Daily Archives: 17 Aug 2017

Let the Reader Understand…

“So I went to the angel and said to him, “Give me the little book.” And he said to me, “Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.” (Rev. 10:9)

Silence: An Observation

No one who stands silent in the face of evil can escape critique. No one. In the face of evil, silence is a greater sin.

I’m Just Going to Be Upfront: Buy My Commentary So I Can Eat

I’m headed to England to lecture at Newman in September and I’d like to eat while I’m there.  Accordingly, I need someone to buy a copy of the Commentary.

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Signs of the Times

The Bee Stings Abortionists Pretending to Care About Human Lives

#BAM-  The Bee just owned PP-

Stressing that it is unacceptable for anyone to remain silent in the face of injustice, Cecile Richards, the white woman who heads Planned Parenthood and oversees the systematic annihilation of minorities in America by specifically targeting their communities for abortion services, released a statement on social media condemning racism.

“The protests led by white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA, are an appalling and horrifying attack on on people of color and the Jewish community,” stated the Caucasian who has intentionally organized the placing of 79% of the abortion provider’s facilities within African American and Hispanic neighborhoods.

“It was an explicit display of the racism that still exists in our country,” she added, seriously.

At publishing time, Richards was seemingly unaware that she runs Planned Parenthood the same way a white supremacist seeking to obliterate minority populations would.

Conference Announcement: Rethink Reformation 2017

Via Refo500

Aarhus University organizes an international conference (November 1-3 2017) that reflects on 500 years of European history raising the questions of what the historical event of the reformation means for European societies today and what new reformations the continent requires now.

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Call for Applications

Here.

Fscire — John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies — in Bologna calls for applications for international Fellowships.

Fscire offers fellowships for one year for the following position: Research on the history, exegesis or theology of Christianity, its renewal and its relationships with other religions cultures. Read more here.

“Paul, the Pagans’ Apostle”

Hurtaddo on Fredriksen.

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Paula Fredriksen’s awaited book on Paul has now appeared:  Paul, the Pagans’ Apostle (Yale University Press, 2017; the publisher’s online catalog entry here).  And unlike some other recent works, it’s a comparatively modest-sized tome (319 pp. including endnotes, bibliography and indexes).  But its modest (more reasonable?) size encompasses a pithy and highly readable portrait of her subject.  I won’t attempt here a full review, but will merely highlight a few matters.

Fredriksen emphasizes two things about Paul above all else:  (1) He was, and remained, Jewish; and (2) his apostolic mission was driven by a powerful eschatological conviction prompted by his belief that God had raised Jesus from death and exalted him as universal Messiah.  More specifically, she contends (persuasively to my mind) that Paul saw Jesus’ resurrection as ushering in the eschatological time foretold by biblical prophets in which the pagan “Gentile” nations would turn from their idols…

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Luther on Your Doubt Peddlings

We are better equipped to doubt than to hope; because hope comes from the Spirit of God but doubt comes from our own spirit. Accordingly God has forbidden it [doubt] under severe penalty. That we more easily believe penalty than reward is a product of the reason or spirit of man. Hoping and believing are different from thinking and speculating. Reason sees death before it, and it’s impossible for reason not to be terrified by it. Likewise we can’t be persuaded [by our reason] that God gives his Son and loves us so much, and hence we say, ‘You have not allowed your Son to be crucified for nothing!’ This is above reason. That God is so merciful, not on account of my works but on account of his Son, is incomprehensible. –  Martin Luther