Daily Archives: 20 May 2017

The ‘Prophezei’ in the Heart of Wittenberg

I love this story.

Vom 20. Mai bis am 10. September 2017 präsentieren sich etwa 80 Aussteller aus Kirche, Politik, Kultur, Wirtschaft und Zivilgesellschaft mit einem unterhaltsamen Angebot in den Wallanlagen der mittelalterlichen Stadt Wittenberg. Der Schweizer Pavillon, angesiedelt im Torraum 7 Kultur, ist in vier thematische Zonen unterteilt: Veranda, Prophezey die Zürcher Bibel, Froschauer die Druckerpresse, Künstlerei der Engel der Apokalypse.

„Wegweisende Impulse für die Umbrüche vor 500 Jahren kamen aus der Schweiz“, so Kirchenbundspräsident Gottfried Locher: „Zwingli und Bullinger haben das Christentum zur Bildungsreligion weiterentwickelt. Und mit Johannes Calvin wurde die Reformation endgültig zur weltweiten Bewegung.”

Charles Morerod, Präsident der Bischofskonferenz: „Es ist wichtig, dass wir das Wissen über die Geschichte der Reformation miteinander teilen und verstehen. Sonst könnte man immer nur eine Seite sehen. Dass die Schweizer Bischofskonferenz eine deutsche Bibelübersetzung nach Wittenberg mitgebracht hat, die in der Schweiz vor der Reformation geschrieben wurde, ist auch ein Zeichen der Kontinuität, die wir heute besser anerkennen können.“


The Bee Stings Cultural Relativism

An oldie but a goodie-

Sources from within the United States confirmed Tuesday that American society, while typically rejecting concepts like absolute truth and objective moral standards, is suddenly showing grave concern for the rise of fabricated news stories after a reported uptick in fake news during the recent election season and President Trump’s habit of using the term to describe many mainstream media outlets.

One Oregon man, who rejects the idea that humanity can even be sure the universe exists in any meaningful sense, was nonetheless disturbed by the idea that websites could publish completely false information, for anyone in the world to read.

“It’s just absolutely wrong, in my opinion,” said the man who doesn’t believe in absolute ideals of right and wrong at all. “What if someone reads the information and gets like, deceived? That just seems totally wicked.”

“It just doesn’t seem right that they can publish stuff that’s just blatantly not true,” added the man, who also noted his firm belief that everyone has the right to define their own version of truth.

Other Americans agreed, stating that the idea that shady news sites could get away with reporting completely inaccurate information was “disturbing” and “evil,” before stressing their belief that no one individual’s notions about morality are absolute or binding in any meaningful sense.

Tech conglomerates such as Facebook and Google have vowed to meet the trend head-on, assuring the public that they are taking bold steps to filter out any news that contradicts the version of truth that they decide is acceptable.

Submissions for the Wevers Prize

Karen Jobes writes

Submissions for the 2017 John William Wevers Prize in Septuagint Studies are being accepted until AUGUST 15, 2017. This prize is limited to advanced graduate students or recent Ph.D. recipients (4 years or less after receiving the degree). Please submit your paper of 4500-5500 words electronically in PDF format (without your name in the paper) to Prof. Karen Jobes at karen.jobes@wheaton.edu. See the IOSCS web page for additional information: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ioscs/prize.html

Good Tidings

The Creation of Eve

Speculum humanae salvationis (‘Krumlovský sborník’), Bohemia ca. 1420 (Praha, Knihovna Národního muzea, III B 10, fol. 2r)

There is No Defense Against the Slanderer

melanchton_foto_a_wagenknechtThe saying is certainly true that there is no defense against the attacks of slanderers. Nothing can be said so carefully that it can avoid misrepresentation. — Melanchthon