Daily Archives: 10 Feb 2017

Wikipedia and Donald Trump

  1. Ignorance and the denigration of expertise birthed Wikipedia.
  2. Wikipedia birthed the legitimization of falsehood.
  3. Falsehood birthed Donald Trump.
  4. Donald Trump birthed the exaltation of ignorance.

Absent the denigration of expertise and falsehood Donald Trump never could have risen to power. Trump’s power is rooted in falsehood and ignorance and that is not a healthy combination for any country. When societies follow the lead of a clearly marked deceiver societies suffer serious consequences.

But deception is only possible where ignorance and the denigration of expertise are present.  Hence, Trump is the perfect reflection of the Wikipedian mindset and the Wikipedian state of mind is the perfect soil for the planting of Trumpian deception.

Fun Facts From Church History: Those Monastic Pre-Reformation Libraries Were Tiny

The number of books in the library of the Augustine friars’ monastery in Möðruvellir dropped from 127 in 1461 to 76 in 1525. – From Gutenberg to Luther: Transnational Print Cultures in Scandinavia 1450–1525.

Interesting snippet (from a footnote) in a very interesting book.

Quote of the Day

Do not make friends with one who gives way to anger, make no one quick-tempered a companion of yours, for fear you learn such behaviour and in it find a snare for yourself. –  (Prov. 22:24-25)

You Need to Stop Supporting Franklin Graham

Why?  This:

The Charlotte Observer reported in 2015 that between his two jobs Graham received compensation totaling more than $880,000 in 2013. That made him the highest-paid CEO of any international relief agency based in the United States, but it was less than the $1.2 million he received in 2008.

Last year the IRS reclassified the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as an “association of churches” so that the charity is no longer required to file a financial disclosure form that includes top salaries of executives. The sister organization Samaritan’s Purse also requested reclassification for the same reasons but reportedly did not receive an immediate response.

He is far from his father.  And he is not the Christian he professes to be.

If You’re in Atlanta…

On Tuesday, February 21st, the Baptist Studies Program will sponsor Alliance of Baptists Day, an opportunity for the Candler community to become familiar with this denominational organization, its values, vision, and mission. Please register to attend by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14: form.jotform.com….

Complimentary Pastries and Coffee for faculty, staff, and students and an opportunity to meet local Alliance representatives–8:30-10:30 a.m., CST 360.  Alliance of Baptists Luncheon including Book Discussion with author Eileen Campbell-Reed on Anatomy of a Schism.  Noon to 1:00 p.m. CST 360.  For more information, contact Shelby Haggray at shelby.martin.haggray@emory.edu.

Candler School of Theology is located on the campus of Emory University, at 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322.

Via.

An All Purpose Luther-Meme

Feel free to use this with any degree of regularity you like about anyone you deem appropriate.  Except me or Zwingli.  That would just be wrong.

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Even More Cause For Envy from Aitken

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Sigh….

Whence Consolation

calvin_consistory_1549John Calvin once wrote

“When the world appears to be aimlessly tumbled about, the Lord is everywhere at work.”

And that is certainly true. God is Lord and he is in control. But the fact remains, when we’re in the tumble it’s sometimes hard to keep our eyes fixed on God. Life, it seems, has a very powerful interest in distracting us from God. The world certainly wishes us to turn our gaze away from God and onto the storm and the tempest so that we can be as miserable as the world is (since misery loves company). But it’s exactly at that moment when life is tumbling us in every conceivable direction that we need to remember that God is truly in control and even, then, in the storm, to be at peace.

The real issue, then, is to find a way to find that peace that ‘passes all understanding’; to find, to borrow a phrase from Calvin,

‘that confidence which never fails’.

And to do that we simply must

“call to mind that the devil, and the whole train of the ungodly, are, in all directions, held in by the hand of God as with a bridle, so that they can neither conceive any mischief, nor plan what they have conceived, nor how much soever they may have planned, move a single finger to perpetrate, unless in so far as he permits, nay, unless in so far as he commands; that they are not only bound by his fetters, but are even forced to do him service,—when the godly think of all these things they have ample sources of consolation.”

God is in control. That truth is the foundation of all consolation and comfort. Without that truth, life makes no sense. With it, everything does.

The Reformation Then and Now: 25 Years of Modern Reformation Articles Celebrating 500 Years of the Reformation

9781619708907oHendrickson has sent a review copy of this new volume of collected essays:

What caused Luther, Calvin, and others to set in motion the Reformation—and what are the consequences, both then and now? Is the 500-year-old breach between Rome and the Protestant church still necessary today? Does the Reformation even matter anymore?

The Reformation, Then and Now is a compendium of articles—gathered from the pages of Modern Reformation magazine—that illuminate the history and impact of the Protestant Reformation over the past 500 years. Although the questions above don’t have easy answers, over forty articles written by some of the most trusted voices across the Reformation spectrum offer readers a historical and spiritual walk through the Reformation by addressing the cause, the characters, and the consequences.

At the very start I have to say that I am a bit displeased with Horton and Landry, the editors of the volume.  At the conclusion of the volume they include a section which they call ‘Who were the Reformers’, a sort of very brief bio for each of the people they deem noteworthy. They then list Luther, Melanchthon, Calvin, Bullinger ,Cranmer, Latimer, and Knox.  They completely ignore Oecolampadius (why not him instead of Melanchthon) and Zwingli not to mention any women of reformational substance.  You’ll be unsurprised to know that this failure, this abject and miserable shortsighted failure to include Zwingli is inexcusable.  Only someone utterly unfamiliar with the history of the Reformation could leave Zwingli off any list of major Reformers.  This lack of insight bodes ill for the editorial guidance of the volume.

Add to that fact the even more incredible fact that of the 42 essays included from the pages of Modern Reformation (the original source of all of these essays) not a single one explicitly deals with any aspect of Zwingli’s work whilst many discuss both Luther and Calvin and the sad result is a volume which is editorially poor.

The contributors, by and large, on the other hand, are quite outstanding in terms of their scholarly reputations.  Indeed, worthy of special note are Veith’s “The Reformation and the Arts” (pp.159ff), McGrath’s “The State of the Church Before the Reformation” (pp. 9ff), and MacCulloch’s “Against the Weber Thesis” (pp. 176ff).  These three essays are – to make use of an overused but in this case true cliche- worth the price of admission.    Horton seems to admire his own work very much and as co-editor he includes 12 of his own essays; i.e., nearly a quarter of the volume is his.  Evidently it was somewhat difficult to find other essays by other authors of “Modern Reformation” to include.

Only one woman’s essay is included (Serene Jones, “Calvin and the Continuing Protestant Story” (pp. 246ff)) in the work and this too is cause for concern.  There are brilliant women who also happen to be Reformation scholars.  Are none of them invited to write for Modern Reformation or were their essays deemed unworthy so that Horton’s could find a home here?  Where is Elsie McKee?  Where is Rebecca Gieselbrecht?  Where is Amy Nelson Burnett?  Their absence is, frankly, astonishing.  Have they never published in Modern Reformation?  Reading about the Reformation without taking notice of their work is like reading about 20th century Christian theology without ever hearing mention Barth or Brunner.  It is, to be concise, jarring.

Still, I enjoyed this volume a great deal and appreciate Hendrickson for publishing such a fine collection of materials sure to engage students of the history of Christianity in a useful and informative way.    An index would have been useful but I understand its absence and cannot quibble with that too much.

Unfortunately, then, in something of a Summa Summarum, I have to register, for the sake of honesty and truthful evaluation, my tremendous disappointment at the volume’s editors for what can only be described as a work that on the whole is quite inadequate.  , not because of the core content but because of the poor decisions which can only fairly be laid at the editors feet.  Perhaps other editors would have chosen more wisely not only the essays they included so as to provide a far more well rounded work, but the editorial guidance such a volume ought to provide.

This volume should be read, even if the editorial Preface is skipped and the appendices are left aside, given their being tragically misleading thanks to what they exclude rather than what they include. At the end of the day, readers will learn more than they will lose due to the shortsightnedness of the editors.

When It Comes to Hurling Insults, No One Is Better Than….

Luther-

  • It is presumptuous for people who are as ignorant as you are not to take up the work of a herdsman.
  • You are the ultimate scourges of the world, the Antichrist together with your sophists and bishops.
  • Here now, you ass, with your long donkey ears and accursed liar’s mouth!
  • If you who are assembled in a council are so frivolous and irresponsible as to waste time and money on unnecessary questions, when it is the business of a council to deal only with the important and necessary matters, we should not only refuse to obey you, but consider you insane or criminals.
  • As far as I have been able to see and hear, you have no argument but high-sounding words of sacrilege. Everyone ought properly to shun and avoid you as messengers of none other than the devil.
  • You are desperate, thorough arch-rascals, murderers, traitors, liars, the very scum of all the most evil people on earth. You are full of all the worst devils in hell – full, full, and so full that you can do nothing but vomit, throw, and blow out devils [from your a**]!

I could go on.  For hours.  If ad hominem bothers you, precious snowflake, never ever read Luther.

The Bee Stings The Crazy Duggar Family

This may be the best Bee mockery yet!

The Duggar family’s hit reality show 19 Kids and Counting may have been canceled amid controversy last year, but the famously large family is set to make a big comeback with a new TLC program on which one kid each week will be voted out onto the streets, until just one Duggar child remains.

The new show, entitled The Duggars: Last Kid Standing, was reportedly the brainchild of patriarch Jim Bob Duggar, who told his wife late last year that “this kid thing is getting kinda ridiculous” and was constantly heard muttering something about his “quiver bursting at the seams.” After a brainstorming session with Michelle and network executives at TLC, the show was green-lit for a fall premiere.

“We were disappointed to have to previously part ways with the Duggars, so we’re looking forward to working with them once again as part of their new, darker brand relaunch,” a TLC representative told reporters.

Each episode is rumored to feature a dramatic voting-off ceremony at the end of the program, wherein one Duggar child will find himself—or herself—kicked to the curb with nothing but a suitcase full of clothes and a bus ticket.

“We’re really excited to have America back in our home once again,” Jim Bob Duggar said in a promotional video for the new show airing on TLC this week. “This time, though, the gloves are coming off in a big way: will Josie’s innocent, cute facade keep her in the running, or will her siblings turn on her? Find out on Last Kid Standing this fall!”

As many kids as they have and keep pumping out, this could go on for years.

Jim Aitken is at the Tübingen University Library, And I’m Smitten With Envy

The St Scholastica Riot

I didn’t know about this bit of fun till I read it on the Center for Renaissance Studies facebook page:

This Day in History: St. Scholastica Day Riot

Fellow students, are you feeling stressed? Try to stay zen…unlike Walter Spryngeheuse and Roger de Chesterfield….

On February 10th, 1355, the above-mentioned friends, students at Oxford University, were having a pint at the Swindlestock Tavern in Oxford when they made the unfortunate decision to complain about the quality of the ale to the taverner, John Croidon. The subsequent altercation, which began with Walter and Roger tossing their drinks in Croidon’s face, turned into a full blown assault.

The Chancellor of the University refused to arrest the two assailants when asked to do so by the mayor of Oxford. Asserting their independence from civil authority (students were under the protection of the church), a mob of students attacked the mayor. Long-harboured tension between “town and gown”, spurred by this assault, resulted in a vicious 2-day long riot between students and townspeople. Locals poured into the academic village, killing scores of students, who retaliated, though unsuccessfully.

The outburst was finally settled in favour of the university, and for the next 470 years, on Saint Scholastica’s Day, the mayor and councillors paraded through Oxford bare-headed and paid a fine for each of the murdered students. Good grief!

Let this be a lesson in anger management, be ye student or otherwise!

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America First?  No!

God first.  Period.

Call For Papers: British New Testament Society

CALL FOR PAPERS
The British New Testament Society Annual Conference
St Patrick’s College, Maynooth 31st August – 2nd September 2017

Proposals for papers are invited for the British New Testament Conference 2017 to be held in Maynooth, Ireland from Thursday 31st August – Saturday 2nd September. Paper proposals of not more than 300 words should be sent directly to the relevant Seminar chairs by Friday 21st April 2017. Proposals for the Simultaneous Short Paper session should be sent to the Secretary, Dr Paul Middleton (p.middleton@chester.ac.uk). Specific Seminar Calls for Papers are below.
Book of Acts
Sean Adams (sean.adams@glasgow.ac.uk)
Matthew Sleeman (matthews@oakhill.ac.uk)

We welcome seminar papers approaching Acts from a variety of angles and using a variety of methods: historical, literary, textual-critical, theological, archaeological, the social world, possible links/parallels with other biblical and ancient writings, and so on. We also include topics for discussion which relate Acts to the wider contexts of Luke-Acts and the Pauline corpus, where they are relevant and helpful to the study of Acts. Offers of papers are welcome both from research students (this is a great opportunity to ‘try out’ your ideas) and from more established scholars.

The Acts and Paul seminar groups are happy to announce that they will be having a joint session as one of our three sessions scheduled for the 2017 Conference. In light of this collaboration, we are particularly interested in receiving paper proposals that engage with the theology, genre, structure and/or themes of Paul, Paul’s letters, and Acts.

Papers may require a full seminar session for discussion (90 minutes) or take half a session (45 minutes). We make papers available on the British New Testament Society web site a few weeks before the conference so that seminar members can read them in advance. At the seminar, the paper’s author presents a 10-15 minute summary before discussion, in order to maximise discussion time in the seminar.
Hebrews
David Moffitt (dm206@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Whilst papers on any topic relating to Hebrews will be considered, the Hebrews Group particularly invites proposals relating to the much debated question of the cosmological assumptions underlying this early Christian text.
Jesus
Helen Bond (h.bond@ed.ac.uk)
Justin Meggitt (jjm1000@cam.ac.uk)

This year we will share two sessions with the “NT: Use and Influence” and the “Synoptic Gospels” seminar groups. One of these will be a panel discussion of the Irish writer Colm Toíbín’s novel, The Testament of Mary, with invited participants. Offers of papers for the second shared session are invited on the theme of ”Jesus and Contemporary Media”. Offers of papers are also invited for our third session, on any topic of interest to the “Jesus” seminar group.

Paper proposals for the shared session on “Jesus and Contemporary Media” should be sent to Justin Meggitt, the co-chair of the Jesus seminar group (jjm1000@cam.ac.uk). Paper proposals for the Jesus open session should be sent to Helen Bond (H.Bond@ed.ac.uk) or Justin Meggitt (jjm1000@cam.ac.uk), co-chairs of the Jesus group.
Johannine Literature
Cornelis Bennema (c.bennema@gmail.com)
Janet Unsworth (junsworth@edgehillcollege.org)

The Johannine Literature seminar receives papers on the Gospel of John and/or the Johannine Epistles. Offers of papers are welcome both from established scholars and from research students and the Seminar provides an excellent opportunity for feedback from experts in the field.

This year, one session will be dedicated to the discussion of Troels Engberg-Pedersen’s new book John and Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2017). There will be a panel consisting of Prof. Engberg-Pedersen (University of Copenhagen) who will present his new book, and two respondents. This will be followed by an extended open discussion. In the remaining two sessions, there is scope for four to five papers. Papers are normally 30 minutes, allowing time for questions and discussion, but shorter papers of 20 minutes are also welcome.
The Book of Revelation
Michelle Fletcher (m.e.fletcher@kent.ac.uk)
Simon Woodman (simonw@bloomsbury.org.uk)

The Revelation Seminar welcomes proposals related to the study of the Book of Revelation. We aim for a balance of papers, ranging from textual and exegetical analysis to the reception history of the apocalypse.
New Testament and Early Christianity
Loveday Alexander ‎[l.c.alexander@sheffield.ac.uk]‎
Dominika Kurek-Chomycz ‎[kurekcd@hope.ac.uk]
Francis Watson [francis.watson@dur.ac.uk]

The Early Christianity seminar is issuing an open call for papers for the 2017 BNTS Conference, and welcomes offers of papers on any aspect of the New Testament and early Christianity, especially where these are not covered by other seminar groups. In addition to the open session and an invited paper session, the third session will focus on “Early Christian Eschatology”, and we invite offers of papers on this theme. Priority may be given to papers that engage both canonical and non-canonical texts, or that relate the eschatology of a particular text to a wider context.
New Testament and Second Temple Judaism
Susan Docherty (S.E.Docherty@newman.ac.uk)
Matthew Novenson (matthew.novenson@ed.ac.uk)

The NT and Second Temple Judaism Seminar will have three sessions in 2017, two invited and one open-call. There will be a session on current research in Qumran studies, with papers from Timothy Lim, Joan Taylor, and Benjamin Wold. We will also have a book review session on Matthew Novenson’s The Grammar of Messianism (OUP, 2017) with panelists including Philip Alexander and Grant Macaskill. For the open-call session, we invite papers on any aspect of the study of NT and ancient Judaism, including but not limited to social history, material remains, apocrypha, pseudepigrapha, Qumran, Philo, Josephus, and the rabbis. Interested parties should email paper proposals to both co-chairs.
New Testament: Use and Influence
Chair: Alison Jack (a.jack@ed.ac.uk)
Chair: John Lyons (thwjl@bristol.ac.uk)

This year we will share two sessions with the “Jesus” and the “Synoptic Gospels” Seminar Groups. One of these will be a panel discussion of Colm Toibin’s novel, The Testament of Mary, with invited participants. Offers of papers for the second shared session are invited on the theme of ”Jesus and Contemporary Media”. Offers of papers are also invited for our third session, on any topic of interest to the NT: Use and Influence Seminar Group.
Paul
Peter Oakes (peter.oakes@manchester.ac.uk)
Sarah Whittle (swhittle@nazarene.ac.uk)

Papers are invited on any aspect of Pauline literature.
Social World of the New Testament
Louise Lawrence (L.J.Lawrence@exeter.ac.uk)
Minna Shkul (m.shkul@gmail.com)

In 2017 we are planning to address embodiment of religion and bodies in the NT, more generally. We welcome proposals that examine gender, sex, sexuality, embodied rituals and religious experience in the New Testament and early Christianity, or contemporary lived religion as it arises from or relates to these themes in the NT writings.
Synoptic Gospels
Andy Angel (vicar@standrewsbh.org.uk)
Elizabeth Shively (ees3@st-andrews.ac.uk)

This year we will have two joint sessions with the “Jesus” and the “NT: Use and Influence” Seminar Groups. The first will be a panel discussion of Irish writer Colm Toíbín’s novel, The Testament of Mary, with invited presenters. The second will be on the theme “Jesus and Contemporary Media,” for which we welcome paper proposals. The third will be an open session on any topic in the Synoptic Gospels, for which we also welcome paper proposals.

Paper proposals for the joint session on “Jesus and Contemporary Media” should be sent to Justin Meggitt, co-chair of the “Jesus” Seminar Group. Paper proposals for the Synoptic Gospels open session should be sent to Andy Angel or Elizabeth Shively, co-chairs of the “Synoptic Gospels” Seminar Group.
Simultaneous Short Papers
Paul Middleton (p.middleton@chester.ac.uk)

Proposals for 20-25 minute papers are invited for the simultaneous short papers session. Preference will be given to papers that do not easily fit into one of the established seminar groups. Proposing the same paper for this section and one of the seminar groups is not permitted.

Via Paul Middleton

Coming up at Ming Hua This Semester

“Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.” Luk 24:27.  Jesus interpreted the Old Testament to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Shouldn’t we study the Old Testament with more intensity in obedience to Jesus’ teachings? Join us this semester to study

THL105 INTRODUCTION TO THE OLD TESTAMENT STUDIES, BACHELOR OF THEOLOGY

Beginning on 28th February, 7:00 – 9:00 pm every Tuesday, via Global Classroom.  For more information, please contact Ms. Nicolle Fok.  Telephone:2536 7516.  Email: nicolle@minghua.org.hk

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Dear Republicans, What’s Wrong With You? When Did You Become So Evil?

c4mzghfwcaehjxpThe Central Michigan University president says he is “deeply disappointed” about an anti-Semitic Valentine’s Day card that was produced during a campus Republican group meeting, then apparently given to a pair of students by a member of that group, which says it was an unsanctioned mistake.

The card was in a bag that was handed to the students Wednesday night by a member of the College Republicans at Central Michigan, which immediately apologized while distancing itself from the incident. The card, which the group called “very inappropriate,” shows Adolf Hitler alongside the words “my love 4 u burns like 6,000 jews,” according to Central Michigan Life, a student newspaper. (An estimated 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazi regime during the Holocaust, according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.)

University President George Ross said campus leaders met Thursday morning “to review the situation and determine next steps.”

There’s more here.  I just don’t understand how it’s possible for people to be so – well – evil, that this sort of thing even occurs to them.  Are you sitting in your rooms thinking of ways to demonstrate racism to the whole world?

You aren’t the party of Lincoln or Reagan.  You’re the party of depolorables.

Signs of the Times: The GOP Plan To Replace ‘Obamacare’

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