Daily Archives: 10 Jan 2017

Dylann Roof

#BREAKING: Dylann Roof sentenced to death for Charleston church massacre.

Via WATE news

Alabama Wins Electoral College, Declared National Champion

Bahahahahaha!  

HarperCollins Drops Crowley’s Heavily Plagiarized Book

HarperCollins said that it will stop selling a book by Monica Crowley that an investigation by CNN’s KFile found to have more than 50 instances of plagiarism.

The conservative author and television personality was picked by President-elect Donald Trump to serve as senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council.

“The book, which has reached the end of its natural sales cycle, will no longer be offered for purchase until such time as the author has the opportunity to source and revise the material,” according [to] the statement from HarperCollins.

Via CNN.

Diarmaid MacCulloch on Luther

500 years after the Reformation, Diarmaid MacCulloch examines how the announcement of a university seminar in Germany led to the division of Europe. He examines the ideas of Martin Luther, where they came from and why they proved so revolutionary, tracing their development and influence, and reflecting on what they mean for us today. Listen to it here:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b087pr2y

Via Oxford Theology on Facebook.

Diarmaid MacCulloch on Mary

On BBC 4.   You should give it a listen.  It’s a fantastic program.

Luther and the West: A Free Coursera Course From Northwestern University

This course looks like something worth taking, and I appreciate Hywell Clifford telling me about it.

About this course: In this course we will discuss the history of some ideas that have been hugely influential in the modern west and that were taken out to the rest of the world. The discussion centers on an extraordinary and historically important figure, a sixteenth century German man named Martin Luther.

Luther is recognized today as the originator of many of the most significant ideas that continue to affect and shape who we as modern people are and how we see the world and ourselves for better and for worse.

In the first section, we will explore why Luther thought the Bible was the most important volume for everyone to have and read. Included here will be a careful consideration of Luther’s anti-Judaism, which contributed to western antisemitism and some of the greatest horrors of the twentieth century.

In the second section, we will talk about the idea of freedom and how Luther’s understanding of freedom in Christ affected the way modern thinkers understood what it means to be human in community. Important in this section is the consequential contradiction between freedom and slavery in western thought and their co-existence in western societies.

The third section will be all about the many complicated relations between religion and politics.

You can sign up for a certificate for $49 or do the course for free without any credit.   I’m taking it just to do it.

Signs of the Times

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Even the Economist is Cashing in on Luther

lutherIn an essay (which also mentions Calvin and Zwingli in passing) worth a few minutes of your time.

SET foot in Germany this year and you are likely to encounter the jowly, dour portrait of Martin Luther. With more than 1,000 events in 100 locations, the whole nation is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the monk issuing his 95 theses and (perhaps apocryphally) pinning them to the church door at Wittenberg. He set in motion a split in Christianity that would forever change not just Germany, but the world.

At home, Luther’s significance is no longer primarily theological. After generations of secularisation, not to mention decades of official atheism in the formerly communist east (which includes Wittenberg), Germans are not particularly religious. But the Reformation was not just about God. It shaped the German language, mentality and way of life. For centuries the country was riven by bloody confessional strife; today Protestants and Catholics are each about 30% of the population. But after German unification in the 19th century, Lutheranism won the culture wars. “Much of what used to be typically Protestant we today perceive as typically German,” says Christine Eichel, author of “Deutschland, Lutherland”, a book about Luther’s influence.

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