Daily Archives: 1 Aug 2017

Quote of the Day

Emil Brunner writes

There Are Morons Among Us…

Via facebook

But I Thought the ‘Slippery Slope’ Argument Was on the ‘Wrong Side of History’…

Seems not…

Mortality Rates Are Unchanged

The Babylon Bee reports

A new study of the world’s population revealed that the expected mortality rate among humans is still 100%, researchers at Harvard University confirmed Tuesday.

The surprising study found that given enough time, every single person on this planet will pass away, completely irrespective of wealth, class, gender, race, nationality, or creed.

“The results are fairly conclusive,” head researcher Bryan Vo told reporters. “We expected to have a few outliers who managed to buck the trend, but even the ultra-rich, famous, and powerful will eventually go to the grave, according to our models.”

The study looked at population samples from various parts of the globe and confirmed that given enough time, every single member of the sample group would one day face death. Computer models confirmed the findings of Harvard’s research team, demonstrating that no person out of the 7.5 billion people on the planet would be able to live forever.

At publishing time, those who were confronted with the results of the study reportedly experienced a brief moment of introspection followed by an attempt to push the thought of dying one day out of their minds and go about their lives as if they will live forever.

Luther: The App

Luther virtuell” – die neue Augmented Reality-App (Erweiterte Realität) – lässt Nutzer in den drei Lutherstädten Eisleben, Mansfeld und Halle auf den Spuren des Reformators und seines Gegenspielers Kardinal Albrecht (nur in Halle) digital wandeln.

Luther Virtuell im iTunes App Store

Luther Virtuell im Google Play Store

The Other Side: Apocryphal Perspectives on Ancient Christian “Orthodoxies”

Anyone who wishes to manage their sources adequately must work with categories that help to bring order to the transcribed material. In many cases, such categories simultaneously shape the way in which we evaluate our sources. Critical reflection of the chosen categories is therefore crucial for robust historical study. This rings especially true when certain categories are not viewed through neutral eyes, but through polemically judgemental eyes. One extreme case would be the category of “apocryphalness”. In some areas, associations like “fraudulent” versus and “secret” – interlinked to this term in Antiquity – are still shaping the way Christian apocrypha are considered to this day. Closely associated with this is the use of the adjectival categories like “(proto)-orthodox”, “majority church” versus those like “heretical” (again polemically pejorative).

In their chapters, the contributors demonstrate not only how the set limits – as referred to the categories above – do indeed play a role, but more importantly, where these limits have been exceeded and where we must therefore work with new and different categories to understand the meaning of “apocryphal” writings and/or writings that have “become apocryphal” in terms of the history of an ancient Christianity perceived as multi-dimensional and dynamic. The following questions play a significant role in our understanding of this: In which contexts and by which groups are “newly apocryphal” writings used? Where do apocryphal writings or those “newly apocryphal” play a contextual role that would, nowadays, be perceived as “orthodox“? Which functions are assign thereto?