen möge. Durch Huldrych Zuinglin zuo Zürich, etc.

Zwingli delivers a lengthy full frontal attack not only on Grebel’s views but on the stance of the troublemakers as a whole. The opening lines tell the story-

Aller liebsten brueder in gott! Es ist nieman unerkant, wie vil widerstands und muesal erlyden muessend alle, die gottes wort anhangen wöllend, als ouch Paulus 2. Timmo. 3. [2. Tim. 3. 12] anzeygt. Daruß wol ze vermessen ist, das ouch ir vil verspottung, lestrung, tratz und tröuwen tragen muessend darumb, das ir in erkantnus der warheyt kommen, und die angenommen habend. Doch sol üch sölicher widerstand gheinen weg krencken, sonder ye me und me im glouben stercken; dann wir sicherlich an widerwertigheiten erlernend, was recht gegloubt, recht gebättet, recht geraten, recht gethon sye.

Brilliantly Zwingli suggests that the Grebel-ites are in fact persecutors of those who preach the truth and who are spreading the Gospel in its fullness.

Of Grebel himself, Simpson remarks

Conrad Grebel [was] a young man descended from one of the best families of Zurich, brother-in-law of Vadian, and a former friend of Zwingli. He was a man of fine scholarship, having studied at the universities of Paris and Vienna; morally, however, his career had been anything but creditable. At school he had led a life of such wild dissipation as to ruin his health and squander a considerable fortune.*

That’s putting it mildly. Grebel was of such a character that while in Paris he picked up a nasty case of syphilis, which affected his mind (as syphilis is inclined to do) to such a degree that he became more and more unstable- as his interactions with Zwingli show.  The sadly ironic thing is, though, that it was Zwingli who helped Grebel and led him to turn from his life of licentiousness.  Grebel was, to Zwingli, little more than a traitor to the Reformation.

*S. Simpson, Life of Ulrich Zwingli: The Swiss Patriot and Reformer, p. 147.