Daily Archives: 30 Oct 2017

Dillettante of the Month

Meet Rev Endwell… who insists that there are UFOs in the Bible.

Mr Endwell wins the Dilly the Dillettante Award for the month of October.    ‘Well’ done Endwell…


For Fox News, Today is Event Free…

While other news organizations are reporting on the indictments coming down on former top Trump campaign officials, conservative media outlet Fox News chimed in Monday morning to confirm there is absolutely no news going on today.

“We checked with all our top news people, exhausted all of our most trusted sources, and they unanimously confirmed there is nothing going on at all,” the crew of Fox & Friendsreported. “Looks like we’re all just gonna head home early today. We’ll try again tomorrow I guess.”

At publishing time, Rush Limbaugh had cancelled his afternoon news program, confirming there was just nothing to talk about today.


Glarus Loved Zwingli, For the Most Part…

Except, of course, the lovers of war who despised his anti-mercenary service sentiments.  Accordingly, his biographer notes, that even when he took up residence in Einsiedeln in October of 1516, that technically

… he remained pastor of Glarus till he went to Zurich. He so signs himself on October 30, 1517, when writing to the chief magistrate of Winterthur; his name so appears upon the official records, and he drew the parish income and out of it paid his “vicar” or substitute. His people were anxious to retain him and promised to rebuild his house if he would stay. They were proud of his reputation for scholarship, of his large library, of his musical skill, of the friends he had made, and of his devoted pupils, and of his rise from obscurity to prominence among the Swiss. They knew what an excellent preacher he was, how faithful a pastor, how firm a friend, how enthusiastic a patriot, how generous, how jovial, how self-sacrificing, in short, what a fine man he was. But his enemies, though far less numerous than his friends, were equally determined and compelled his departure.

It only takes one or two obnoxious enemies to drive one out no matter how many loving supporters one has.

The Suicide Attempt that Became A Murder

Police say a 12-year-old boy jumped from an overpass above Interstate 66 in northern Virginia and fell onto a car, killing the driver.

The incident took place Saturday afternoon in Fairfax County. Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said in a statement Sunday afternoon that the boy landed on a Ford Escape and the impact incapacitated the vehicle’s driver. Virginia State Police are investigating the incident as a suicide attempt, CBS affiliate WUSA-TV reports.

Geller says the driver of the Ford, 22-year-old Marisa W. Harris of Olney, Maryland, died at the scene. Harris’ family said her boyfriend, who was in the passenger’s seat, took control of the car and steered it off of the interstate, WUSA-TV reports.

The boy was taken to a local hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.


A New Facebook Group For Scholars of the Biblical Languages

Titled ‘Teaching Biblical Languages‘.  It may be of interest to you.  It’s

a pedagogy and resource-sharing group for teachers of Koine and Classical Greek, Biblical Hebrew, and Aramaic!

Luther Never Nailed Anything to any Door…

Here’s an essay on the topic that you need to read as we stand once more on the cusp of Luther-Madness.  It ends like this:

All this matters because the image of Luther at the door has so much shaped our view not only of when the Reformation started but of what the Reformation was. Of course, we need “events”, periods and concepts (including “the Reformation” itself) to organise our knowledge and understanding of the past. But all too easily they become timetabled stops along the fixed tramlines of historical development.

Luther in 1517 was no “Protestant”. He was a reformist Catholic friar. His theses on indulgences are in some ways surprisingly unradical, articulating the unease many thoughtful churchmen felt about the practice. Only later, through a combination of political circumstances and Luther’s own theological radicalisation, did a breach with Rome become irreparable. At no stage can it be considered “inevitable”.

Anniversaries are by definition commemorative and retrospective occasions. But we should use them to ask searching questions and interrogate old verities, not just to remind ourselves of what we think we already know.

Paul Manafort is Toast

May he be simply the first in a long string of Trump associates indicted.

The Bible in the Light of Archaeology: A Public Lecture by Michael Langlois

This will be very much worth your time, if you are able to attend.

What do archaeological discoveries teach us about the Bible? Do biblical narratives convey historical reality? What do we know about the world of Abraham, Moses, and David? What are the oldest biblical manuscripts?

This conference is organized by Culture & Heritage Association and will take place in the Museum of Natural History auditorium (Allée René Ménard, 18000 Bourges).

The number of seats is limited, so I advise you to call 0676753954 in order to book your ticket.

It won’t be like a BAR Arch-Fest.  It will actually be educational.

Luther the Ineffective

Luther’s battle against indulgences was a miserable failure.  Not only did the Church continue the practice of indulgence granting then, it continues to the present unhindered and still widely observed-

In the Study With Martin Luther and His Friends on the 10th Anniversary of The 95 Theses