Daily Archives: 13 Jul 2017

If The Perverse Behavior of Donald Trump Represents your ‘Christian Values’, You Are as Lost as He Is

This is beyond disgraceful.

President Donald Trump was captured on video Thursday openly admiring the body of France’s First Lady Brigitte Macron in front of both his wife, Melania Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron.

“You’re in such good shape… Beautiful,” Trump told Macron in the video, which was first posted to the French President’s official Facebook page before making its way around Twitter.

MSNBC’s Chris Jansing was quick to jump on the comments, noting that Trump is “a man who frankly saw his own campaign threatened by comments on women’s looks.”

“It’s just so inappropriate,” her guest, Matt Miller added, comparing to the incident last month when the president “leered” at an Irish reporter in the Oval Office. “This is an embarrassment for the entire nation. He is talking about the spouse of a head of state of a foreign nation and he is treating her like one of the beauty contestants in the pageants he used to run.”

As Business Insider pointed out, Trump and his wife have nearly the exact same age gap as Macron and his wife. Though while President Trump is 24 years older than Melania at 71, Macron is 25 years younger than Brigitte at just 39.

What a lecherous Cretin this Trump is.

16th C. Edinburgh

Via Hywel Clifford

Ulrich Zwinglis Ethik

This new volume has just appeared from TVZ-

In Ulrich Zwinglis Ethik spiegeln sich entscheidende Stationen seiner Biographie wider: seine Kritik am Solddienstwesen, seine Begegnung mit dem Humanismus und seine Pesterkrankung. Anhand dieser Stationen ethischer Sensibilisierung kristallisiert der Ethiker Matthias Neugebauer die zentralen Fragen des Zürcher Reformators heraus: Was ist Gott? Was ist das Gute? Was ist Gerechtigkeit? Gibt es eine Freiheit des Willens? Zwingli durchdachte die praktischen Konsequenzen des Christseins mit Leidenschaft und nahm Stellung zu den gesellschaftlichen Auswirkungen auf Ehe und Familie, Arbeit und Müssiggang, Staat und Obrigkeit sowie Krieg und Frieden.

Matthias Neugebauer bringt Zwinglis ethische Grundgedanken in einen überschaubaren Zusammenhang. Dabei wird deutlich, wie aktuell diese Fragestellungen und wie konsequent die Antworten sind: nahe am Leben und gewonnen aus einem intensiven Bibelstudium.

Neugebaur sets about the task of explicating Zwingli’s ethics by first outlining the chief contributing events in the life of Zwingli which seem to have been most formative of his ethical viewpoints.  These are the problem of mercenary service, the critical issues raised by humanism, and Zwingli’s near death encounter with the plague.  In the opinion of the present reviewer these three aspects are the very bedrock upon which Zwingli’s ethics AND theology were founded and N. is completely correct in asserting their importance.

The author then moves the argument forward by discussing the theological and philosophical principles which come to contribute to Zwingli’s ethical system (though of course our author makes it clear that Zwingli wrote neither an ‘Ethics’ nor a ‘Dogmatics’).  These are God and the Good, General Ethics and Christian Ethics, and ‘Unfree’ Will and Christian freedom.

Part three is devoted to the living out of this ethic concretely in the world.  That is, here N. leads us on a tour of Zwingli’s ethic of marriage and the family, work and labor, State and Society, and War and Peace.  All brilliantly described and all grippingly investigated.

The work concludes with a conclusion (as such things normally do) and summary of literature and a list of the many illustrations which add value to the book.

The last time an ‘Ethic’ of Zwingli was published was 1902.  It was, for its time, a somewhat useful work by Paul von Kügelgen, Die Ethik Huldreich Zwinglis. It’s weaknesses, though, outweigh its strengths because it is concerned chiefly with the ‘individualism’ its author saw at work in Zwingli’s thought.  The book by Neugebauer is light years ahead of von K.’s both in terms of thoroughness and helpfulness.

The great benefit of the work is the absolutely comprehensive and copious citations from Zwingli’s own writings.  This isn’t simply a summary of Zwingli’s thought, it is a demonstration of that thought from Zwingli’s ‘own mouth’ (as it were).

I learned a great deal from it (and I’m not being boastful when I say that I know a bit more than the average person about Zwingli).  Readers will, I think, like me, benefit immensely by reading it.  Which I hope very many do so that they too can come to understand the greatest of the Reformers more thoroughly.

Ja Oder Nein… Once More

Luther this time (and take note of the tiny print at the bottom of the poster.  Cheeky devil).

Science or Politics? Where is the Oldest Archaeological Journal, PEQ, Headed?

New in Bible and Interpretation.   Give it a look.  I’m very keen to see Philip’s rejoinder.

Ja Oder Nein!

Brill posted these photos on their Facebook page.  I think they’re brilliant!

Why Archaeological Antiquities Should Not Be Sold on the Open Market, Period

This is a great essay, and quite correct too.

Illicit antiquities are once again in the headlines. US retailer Hobby Lobby was recently fined US$3m (£2.3m) for illegally acquiring antiquities that were most likely looted from Iraq. Collectors and museums are therefore being reminded to undertake due diligence in checking collections’ histories before purchasing cultural property.

The implication here is, of course, that when the item on the auction block has been legally excavated and diligently recorded by archaeologists, there isn’t a problem. This is an enormous mistake. Such sales may be legal, but they are still ethically problematic.

At its most direct, the public auction of archaeologically procured finds puts those objects at risk of disappearing into the private domain, where their integrity is no longer assured. There are no international legal protections, no “obligations of ownership”, for cultural property in private possession.

Etc.  And again, she’s right.

How Racist Trump Supporters ‘Think’

Jerome: On Cowardice

caravaggio-st-jeromeAlthough I will not listen to fault-finders, I will follow the advice of teachers. To direct the fighter how to fight when you yourself occupy a post of vantage on the wall is a kind of teaching that does not commend itself; and when you are yourself bathed in perfumes, it is unworthy to charge a bleeding soldier with cowardice.

Nor in saying this do I lay myself open to a charge of boasting that while others have slept I only have entered the lists. My meaning simply is that men who have seen me wounded in this warfare may possibly be a little too cautious in their methods of fighting.

I would not have you engage in an encounter in which you will have nothing to do but to protect yourself, your right hand remaining motionless while your left manages your shield. You must either strike or fall. I cannot account you a victor unless I see your opponent put to the sword. – St. Jerome

Today With Zwingli

The prohibition to the clergy of marriage comes from the devil not from God. — Huldrych Zwingli