A recent survey of self-identified American evangelicals found that the vast majority possess a view of angels, demons, spiritual warfare heavily informed by the popular CW television show Supernatural, a report released by The Barna Group Wednesday confirmed.
The influence of the show on the nation’s believers, laymen, and clergy alike, has been massive and far-reaching. According to the survey results, a full 80% of evangelical pastors recommend warding off demonic attacks using methods like shotguns filled with rock salt, complex devil traps carved into floors and ceilings, and “special,” demon-killing knives.
Further, an overwhelming 92% of Christians believe the best remedy for the darkness that is overtaking America is sending demon hunters like Sam and Dean Winchester to battle monsters, ghosts, witches, and demons all over the nation.
“The Bible tells us that Satan is going about like a roaring lion,” one anonymous respondent wrote. “How do you take down a lion? Magic bullets fired from a specially enchanted 1836 Colt Paterson revolver—that’s how.”
Nicht das Selbst des Menschen musste befreit werden, sondern der Mensch musste von seinem Selbst befreit werden. Menschsein an sich bedeutete Unfreiheit, da sein Ich sich einen Platz außerhalb Gottes zu schaffen suchte. Nur Gott aber war frei.
The man understands Luther like few have.
“We do not deny that we have fully merited your wrath; we beg and beseech you that you take it from us so that we may be stirred to the worthy praise of your name not only by words but by every instrument which is suited to lifting up our hearts to you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” – Peter Martyr Vermigli
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Ritalin for the treatment of chronic Hyper-Calvinism in adults and teenagers, a Friday press announcement confirmed.
In clinical trials, the drug was shown to have a calming effect on patients, while simultaneously encouraging evangelism and stifling the belief that God will arbitrarily save people without ordaining any means of their salvation. According to the release, Ritalin was effective in 81% of test cases; when combined with regular Bible study—“regular” defined as “at least 4 times per week”—that number jumped to an amazing 99%.
Side effects were common but harmless and included “odd internal feelings” most often described as “love,” “passion,” and “a desire to reach non-Christians with the good news of Jesus Christ,” according to the study.
“The medication provides an additional choice for Hyper-Calvinists who are currently convinced they have no choice at all, about anything,” said an FDA spokesperson. “When combined with regular Bible study, this treatment plan has shown great promise, consistently relieving problematic overemphasis on God’s wrath while allowing patients to block out much of the peripheral noise that normally distracts them from grasping a biblical understanding of God’s love and the church’s role in the world.”
This was posted on 26 December, 2014. Two years ago to the day. And still it has neither appeared nor has it progressed. Perhaps someone at Logos knows why?
I’ve discovered that Logos has plans to offer the 11 volumes of the magnificent Leben und ausgewählte schriften. Nach handschriftlichen und gleichzeitigen quellen. You should bid on it ($20 is a total deal).
In the meanwhile (because I doubt that I will live long enough to see the project reach fruition given the pace of the Dictionary of Classical Hebrew and my own Commentary), you can find some of the volumes for Google Play (free)(and I couldn’t locate the others- but I’ll keep looking).
- Band 1: Huldreich Zwingli by J.W. Baum and Karl Rudolf Hagenbach
- Band 2: Johann Oekolampad und Oswal Myconius, Die Reformatoren Basels by Karl Rudolf Hagenbach
- Band 3: Capito und Butzer, Straßburgs Reformatoren by J.W. Baum
- Band 4, Teil 1: Johannes Calvin by Ernst Stähelin
- Band 4, Teil 2: Johannes Calvin by Ernst Stähelin
- Band 5: Heinrich Bullinger by Carl Pestalozzi
- Band 6: Theodor Beza by Heinrich Heppe
- Band 7: Peter Märtyrer Vermigli by S. Schmidt
- Band 8: C. Olevianus und Z. Ursinus by Karl Sudhoff
- Band 9: Johannes Lasco, Leo Judä, Franziskus Lambert, Wilhelm Farel, Peter Viret, Joachim Vadian, Berthold Haller, und Ambrosius Blaurer by Petrus Bartels and Carl Pestalozzi
- Band 10: John Knox by Karl Rudolf Hagenbach and Friedrich Brandes
Joseph Fitzmyer dies, relative silence.
George Michael dies, international lamentation.
This world is a pit.