Daily Archives: 16 Aug 2017

What Charlottesville Looks Like From Germany

This is must reading.

Protestantismus, Antijudaismus, Antisemitismus: Konvergenzen und Konfrontationen in ihren Kontexten

A timely work:

Markiert die Reformation eine Zäsur in der Geschichte des christlichen Antijudaismus? Was haben das reformatorische Christentum und seine Wirkungen in Wechselwirkung mit andersartigen Koeffizienten für das Umschlagen des Antijudaismus in eliminatorischen Antisemitismus bedeutet? Zu diesen viel diskutierten Themen leistet der vorliegende Band einen Beitrag auf einem neuen Niveau der Differenzierung und der Multiperspektivität. Anders als weithin üblich, wird der Schwerpunkt nicht von vorneherein auf Martin Luther und seine »Judenschriften« gelegt. Für das 16. Jahrhundert wird vielmehr das Verhältnis der Zeitgenossenschaft zu den Juden in den Blick genommen. Im Blick auf das 19. und frühe 20. Jahrhundert kommen die verschiedensten protestantischen Positionen in Deutschland zum Judentum und deren Quellen zur Sprache. Kontrastierend wird schließlich die internationale Szene beleuchtet, einerseits außerdeutsche lutherische Länder und Kirchen und andererseits Länder, die von anderen konfessionellen Traditionen geprägt waren.

Satan Takes Ownership of White Supremacy

Satan snacks on his White Supremacists

In a statement that surprised nearly no one, Satan, the accuser and enemy of God and His people, paused briefly from roaming the earth seeking someone to devour Wednesday to confirm to reporters that he is responsible for the entire white supremacist movement worldwide.

“Oh yeah, that’s all me. For sure,” said the wicked one Lucifer, adding that he’s “really been on a roll lately with this particular gig.”

“I’m quite proud of this hell-filling racket. It’s as anti-biblical as anything can be, causing human beings made in the image of God to be seen as subhuman and expendable, but do you see how tons of them even invoke the name of God as justification for hating everyone who isn’t white? Purely satanic. Some of my best work, honestly.”

The devil then ended his interview abruptly, explaining that he has “a lot of work to do today on this front.”


A Festschrift for Israel Finkelstein

Few are more deserving of such an honor. Finkelstein has done great things and made brilliant contributions to archaeology.

Rethinking Israel

Rethinking Israel
Studies in the History and Archaeology of Ancient Israel in Honor of Israel Finkelstein

Edited by Oded Lipschits, Yuval Gadot, and Matthew Adams
Eisenbrauns, Forthcoming, November 2017
Pp. ca. 600, English
Cloth, 6 x9 inches
ISBN: 9781575067870
List Price: $89.50
Your Price: $80.55

Quote of the Day: On the Necessity of The Authentic Gospel

A mutilated gospel produces mutilated lives, and mutilated lives are positive evils“- BB Warfield

Here’s What You Can Get me For My Impending Birthday

World launch of the Calov Bible facsimile from Lydia Vroegindeweij on Vimeo.

More info here.

Here’s A Little Intro to Adolf Schlatter

In case you’re unfamiliar with the great man.

No- Mr Trump

‘Some very fine people…’

Schlatter’s Most Influential Essay


All attempts to illumine clearly the point at which the theological conflict among us arises render a commendable service. So it is fitting to welcome the contribution by Paul Jager in Die Christliche Welt 25 ( 1905). Without sentimental phraseology and with serious effort to establish a clear position, Jager demands that theology utilize “the atheistic method.” His remarks were prompted by Lutgert’ s statement’ that even in historical observation and judgments God is not to be ignored; an untheological theologian would be a self-contradiction. To this Jager replies that the atheistic method is the only scientific one: “We wish to explain the world (including religion, whether its social formation or the experience of the individual on the basis of this world,” i.e., “we wish to explain it, without any recourse to the concept of God, on the basis of the forces that are immanent within the world process.” In Jager’s view, then, today’s dominant leitmotif in all branches of science must function in the same way in theology. Jager has therefore boldly countered Lutgert’ s remark: While Lutgert indicates that it is impossible to ignore God, Jager answers: ‘Entirely right! And we do not wish to ignore him; rather, we wish to negate him.’ For whoever wishes to explain all phenomena “immanently” (on the basis of this-worldly factors alone)-whether Jesus’ divine Sonship or our own knowledge of God, whether human sinfulness or the apostolic gospel-does not ignore God but negates him. Any recourse to God is here excluded not only temporarily from scientific thinking, say in the interest of producing pure, authentic observation, but is categorically banned. The essential characteristic of theology becomes that it is blind to God. “The scientific method,” says Jager, “ignorat deum, knows nothing of God.”

Read the entire piece.  It is timely – in a profound way.


That profoundly gifted exegete and theologian Adolf Schlatter was born on the 16th of August in 1852. His productivity was second to none as he published commentaries on every book of the New Testament (some for general readers and some more advanced), dogmatics, ethics, devotional materials, philosophy, history, and even an introduction to the entire Bible.

Only a fragment of his work has been translated into English and consequently he is barely known (if at all). This is a real shame, as he has much to say that’s worth hearing.

Not that everyone cares for his work, or even him. Both Karl Barth and Rudolf Bultmann studied for a time under him and neither of them were very impressed. And in more recent times, Gerd Ludemann has found him wanting because of his apparent support of the Nazi party (which, I hasten to add, was not the case at all!).

I’ve posted rather a lot on Schlatter – all of which you can browse here.

Happy birthday, Adolf.  We still honor your brilliant contributions to our field (even if we have left them behind at points).

Quote of the Day

“The ringing of bells sounds different than usual when one knows that the deceased is somebody one loves.” — Martin Luther