Daily Archives: 7 Jul 2017

Totally Unrealistic

That never happens.

Representatives for local Christian radio station 102.9 “The Light On Your Radio” issued an official apology Thursday morning after accidentally playing a good song on their affiliate radio stations. A programming error reportedly caused the non-terrible song to be broadcast in its entirety.

“There’s no excuse, and we apologize,” a station representative said. “We meant to play another vapid pop song with the word ‘Jesus’ wedged in there throughout, and somehow a song with deep themes and solid musical execution just slipped into the queue when we weren’t looking.”

Horrified listeners reportedly phoned in complaints throughout the morning.

“I rely on The Light to play ‘God’s Not Dead’ fourteen times every morning so I can make it through my difficult office job,” one local woman told reporters. “And they let me down, only playing the song twelve times today due to the mishap. I’m really considering pulling my pledge of $40 per month if this kind of thing continues.”

Never happens… totally unrealistic.

Go See Spiderman: Homecoming

It’s a great film.

If Larry Feels Betrayed It’s Because Larry Wasn’t Paying Attention

Larry Hurtado expresses, today, shock and horror at the dealings of the Greens and their recently much ballyhooed (and gleefully reported) Justice Department problems.  This shock and horror provokes two thoughts:

1- If Larry had bothered interacting with other scholars, particularly Roberta Mazza (who has been faithfully discussing the Greens and their doings for YEARS, long before the recent ‘investigators’ who have a book conveniently coming out quite soon on the subject), he would have, or could have, known what was what.  But he hasn’t.  He has engaged in monologue, not dialogue.  Indeed, note that his twitter account is based on much speaking and no interaction as demonstrated in a simple comparison of those he follows versus those who follow him:

He follows no one.  Did he, the number of followers would be displayed, as it is on the pages of all who follow anyone-

Academics who withdraw from the community of dialogue are bound to be ‘shocked and disappointed’ when they learn what others have known for years.

And, sure, to be fair, Larry can follow, or not follow, anyone he wishes.  My point is simply that if scholars isolate themselves from their colleagues they are bound to find out things too late.

And

2- Scholars are far too often quite happy to go along with all manner of things as long as they are gaining either attention or an ability to publicize their latest book.  Think of Karen King and the ridiculous fraudulent fragment she proffered to her ultimate humiliation or Margaret Barker’s continuing unhinged devotion to the Lead Codices.  Think of all the academics who don’t mind promoting unprovenanced artifacts and textual objects as long as those objects gain them mention in the secular press.

These sorts of things are a grotesque blemish on the face of academia and they could so easily be avoided if scholars 1) paid attention to what others were saying; and 2) actually believed in peer review the way they say they do.  King and Barker and all the rest who foist rubbish onto the world could be spared the embarrassment if they simply subjected their notions to their trusted friends in the academy first.

Larry should be shocked.  Not because of what the Greens did, but because of what he didn’t do.  Interact.  Maybe if the Green fiasco teaches scholars anything it’s to pull their heads out of the sand and take note of what others are doing.

But it won’t.

A Little Lutheran Prodigy

David Chytraeus

David Chytraeus (Kochhaff), sometimes called the last of the Lutheran Fathers, was born at Ingelfingen, near Swabian Hall, in Würtemberg, February 26, 1530. He received the rudiments of his education at Gemmingen, where he advanced rapidly in his knowledge of the Latin language. At the age of nine years he entered the University of Tübingen.

In the year 1544 he was made Magister under the name David Kochhaff. In that same year he went to Wittenberg, bearing from Brentz a letter of commendation to Luther, and to Melanchthon one of similar character from George Schwartzerd of Bretten.

Melanchthon inquired of him: “Art thou already a Magister?” and asked him whether he had studied Greek. When the boy answered in the affirmative, Melanchthon handed him a copy of Thucydides and asked him to translate a passage into Latin. This he did so entirely to the satisfaction of the great preceptor that he exclaimed; “Rightly art thou Magister, and thou shalt be as dear to me as a son.”

Melanchthon was as good as his word; he at once admitted the young David to his table and took him into his house—“his David”—where he spent six years in the confidence and friendship of his teacher, who directed him in all the disciplines of the university. Luther’s preaching made a profound impression upon him. He also heard lectures on philosophy, on medicine and on the natural sciences. In 1547 we find him in Tübingen, but in 1548 he returned to Wittenberg. From the year 1550 to the day of his death, June 25, 1600, he resided at Rostock, first as instructor in the Paedagogium, and then as professor in the University.

He was honored with calls to numerous places of service, but he declined them all. He was active in almost all the important ecclesiastical movements of his day. His most important work is his History of the Augsburg Confession, German in the year 1576, Latin in the year 1578. His Catechesis, based on Melanchthon’s Loci, 1556, and in many revised editions, was much used in schools and universities. His son, David Chytraeus, published at Hanover, in 1614, Orationes et Epistolae Davidis Chytraei Theologi in a volume of 1284 pages. In the year 1720, Otto Frid. Schütz published, at Hamburg, Vita Davidis Chytraei in two volumes, aggregating, with Appendix, 1049 pages. These two books contain a large amount of matter pertaining to the history of the Lutheran Church during the second half of the sixteenth century.

In theology, Chytraeus represents the Melanchthon type of doctrine with clearness and consistency. This is shown unequivocally in what he wrote on Free-will, on the Person of Christ, and relatively on the Lord’s Supper.  [James W. Richard, The Confessional History of the Lutheran Church (Philadelphia: Lutheran Publication Society, 1909), 445]

Meanwhile, 9 year olds today are eating dirt off the playground and can’t go 10 seconds without looking at an iPad.

Free Articles On the Reformation in Cambridge Journals

Right here.  I don’t know how long they’ll be free, so take a look before they’re gone.

Signs of the Times

‘Marriage For All’ Is Marriage For None

A very interesting and thought provoking essay on the topic of marriage equality concludes

Bleibt nur die Frage, was der Staat noch gegen die Polygamie vorbringen kann. Wenn es tatsächlich so ist, dass in Zukunft die «Ehe für alle» gilt, dann auch für drei Männer oder einen Mann und drei Frauen. Auch sehr behaarte Männer mit der Befähigung, mehrere Ehefrauen zu pflegen und mit ihnen diverse Kinder zu zeugen, dürfen nicht länger diskriminiert werden. Und es darf ihnen, sollte die eine oder andere Gemahlin noch im Ausland weilen, der Familiennachzug nicht verwehrt werden. Da können wir nur hoffen, dass sich alle diese neuen Familien gut entwickeln. Dass sie sich gut integrieren und dem Staat mehr Einkünfte als Ausgaben bescheren. Und sollte das Ganze eines Tages doch aus dem Ruder laufen, können wir immer noch eine Initiative lancieren mit dem Ziel, die staatliche Ehe ganz abzuschaffen. «Ehe für niemanden». Immerhin wäre  die Privatisierung aller Formen des Zusammenlebens ebenfalls gerecht, ja in Zeiten des Individualismus sogar noch moderner.»

Read the whole.  Wherever you stand on the subject, you owe it to yourself and your sense of fairness to give it a hearing.

Quote of the Day

a bit closer

Zwingli’s House

Take from man the knowledge and care of divine things, and his skill and care in human things will not take him out of the ranks of the brutes. For the brutes all have a care for themselves and their kind, and, as Cicero says, protect themselves, their bodies and lives.  If, therefore, man sees, cares and hopes for nothing more, the care of human things is not a whit different from that of the brutes. In order to be man, then, and not a brute, man must have a care for and knowledge of things nobler and better, and only when that is given him from above does he become man.  —  Huldrych Zwingli

Zwingli’s ‘Petition for Priests to Marry’ and a Little Help from a Friend

xylotectusOn 7 July 1522, while Zwingli was preparing his little booklet on the freedom of priests to marry, his friend in Lucerne, one Johannes Xylotectus, sent him a note with a tiny story to help Zwimgli make his point. Xylotectus writes

Ioannes Xylotectus Huldricho Zuinlio S. D. P.

Sacrificus quidam nostras scorti sui maritum confecit. Scortum sacrificus aliquandiu invito marito aluit. Maritus eum de restituenda preda Lucernae convenit. Hinc cum scorto redeuntem in itinere deprehendit, adgreditur loethiferoque vulnere cadit et tandem moritur. Hoc ideo te scire volui, ut, si commode inserere libello, quem parturis, posses, exemplum haberes recens, quanta noster coelibatus non modo scandala, verumetiam pericula pariat, quibus legittimo coniugio foelicissime mederi possent nostri Helvetii. Noster item Bodenler dominica pręterita multa in sacerdotum coniugia pro contione dixit, cui velim vel per Erasmum nostrum responderetur (ut scilicet vel taceret vel scripturam scriptura refelleret, ne tandem suis coloribus depictus toti orbi fabula redderetur), nugas suas diutius non ferendas, et cetera in hunc modum, ut visum fuerit, litterasque illas cum libello negotii nostri accipiat. Iacobus Naef te ad templi sui consecrationis festum venturum dixit. Fac sciam, an ita sit et quando.

Vale.

Ex Lucerna Nonis Iuliis 1522.
Et doctissimo et amicissimo domino Huldricho Zuinlio,
Tigurinorum euangelistae. –
Meister Uolrich Zwingli zuo Zurich lutpriester.

Zwingli’s friends across the Cantons were happy to help him Reform the Church.  And reforming the Church meant reforming the clergy.

Of Xylotectus (who isn’t exactly widely known), the Swiss Historical Lexicon notes

Geboren 1490 (Johannes Ludwig Zimmermann) Luzern, gestorben 19.8.1526 Basel, von Luzern, aus patriz. Geschlecht stammend. um 1524 Margarethe Feer, Tochter des Jost, Bauern. Stud. in Basel, 1508 Bakkalaureus, 1510 Magister Artium. 1499 Chorherrwartner des Stifts Beromünster, 1504 Chorherr zu St. Leodegar im Hof in Luzern, 1513 Priesterweihe.

Ab 1510 wirkte X. als Lateinlehrer in Luzern und knüpfte enge Bande zum Humanistenkreis um Joachim Vadian, Huldrych Zwingli, Glarean und Oswald Myconius. Als seine Stellung in Luzern aufgrund seiner reformator. Gesinnung unhaltbar wurde, siedelte X. Ende 1524 nach Basel um. Dort erlag er der Pest. 1520 wurde X. von Hans Hohlbein (dem Jüngeren) porträtiert.

Calvin: On Ridding the Church of Wicked Pastors

This is becoming more and more important.  Churches should pay attention and act accordingly:

We recognize no other pastors in the Church than faithful pastors of the Word of God, feeding the sheep of Jesus Christ on the one hand with instruction, admonition, consolation, exhortation, deprecation; and on the other resisting all false doctrines and deceptions of the devil, without mixing with the pure doctrine of the Scriptures their dreams or their foolish imaginings.

To these we accord no other power or authority but to conduct, rule, and govern the people of God committed to them by the same Word, in which they have power to command, defend, promise, and warn, and without which they neither can nor ought to attempt anything.

As we receive the true ministers of the Word of God as messengers and ambassadors of God, it is necessary to listen to them as to him himself, and we hold their ministry to be a commission from God necessary in the Church.

On the other hand we hold that all seductive and false prophets, who abandon the purity of the Gospel and deviate to their own inventions, ought not at all to be suffered or maintained, who are not the pastors they pretend, but rather, like ravening wolves, ought to be hunted and ejected from the people of God.*

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*Calvin: Theological Treatises (p. 32).

How Did Hobby Lobby Become the Object of Leftist Rage?

Simply put, several years ago the company decided it didn’t wish to provide certain medical benefits to employees.  Benefits, by all rights, that should be offered to any citizen.

But HL saw things differently and pursued legal action to assert their rights.  As do most companies when faced with requirements they deem unfounded governmental interference.

Meanwhile, its owners were also engaged in acquiring antiquities from both reputable and shady dealers so as to stock the shelves of its Bible Museum.  Of course everyone knows that museums all around the world have items in their collections that were either looted or obtained shadily.

In short, Hobby Lobby hasn’t done anything that dozens of museums and hundreds of companies haven’t done.  So why is the raging fury of the Left focused on HL and not the many other companies and museums that have done similar things?

In my opinion the answer is stunningly simple- HL is attempting to advance a particular fundamentalist reading of Scripture.  That’s it.  It’s fundamentalism the Left finds so galling and HL has become the poster child for that ideology.

It isn’t out of concern for antiquities (else other more egregious offenders would be in focus) or concern for birth control pills (else other entities that do not provide that benefit would be in focus): it is because HL is Fundamentalism writ large corporately that makes it the object of Leftist ire.

The ‘tolerant’ Left aims to rid society of competing ideological perspectives.  Pure and simple- that is its end game.  Hence the unfettered hatred of HL.

[NB- I think Fundamentalism is dumb.  No one should take my remarks as a defense of it. Rather, I am simply interested in the disdain for HL I see in so many on the Left].