Daily Archives: 2 Mar 2017

The Pope Thinks Giving Beggars Money for Booze Is Cool

Not the Onion.

Auch Obdachlosen, die jeden Cent in Alkohol investieren, sollte man nach Aussage von Papst Franziskus Almosen nicht verweigern. Wenn ein Schluck Wein das einzige Glück sei, das sie im Leben hätten, “dann ist auch das gut”, sagte der Papst einer Mailänder Obdachlosen-Zeitung.

That’s right Pope Franky, give people the means by which to destroy themselves.  That’s love for sure.  Except it isn’t.  It’s depraved.

Luther on Lent

luther_zwingliThis declaration and judgment must be firmly grasped, for it is powerful and overthrows with forcefulness all teaching, custom, and mode of life that distinguishes between foods. It liberates all consciences from all laws concerning food and drink. So it is allowable to eat milk, butter, eggs, cheese, and meat any day, be it Sunday or Friday, Lent or Advent; and no one needs to pay butter money or buy letters for that purpose. For this word stands firm and does not deceive, “What goes into the mouth does not defile a man.” — Martin Luther

NT Wright: Marcionite

Wright’s view of God aligns perfectly with Marcion and completely opposite of the Prophets and the Gospels themselves.

Prof. Dr. Irene Dingel in der BMZ Speyer zum Thema Reformation

irene_dingelFrau Prof. Dr. Irene Dingel, Kirchenhistorikerin und Direktorin des Leibniz-Instituts für Europäische Geschichte, Abteilung für Abendländische Religionsgeschichte, Mainz, spricht am Dienstag, 14. März 2017, 19 Uhr, Roßmarktstraße 4, Speyer, über das Thema “Im Umbruch der Zeiten – Was ist das Reformatorische an der Reformation?”

Grußwort: Kirchenpräsident Christian Schad. Musikalische Gestaltung: Barbara Baun, Klavier.

Zu der Thematik des Vortrags präsentiert die Bibliothek und Medienzentrale Bücher und Medien, die nach der Veranstaltung kostenlos entliehen werden können. Zugleich besteht die Möglichkeit, den soeben von Frau Prof. Dingel herausgegebenen Kulturführer „Auf den Spuren der Reformation in Rheinland-Pfalz“ käuflich zu erwerben. Der Eintritt ist frei.

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She’s a fantastic scholar.  Via.

The Bee Stings The Angry Atheists Who Think They ‘Know’ The Bible

When making the case that the God of the Bible is a bloodthirsty, vengeful deity, prolific internet atheist Ryan Devi is reportedly still citing “The Book of Revelations” on his website, podcast, and YouTube channel.

“I’ve studied the Bible deeply, from cover to cover, many times,” the popular nonbeliever posited Wednesday in his latest video blog entry. “I know the Bible better than most Christians—believe me. And all it takes is one read through the Book of Revelations to see that the God of the Bible is a monster who, even if he were real, would not merit anyone’s worship.”

“It’s really a trump card,” he continued. “Whenever you come across a Christian saying that their God is loving, challenge them to reconcile that statement with what’s in Revelations. They can’t do it.”

A quick search for “Book of Revelations” returned 241 hits on Devi’s popular blog, according to sources.

HAHAHAHAAHAHA!  So true.  Soooooo true.

I Don’t Know How I Missed This: “A Companion to Paul in the Reformation”

28421The reception and interpretation of the writings of St Paul in the early modern period forms the subject of this volume, from late medieval Paulinism and the beginnings of humanist biblical scholarship and interpretation, through the ways that theologians of various confessions considered Paul. Beyond the ways that theological voices construed Paul, several articles examine how Pauline texts impacted other areas of early modern life, such as political thought, the regulation of family life, and the care of the poor. Throughout, the volume makes clear the importance of Paul for all of the confessions, and denies the confessionalism of previous historiography. The chapters, written by experts in the field, offer a critical overview of current research, and introduce the major themes in Pauline interpretation in the Reformation and how they are being interpreted at the start of the 21st century.

How did I not see this when it came out?  Someone somewhere dropped the proverbial ball.

Unio cum Christo

The latest Issue of Unio cum Christo (Vol. 3:1) on LUTHER AND THE REFORMATION includes articles by Carl Trueman, Robert Kolb, Peter Lillback, Michael Haykin, Frances Luttikhuizen, Hans Schwarz, Yanick Imbert, Greg Beale, and an Interview with William Edgar. 

Subscribe to receive the April 2017 issue. For further information see uniocc.com. Previous issues are also now available for free download.

Unio cum Christo is the International Journal of Reformed Theology and Life, published by the International Reformed Evangelical Seminary & Westminster Theological Seminar.

Via.

A Companion to the Eucharist in the Reformation

Worth reading this Lent

45847By the end of the fifteenth century, the Eucharist had come to encompass theology, liturgy, art, architecture, and music. In the sixteenth century, each of these dimensions was questioned, challenged, rethought, as western European Christians divided over their central act of worship. This volume offers an introduction to early modern thinking on the Eucharist—as theology, as Christology, as a moment of human and divine communion, as that which the faithful do, as taking place, and as visible and audible. The scholars gathered in this volume speak from a range of disciplines—liturgics, history, history of art, history of theology, philosophy, musicology, and literary theory. The volume thus also brings different methods and approaches, as well as confessional orientations to a consideration of the Eucharist in the Reformation.

Contributors include: Gary Macy, Volker Leppin, Carrie Euler, Nicholas Thompson, Nicholas Wolterstorff, John D. Rempel, James F. Turrell, Robert J. Daly, Isabelle Brian, Thomas Schattauer, Raymond A. Mentzer, Michele Zelinsky Hanson, Jaime Lara, Andrew Spicer, Achim Timmermann, Birgit Ulrike Münch, Andreas Gormans, Alexander J. Fisher, Regina M. Schwartz, and Christopher Wild.

Fun Facts From Church History: The Publication of Erasmus’ Greek New Testament and Zwingli

You may not know this, but Erasmus’ edition of the GNT appeared on the 2nd of March, 1516.  Zwingli made a copy, by hand of course, of the Letters of Paul that same year.  Interestingly, and significantly, those marginal notes demonstrate that Zwingli was moving towards reform then (in 1516) before anyone had ever heard the name of Luther.

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