Monthly Archives: May 2017

Mein Covfefe

via the Trump page on FB

A New Translation Project for Vermigli

This is important.

As Protestants this year remember the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, they will understandably focus on the legacy of Martin Luther and other big-name Reformers. However, it is to be hoped that this anniversary will also help rekindle interest in figures that were, at the time, hardly less significant to the formulation of Protestant doctrine and the establishment of reformed churches and liturgies. Chief among such figures is surely Peter Martyr Vermigli, the Florentine Reformer whose pilgrim life saw him teaching and building networks of disciples in Italy, Strasbourg, England, and Zurich, and who through his copious writings shaped Reformed churches throughout Europe. During the 16th century, his writings were esteemed as highly as Calvin’s in many regions, and particularly on the topics of Christology and the Eucharist. On the latter subject, Calvin himself declared that “the whole [doctrine of the Eucharist] was crowned by Peter Martyr, who left nothing more to be done.”

Beginning in 2018, the 500th anniversary of Vermigli’s matriculation at the University of Padua, Vermigli’s Loci Communes will begin appearing in a new English translation, the product of a partnership between the Davenant Trust, the Peter Martyr Society, and the Greystone Theological Institute. Selections of the Common Places will first appear in annual slender volumes as a Supplementum to Greystone’s new theological journal, before an abridged edition of the full Loci Communes (which is about three times longer than Calvin’s Institutes) is published in 2025, the 500th anniversary of Vermigli’s ordination. There is some potential that the project may be able to proceed faster, or to result in a complete unabridged translation of the Loci in due course, if resources prove sufficient.

Doctoral Fellowship in Leuven

For the Research Group Early Modern History (15th-18th Centuries), Leuven we are looking for an enthousiastic doctoral student, who is willing to write and defend a doctoral dissertation regarding burial disputes during the Dutch Revolt within the framework of four years. The dissertation, and the (co-)publication of preliminary results in (international) journals and a source repository, should shed light on the symbolic violence during these funerals and the pacification strategies by city and state. The case studies are Antwerp, Utrecht (NL) and Valenciennes (FR). The project will be supervised by promotor Violet Soen, the candidate should also report to the project’s funding institution Research Foundation Flanders.

Just fyi.

The Bee Stings Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin, who sources describe as a comedian, apologized Tuesday for publishing a gruesome photo to social media which falsely depicts herself as someone with current political and social relevance.

The image of Ms. Griffin holding a bloodied, severed head in the likeness of President Donald Trump stirred immediate controversy, as Americans were violently subjected to the distressing notion that the self-proclaimed D-list actress’ opinion about the President carried with it some sort of societal clout, or even mattered at all to anyone.

The blowback was swift and loud, and Griffin quickly went into damage control mode.

“I sincerely apologize . . . I went way too far,” she said in a video posted to Twitter. “The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny—I get it.”

“I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I made a mistake, and I was wrong.”

ISD’s Newest Biblical Studies Catalog

Is available here.  With some notable entries.

The Second Edition of the ‘Zwingli Graphic Novel’

Der Pfarrer Ulrich Zwingli aus dem Toggenburg prägte die Schweizer Kirchengeschichte dauerhaft. Der Verein «tut» hat eine Ausgabe seines gleichnamigen Kinder- und Jugendmagazins dem Schweizer Reformator gewidmet. Das Heft wird bereits in zweiter Auflage gedruckt.

«Ein Glaube versetzt Berge» heisst der Untertitel des «tut»-Hefts zum 500-Jahr-Jubiläum der Reformation. Dass dabei der Reformator Ulrich Zwingli im Zentrum steht und nicht der deutsche Martin Luther bietet sich bei einer Schweizer Publikation, die sich an Kinder und Jugendliche richtet, an. Die Ausgabe findet Anklang, so Brigid Straub von der «tut»-Administration gegenüber

Etc.  And why don’t we have this in English?


‘Evangelical’ Doesn’t Mean Christian

Indeed many self described Evangelicals are doctrinally and behaviorly anti-Christian.  Hence ‘Evangelical’ support for immoral and godless Trump.

The Marcionite Jesus The World Loves So Much…

Isn’t Jesus.  And if the ‘Jesus’ you imagine never expresses anger or wrath, yours is a Marcionite Pseudo-Jesus too, just like the world’s.

One Last Chance…

To get your Carnival submissions in.  The Carnival posts on 1 June at 00:01.  And it’s glorious.

#Covfefe, my friends, #Covfefe…

Christentum und Europa: Programm des XVI. Europäischen Kongresses für Theologie

Konrad Schmid has posted this program:

Bullinger News

Bullinger News

Eine Ausstellung zu Heinrich Bullingers Briefwechsel im Kollegiengebäude der Universität Zürich / Exhibition on Heinrich Bullinger’s correspondence at the University of Zurich — 17.05.-24.06.2018


Heinrich Bullinger Briefwechsel Bd. 18 (Briefe von Oktober bis Dezember 1546) erschienen – Heinrich Bullinger Correspondence vol. 18 (letters from October until December 1546) published:

Heinrich Bullinger. Briefwechsel. Bd. 18: Briefe von Oktober bis Dezember 1546, bearb. von Reinhard Bodenmann, Alexandra Kess und Judith Steiniger, Zürich: TVZ, 2017. 496 S. ISBN 978-3-290-17889-5

Der neue Band des Bullinger-Briefwechsels enthält 130 zwischen Oktober und Dezember 1546 verfasste Briefe, denen jeweils eine ausführliche deutsche Zusammenfassung vorangeht. Involviert sind 42 Briefschreiber, insbesondere Ambrosius Blarer, Oswald Myconius, Johannes Haller und Martin Bucer. Der Band vermittelt Informationen zum Schmalkaldischen Krieg (1546/47), zur politischen Haltung der Eidgenossen, zum Geschehen in Augsburg, zur Schule in Kappel und Chur, zum Kirchenwesen in Basel und Bern, zum Bibliotheksnachlass des Zuger Reformators Werner Steiner wie auch zu zahlreichen zeitgenössischen Publikationen. Ausserdem finden sich im Band viele unbekannte biografische Details, u. a. zu einem Verwandten von Andreas Vesalius und zu den Berner Dekanen Jodocus Kilchmeyer und Johannes Fädminger.

Volume 18 contains 130 letters from October until December 1546 with a detailed summary of their content. Of the 42 correspondents involved, Ambrosius Blarer in Constance, Oswald Myconius in Basle, Johannes Haller in Augsburg and Strassburg’s Martin Bucer emerge as the most frequent writers. The prevalent topic is again the Schmalkaldic War (1546/47), the waning success of the Protestants‘ cause as well as the political tactics of the Swiss Confederation. Events in Augsburg, the schools in Kappel and Chur, the church in Basle and Berne, the fate of the library of Zug’s Reformer Werner Steiner and numerous contemporary publications are amongst the news discussed in the letters. This volume also offers a plethora of hitherto unknown biographical details, e.g. concerning a relative of Andreas Vesalius or the Bernese deans Jodocus Kilchmeyer und Johannes Fädminger.


Kathy Griffin is Wrong

She isn’t making a statement she’s promoting violence.  We cannot condemn violence when our enemies engage in it and then embrace it for our own cause.  And violence is NEVER funny.

No, Kathy, you’re wrong.  And your action is vile.

The GOP in One Tweet

Apparently Metaxas is Writing a Book on Luther

Save your money.  Metaxas isn’t a Luther scholar (or any kind of scholar) so his book will be at least as useless as his vile misrepresentation of Bonhoeffer.

Spare yourself the copious regurgitation Metaxas’s ignorant spewings will evoke.

Hebräische Wortforschung: Festschrift zum 80. Geburtstag von W. Baumgartner

A Classic now re-issued as an e-book.

The link above includes the table of contents.   Brill have provided a copy of this newly published e-book, so I’ll have a bit to say about it soon.

‘Remembering the Reformation’ at the University of Nottingham

How to Keep Your Child Safe From those Dangerous ‘Fidget Spinners’

Keep them from fidgeting!  Here are some helpful suggestions as to how that can be accomplished:

Happy Joan of Arc Day

On this day in 1431 the Office of the Holy Inquisition invented french toast when it ushered Joan off this mortal coil.

R-City Guide

The Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches launches “R-City Guide,” a free app featuring interactive tours in ten key locations of the Swiss Reformation. The app is now available for free at the App Store and Google Play.

More here.  And yes, you can download it in English.  Just search R-City Guide.

Famous Theologians And Their Thoughts on the Commentary

Following are some of the things that they’re saying about the Commentary* which you can acquire for yourself in electronic form for just $199 by clicking my PayPal Link.  And you should.  Today.

NT Wright:  “Jim who’s commentary?”

Michael Bird: “Every time I read Jim’s work I’m astonished that his books haven’t been made into movies!”

James Crossley:  “Never in my life have I read anything like the stuff Jim produces.  Never…”

Chris Tilling:  “If Doug Campbell were half as witty as Jim and half as gifted he would be in the pastorate too instead of teaching at that backwater outpost of redneck learning he’s stuck at.”

Karl Barth:  “I have Jim’s commentary open on my desk whenever I read the Bible, which is not at all frequently.”

Emil Brunner: “I love Jim’s work as much as he loves mine.”

Martin Luther:  “Jim is the only Re-Baptizer I can stomach.  The rest of them are imbeciles born of satan.”

John Calvin:  “None better.  None.”

Huldrych Zwingli:  “Honestly, I don’t believe in reincarnation, but if I did, I think Jim would be me.  Except he’s right about everything and I was wrong about Mary and wrong about baptism.”

James Aitken:  “Jim who’s what?”

Joel Watts:  “I seldom confess this- but Jim’s work is the best known to me, either personally or by reputation.”

Wolfgang Mozart:  “If Jim’s work were musical compositions I would have to confess that he has done greater than I.”

John the Baptist:  “He must increase, and I must decrease.”

*The following quotes may or may not have actually ever been spoken.