Daily Archives: 9 Sep 2017

Pentebabbleists as the Modern Edition of Indulgence Peddlers

Except White and her feckless band of merry heretics aren’t 1/100000000000000000000th as intelligent as Tetzel

The More Theologically Vapid Your Sermon Is, The More You Need Props

When Guns Are Easily Accessible, Terrible Terrible Things Become Possible

Read this whole story.  It’s terrifying precisely because no one would have ever expected it to happen.

Paterno Knew and Turned a Blind Eye To Sandusky’s Perversity

CNN reports

A police report obtained by CNN bolsters evidence that legendary football coach Joe Paterno knew years before Jerry Sandusky’s arrest that his longtime assistant might be sexually abusing children.

The one-page Pennsylvania state police report, obtained from a source and described here for the first time, lays out an account from whistleblower Mike McQueary, who reported to Paterno an incident he had just witnessed in a locker room between Sandusky and a young boy. Paterno allegedly told McQueary in 2001 that the claim against Sandusky “was the second complaint of this nature he had received,” according to the police report, which was written after Sandusky’s arrest 10 years later.

McQueary’s claim of abuse and other allegations led to Sandusky’s conviction in 2012 for sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years, including three victims after the 2001 locker room incident. He is serving a sentence of at least 30 years in prison. An appeal is pending.

The police report casts fresh doubt on the mountain of denials by Paterno, his family and his loyalists that the coach knew anything of Sandusky’s serial molestation before the 2001 incident.

When sport is your religion sacrificing a few dozen kids on the altar of winning is a small price to pay.

Martin Luther in Print

The religious turmoil of the Protestant Reformation proved a bonanza for printers and artists, especially in Germany. A stunning new exhibition at SMU’s Bridwell Library in Dallas evokes the drama and sweep of the period as captured in the theological publications of the era and celebrates the 500th anniversary of Luther’s famous revolt. The exhibit is even more impressive because it is entirely based on the holdings in the library’s own collections and all of the work (other than printing catalogues and oversize sign-boards) was done in house. It is free and open to the public.

The show, titled “Martin Luther and the Age of Print,” is now on view in The Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries of Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, through December 15. In both its real and virtual incarnations the show serves as an introduction to Luther (1483–1546), the reformer and his printed works.  www.smu.edu/Bridwell/SpecialCollectionsandArchives/Exhibitions/Luther


46,000 Floridians are Interested in An Event: Shooting at Irma…

Where do these people come from and why are any of them allowed to have a gun?  Such ignorance shouldn’t be encouraged.

Hurricane Irma is due to hit Florida on Saturday, and the state is currently experiencing the largest ever mass evacuation due to a hurricane in American history.  But Ryon Edwards, 22, came up with a novel way of amusing himself during the storm: firing bullets into it.  He started a Facebook “event”, and as of Friday evening 46,000 people say they are interested.  “A combination of stress and boredom made me start the event,” he told the BBC.  “The response is a complete and total surprise to me.  “I never envisioned this event becoming some kind of crazy idea larger than myself. It has become something a little out of my control.”


Graphics suggesting how to shoot at a hurricane have sprung up online, with the suggestion that if you fire correctly the bullet might not come back and kill you.  Since Mr Edwards came up with his “masterplan”, other similar Facebook pages have been created  – including one suggesting using flame throwers to scare away the storm.  “It’s time we took a stand against this bully!” reads the event description. “This is our home, nobody drives us out of our own territory.  “Join me in this fight as we shoot flames at Hurricane Irma and dissipate her on the spot.”

I’m tempted to think it’s all in mockery… but this being America… and that being Florida…

Fun Facts from Church History: The Condemnation of Anabaptism

limmatOn September 9, 1527, Zurich, Bern, and St. Gall published an edict, in which for the first time the alleged errors and crimes of the Anabaptist party are set forth; viz.:

  • They seduce men from the congregations of the orthodox teachers and assail the public preachers with abuse; they babble in corners, woods, and fields;
  • contract spiritual marriages, thereby giving occasion for adulteries;
  • even command crime in the name of the Lord, e. g., the parricide at St. Gall;
  • glory in divine revelations and miracles;
  • teach that the Devil will be saved, and that in their church one could indulge lust without crime;
  • had other signs of the covenant aside from catabaptism;
  • would not carry swords;
  • pronounced usury and the lot wicked;
  • would have all external goods common and deposited in the midst of them, so that no one could use them as his own peculiar right;
  • forbade Christians to accept the magistracy or to say an oath was proper.

In order that this growth, dangerous to Christianity, wicked, harmful, turbulent, seditious, may be eradicated, we have thus decreed: if any one is suspected of catabaptism he is to be warned by the magistracy to leave off, under penalty of the designated punishment. Individuals as the civil contract obliges should inform upon those favourable to catabaptism. Whoever shall not fit his conduct to this dissuasion is liable to punishment according to the sentence of the magistracy and as special business; teachers, baptising preachers, itinerants and leaders of conventicles, or those previously released from prison and who have sworn to desist from such things, are to be drowned.

Foreigners, their faith being pledged, are to be driven out, if they return are to be drowned. No one is allowed to secede from the Church and absent himself from the Holy Supper. Men led into the error by fraud may receive a mitigation of their punishment in proportion to their property and standing. Whoever flees from one jurisdiction to another shall be banished or given up on demand.”*

Never was the power of execution ceded from the magistracy to the clergy.  Or, to put it another way, not one single heretic was executed by any member of the clergy (and that includes Calvin and Zwingli and Luther).  Ever.  Heretics were executed by the secular authorities and never did it happen otherwise.

*Samuel Macauley Jackson, Huldreich Zwingli: The Reformer of German Switzerland (1484–1531) (Heroes of the Reformation; New York; London: G. P. Putnam’s Sons; Knickerbocker Press, 1901), 259–261.