All lived before the second century CE. They are the folk who wrote what would become Scripture (the Bible). And no theologian since has been worthy to lick the dust from their feet.
They were, one and all, geniuses. From the author of Ps 137 to Qoheleth to Isaiah to the Deuteronomists to Luke and John and James and all the rest. Peerless geniuses.
Thank God for them.
End Times prepper pastor Jim Bakker said on his television program today that “unsaved people are going insane” because they can’t handle the fact that President Trump honors God. “Unsaved people are going insane,” he said. “They can’t take it. They can’t believe that a person was elected to the presidency that honored God, that wants to keep the cross on top of your church and Jesus in your heart.” Bakker said that while Trump “wants to stop killing the babies,” his opponents are fighting to keep abortion legal despite the fact that “this is one of the main reasons … judgment finally came to America.” “Everybody is for abortion that is still alive,” Bakker said, before quietly admitting, “I don’t know what that means.”
How deranged is Bakker? And does he even know what it means to honor God?
Johann von Staupitz had persuaded Luther to pursue advanced studies to qualify for the degree of Doctor in Biblia and had moved Frederick the Wise to provide funds for promoting Luther’s doctorate on the promise that Luther would be a great asset to the University of Wittenberg as lecturer on the Bible. Staupitz himself had held this position with distinction but was now vacating it because of his duties as vicar general of the Augustinians. On October 22, 1512, the new doctor was with appropriate ceremony received as a colleague by the faculty senate and apparently immediately began his preparations for lectures on the Psalms.
So the Editor of the American Edition of Luther’s Works.
Luther’s installation in the Wittenberg faculty would be, as you can guess, momentous. He would still not become a ‘Reformer’ for five more years- two years after Zwingli began his efforts at reformation. From 1512 when he was installed until 1517 Luther was simply a Papist Professor of Scripture at a Catholic University in backwater Wittenberg.
Come on, Mongolia! I don’t mind that several countries in the Middle East and Africa don’t follow on twitter (even though it does hurt my feelings), but you? Come on….