Daily Archives: 28 Sep 2017

The Bee Mocks the Heffnerian Weepers

According to reports from around the nation, Americans who think of themselves as progressive and forward-thinking in their support for women’s rights and the dignity of females everywhere were celebrating the life of Hugh Hefner, for some reason, after his death Wednesday at the ripe old age of 91.

“RIP Hugh Hefner!” one man whose online profile described him as a “feminist, activist, social justice warrior” wrote. “Thanks for supporting the liberation of women!”

Newspapers and other media outlets across the country released touching memoirs, obituaries, and photographs of the mogul who made a fortune parading nude women in public like pieces of meat dangled in front of wild animals, heralding him as a progress-oriented leader of a sexual revolution. These very same news organizations like to think of themselves as modern and progressive, sources confirmed, despite Hefner’s empire being built upon women being reduced to nothing but objects meant for the sexual gratification of men.

Celebrities who have previously championed the cause of women’s rights joined in throughout the day Thursday, memorializing the man who made millions of dollars pioneering the mainstream objectification of women across the nation and world, as he continuously slept with hordes of ladies who were young enough to be his great-granddaughters and relentlessly perpetuated the notion that all women should be impossibly proportioned and absolutely gorgeous.

“RIP to the legendary Hugh Hefner! I’m so honored to have been a part of the Playboy team! You will be greatly missed! Love you Hef! Xoxo” tweeted Kim Kardashian after news broke of his death.

At publishing time, several hundred think pieces explaining that Playboy’s rampant and shameless objectification of women was actually “empowerment” had been published, sources confirmed.

The Sweet Burn of the Day Award Goes To…

Anyone Care to Suggest that this Veteran Has no Right to Take a Knee?

In this country, you have the right to protest anything you want, any way you want (as long as it does no physical harm to yourself or another). Period. Full stop. Now move on and stop pretending that others too don’t have that right.

Return To Grace: Luther’s Life and Legacy

The producers of this new film have sent along a review copy – for which I thank them.   It is related to, but not identical with ‘Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World’ (which appeared not long ago on PBS).

Whilst the earlier film follows a more biographical path the present incarnation is more interested in focusing on Luther’s theological development.  The scenes are, by and large, the same, the dialogue is essentially the same, but the talking heads and the narrator focus primarily on theological matters.

It would be fair to say that the production titled ‘Martin Luther: the Idea that Changed the World’ is aimed primarily at those wishing to understand Luther’s life and legacy, the present film is primarily aimed at those wishing to have a better understanding of Luther’s theological development and significance.

The traditional view of Luther is generally adopted, including the story of the lightning inspired abandonment of Law and the adoption of monastic life.  Luther’s inner struggle with God too is highlighted.  And, naturally, the nailing of the theses to the door is offered as fact without question.  Which is, as we all know (or should), is simply not how things would have happened.

It is also a mark of the film’s usefulness and intelligence that Luther’s status as a sort of German superstar is on display.

In broad outline the life and thought of Luther is fairly and impressively treated in the film.  The only thing, I think, that might have made it better would have been a bit of questioning of the standard interpretation.  Indeed, a bit fuller discussion of Luther’s interactions with his non-Catholic opponents would have deeply enriched the presentation.

Of course one can only do so much in a film of a few hours length.  And no one who has studied the life of Luther will be satisfied with everything done and left undone in this or any Luther film.

Brilliantly presented, alongside the subject matter, is the costuming and accouterments of the 16th century scenes.  The actors dress as the inhabitants of Luther’s world would have dressed and the buildings reflect quite accurately the buildings Luther would have known.  The printing presses used and the importance of the press for Luther’s reformatory efforts is justifiably the center of attention for a good bit of the film.  Without print- there would have been no Reform.  The aesthetic side of the film is simply superb.  It’s a delight to watch, its scenery is a feast for the eyes.

If you watched the PBS special on Luther (as mentioned by title above), you will find much here that is similar.  What is different is the focus of attention.  Both films, together, give a quite full, and generally quite accurate, picture of the German Reformer.  If you’re interested in Luther’s biography, watch ‘Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World’.  If theology is your focus, watch the present film.  And if you want to think about both aspects of Luther: his theology and his biography, watch both.

A Bit of Bugenhagen on RefoThursday

Here.  Enjoy.

Let The Reader Understand…

The legacy for cowards, for those who break their word, or worship obscenities, for murderers and the sexually immoral, and for sorcerers, worshippers of false gods or any other sort of liars, is the second death in the burning lake of sulphur.‘ (Rev. 21:8)

Only Modern America Would Celebrate The Life of a Debauched Misogynist

Hugh Heffner is dead.  His isn’t a life worth celebrating; he exploited women for his own benefit and exalted misogyny as a virtue.  Only persons like Donald Trump and other sexual deviants would find such a man a hero.  Decency, on the other hand, can only despise Heffner and his ‘achievements’.

Total depravity can never be lauded.  Where it is, indecency reigns.

A Step By Step Guide to Avoid Believing Fake News From Russia

  1. Don’t get your news from Facebook or Twitter.
  2. See step one.
  3. See steps one and two.
  4. See steps one, two, and three.
  5. Repeat steps one through four as often as needed.

‘The Jehovah’s Witnesses Made Me Sick’

Read this.  If not for any reason but the sheer delight of someone talking about how being a Jehovah’s Witness made him ill.  Literally.

Be Sure to Drop In A Couple of Times a Year…

At this blog.  Interesting stuff, and irregular biannual postings.