On the twitter
Jeremy Wilcox – @jwilcox79 The Donald Trump that conservatives voted for is an entirely fictitious person they invented in their minds.
Here’s a bit of proof. See for yourself- the Trump they imagine simply does not exist, and never has. He is a figment of their imaginations; a projection of hope that isn’t really there.
Trump never admits to being wrong. Indeed, quite the contrary. Trump is dishonest and ungodly and anyone who has paid any attention to his deeds at all knows it. So why are these people so deluded? It’s because they want to be. Their delusions are self induced.
Is that it is utterly irrelevant and ignored because it’s just blatant speculation built on speculation and circularity. #ScholarsHaveOnlyThemselvesToBlame
They have no respect for marriage, and they place no limit on their unchastity, taking and leaving women as they will, and so their huts stand open front and back and on all sides, so that they pursue their unchastity as if they were cattle. – Martin Luther
Happy 500th Lutheran Reformation Anniversary!!!!……..
Via the face book- Reformation kitsch gone crazy.
De Gruyter have sent along this for review. It is comprised of seven substantive chapters:
- The Great Persecution, the Emperor Julian and Christian Reactions
- Fahrenheit AD 451 – Imperial Legislation and Public Authority
- Holy Men, Clerics and Ascetics
- Materialist Philosophy
- Moral Disapproval of Literary Genres
- Destruction of Libraries
- The Post-Roman Successor States
Everything is drawn together in the conclusion and readers are offered an introduction and the usual indices and bibliographies to round out the volume.
This is a fascinating study. Rohmann has provided students of Christianity one of the most engaging studies I have yet read. The topic is fascinating and the development of the subject is meticulous and wise.
But the most astonishing feature of the volume is the explanation of the historical events which gave rise to book burning among Christians. It’s a fascinating practice and here we learn why it was done and to what end. For example, did you know
…. that book-burning and censorship in ancient societies were in many ways different from a modern notion of these acts where they are often associated with a totalitarian state.
… in the early imperial period … book-burning served the purpose of conflict-management.
… it is worth noting that Christian authors describe philosophy as an ill body that is dying naturally. I suggest that the body-metaphor includes a polemical attack against materialist philosophies because these supported the preference of the body to the soul.
Monks, ascetics and holy men could burn books as part of a spectacle in order to destroy the demons by which they felt persecuted.
This book is literally packed with important historical details which fill in the gaps about an early Christian practice which raises eyebrows among those who may not know the whence and why of book burning. It ought to be read by those with an interest in the intellectual history of the early Church and by those with a fondness for the peculiarities of some Christian practices.
By no means, though, should this volume be ‘burned’ on the woodpile of disinterest. Tolle, lege!
Last January at Ming Hua Theological College with these great students: