Daily Archives: 18 Oct 2017

Trump Just Stabbed Alexander in the Throat

Maybe now the Senator will realize what a fool Trump is.

President Trump reversed course Wednesday and threw cold water on a new bipartisan congressional health care plan designed to maintain subsidies for health insurance exchanges, thereby temporarily propping up the Affordable Care Act.

A day after signaling support for the plan developed by Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., Trump tweeted Wednesday that the deal might benefit insurance companies too much.

What a liar.

It’s Maurice Casey’s Birth-iversary

casey_fsToday is the anniversary of Maurice Casey’s birth.

Maurice Casey was one of the best known scholars of the New Testament presently (or more properly, recently) working in the United Kingdom. He was a tireless researcher who devoted his life to a serious and, insofar as this is possible, an independent investigation of the New Testament freed from dogmatic constraints. Or more particularly, to the life of the Historical Jesus.

In the last years of his life Maurice suffered a series of ailments which left him weakened and stymied and yet he persevered manfully through his “valley of the shadow”. As he worked on his final publication (and certainly not knowing that it would be his final publication) he grew progressively weaker, progressively worse. And yet he was so troubled by the rise of the ‘mythicist’ movement that he was determined to see the project through to the end. I’m grateful that he was able to.

He’s worth remembering, on his birthday especially.  I said so last year and I’ll say so next.

Erasmus and the Zwinglian Reformation

Huldrych Zwingli gilt als Autorität der Zürcher Reformation. Es ist klar: Unser Reformator war nicht alleine unterwegs: Seine Zeit, die Zeitgenossen und geistige Strömungen, insbesondere der Humanismus, haben ihn, sein Denken und seine Ideen beeinflusst. Unter diesen sticht besonders Erasmus von Rotterdam heraus: In seinem humanistischen Geist haben die Zürcher damals den Aufbruch gewagt. Sein Einfluss ist um einiges grösser, als bisher angenommen. Teilnehmer: Pfr. Michel Müller (Kirchenratspräsident), Ueli Greminger (Pfarrer am St. Peter) und Dr. Urs Leu (Alte Drucke und Rara an der Zentralbibliothek Zürich). Vortrag und Führung. Der Eintritt ist frei.

Today With Zwingli

His friend Oecolampadius sent this little letter on 18 October, 1525.  Per usual when the two friends wrote each other, the letter has gossip aplenty (or, maybe news, right?  Because gossip makes them sound so British) and book talk.  Book talk, can you imagine?  These two are always talking about books.

oeco24S. mi frater Erasmus certo scribere dicitur. Ambrosium “De sacramentis” ut persuadent Frobeniani, commendabit, quem ipse nunquam pro Ambrosii libro habuit. Quid si per opportunitatem et tu convinceres illum non esse eius authoris, cui dissimillimus est? At quid si etiam aberrarit? Multi se nobis opponent, quantum intelligo; proinde magna fiducia in dominum alacriter ad ea, quę ante nos sunt, procedamus [Phil. 3. 13]. Mitto tibi Nordlingiacensis literas, qui aliquanto mitigatior videtur, tametsi nescio quid suboleam. Tertullianum vult suarum partium. Strussius vult missum faciamus hominum doctrinas, quasi vero illis potius quam verbo dei credamus. Fac, ut quamprimum habeam ea, quae Pomerano respondisti; nam et nos unum atque alterum excipiemus iratorum istorum, ubi in lucem prodierint. Ludovicus Hezerus te salutat. Vertit librum nostrum. Id quod non iussi nec prohibui. Approbabo tamen, zwinglisi quidem adversariis molestum erit, quod populo fumos suos prodi vident. Fortassis apud vos curabit excudi. Nollem tamen publice divulgatum, quod domi meę transferatur liber.
Vale, bona spe domino serviens.

Basileę altera post Galli.
Tuus Oecolampadius.

Huldrico Zwinglio, Tigurinorum pastori fidelissimo, suo fratri.


“He Knew What He Was Signing up For”

  • Donald Trump, to Abraham Lincoln’s family after Lincoln was assassinated…
  • Donald Trump, to Ronald Reagan’s family after Reagan was shot…
  • Donald Trump, to the families of the Las Vegas shooting victims…
  • Donald Trump, to the family of President McKinley…
  • Donald Trump, to the widows of Police Officers killed in the line of duty…
  • Donald Trump, to the parents of the children slaughtered at Sandy Hook…