Daily Archives: 19 Jan 2017

Trump Supporters Have Invented a Man Who Doesn’t Exist

On the twitter

 –  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.

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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.

The Problem With Too Much Biblical Scholarship…

Is that it is utterly irrelevant and ignored because it’s just blatant speculation built on speculation and circularity. #ScholarsHaveOnlyThemselvesToBlame

LXX Summer School in Salzburg

Fly to Salzburg!

Septuaginta &c.

This summer from 3 – 7 July a summer school will be held at the Faculty of Theology at the Universität Salzburg in Austria. The course will be a fantastic opportunity if you are interested in Septuagint studies, and is entitled

On Biblical Manuscripts and Their Use in Biblical Studies. The Hebrew and Greek Texts of Esther

Because this course will focus on manuscripts in both Hebrew and Greek, it should be very appealing even if you are primarily interested in textual studies of the Hebrew Bible, rather than the Septuagint. Plus, you might be able to get course credits for it.

Don’t Pass it Up

I have brought this up several times in the past, but graduate courses focused upon Septuagint studies are unfortunately quite rare, making it very difficult for interested students to get oriented to the discipline by means of direct instruction. These are rarer still if you only count courses taught…

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Luther’s Thoughts on Muslims…

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!!!!……..

Signs of the Times

Signs of the Times

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All ancient history now: England’s damaging Reformation

A great piece on the English Reformation.

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Laura Sangha

On Tuesday 16 January, in the year of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Archbishops and Canterbury and York issued a joint statement on ‘the damage done five centuries ago to the unity of the Church’. It reads:

The Reformation was a process of both renewal and division amongst Christians in Europe. In this Reformation Anniversary year, many Christians will want to give thanks for the great blessings they have received to which the Reformation directly contributed…

…Many will also remember the lasting damage done five centuries ago to the unity of the Church, in defiance of the clear command of Jesus Christ to unity in love. Those turbulent years saw Christian people pitted against each other, such that many suffered persecution and even death at the hands of others claiming to know the same Lord. A legacy of mistrust and competition would then accompany the…

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Refo Thursday: Luther and Relics

“What lies there are about relics! One claims to have a feather from the wing of the angel Gabriel, and the Bishop of Mainz has a flame from Moses’ burning bush. And how does it happen that eighteen apostles are buried in Germany when Christ had only twelve?”—Martin Luther

Enjoy the essay.

Reformation Jubilees Gone Wild…

Via the face book-  Reformation kitsch gone crazy.

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Christianity, Book-Burning and Censorship in Late Antiquity

9783110486070De Gruyter have sent along this for review.  It is comprised of seven substantive chapters:

  1. The Great Persecution, the Emperor Julian and Christian Reactions
  2. Fahrenheit AD 451 – Imperial Legislation and Public Authority
  3. Holy Men, Clerics and Ascetics
  4. Materialist Philosophy
  5. Moral Disapproval of Literary Genres
  6. Destruction of Libraries
  7. 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.

And

… in the early imperial period … book-burning served the purpose of conflict-management.

And

… 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.

And

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!

#TBT

Last January at Ming Hua Theological College with these great students:

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