Daily Archives: 8 Nov 2017

Zwingli’s View of Sermon Books for Sermon Prep

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Signs of the Times: America Has a Sickness

‘Guns don’t kill people, people kill people’.  Ok, let’s pretend that’s true.  Now we have to ask, why are there so many murderous people in this country?  Why do more killers live in the United States than anywhere else in the world?  For a place that calls itself a Christian nation (which it isn’t- only people can be Christians, nations cannot), it sure seems to have more than its fair share of evildoers.  Why?

 

A New Course at Liberty University: Defending Donald Trump

Just in time for the upcoming holiday season, Liberty University announced its plans to offer an online course for Donald Trump supporters who will need some help defending him at family get-togethers.

According to the University’s online catalog, the course, titled “Trumpologetics 101”, will “train students to use techniques developed and honed by Liberty University leadership, who are among the nation’s premier experts at defending even the most non-Christlike aspects of Donald Trump’s policies, public statements, and personal life.”

Sources confirmed that the course will teach skills like blaming fake news, projecting how much worse things would be if Hillary Clinton were president, and comparing Trump to King David of the Bible.

A University spokesperson confirms Liberty will offer a degree in Trumpologetics beginning next year, which they expect to become the cornerstone of their undergraduate curriculum.

I expect Jerry Falwell Jr to be the lead teacher of the course.  He’s so determined to side with perversity that his nose is eternally stained.

The Book of Ruth: Origin and Purpose

New in Bible and Interpretation.

The GOP Tax Plan Will Destroy Graduate Education

Read the Forbes essay.

For millions of young people, the American dream is to study the thing you’re most passionate about at the highest levels possible, and then use those skills and that knowledge to build a life you’ll be fulfilled with. For some of us, the American dream includes many years of graduate school and extremely frugal living along the journey to a Ph.D. Traditionally, in a great many fields (such as biology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics), the only way this has been possible is through teaching and/or research assistantships, which grant graduate students with a small stipend (in the ~$20K-$30K/year range) to live off of.

These assistantships also come with a tuition waiver, valued at ~$12K-$50K/year, depending on the public-or-private, in-state-or-out-of-state institution. Currently, these tuition waivers are paid by the college directly to itself, on behalf of the graduate student, and are not counted as taxable income. Under the new GOP tax plan, however, those tuition waivers would be taxed as regular income, making graduate school an unaffordable proposition except for those already independently wealthy.

Contact your CongressWretch.

The Hippy Love Fest Jesus…

The hippy love fest Jesus so beloved of some never existed. Jesus called his enemies hypocrites, condemned sin, talked about hell and the folk well deserving of going there, got angry, and drove the money changers from the temple, among other things. #StopMakingJesusIntoAFakeImage

We all know you want Jesus to fit your ideology, on the left and the right, but do try to read the Bible a bit before you ramble mindlessly and ignorantly on about him.

Sad News: Schrodinger’s Cat is Well and Truly Dead

We’ve all wondered.  And now we know.

Rest in peace, kitty meow meow.

Medieval Monks Were Gross

Huldrych Zwingli On The Problem With Pseudo-Scholars

Illustration: Daniel Lienhard/Flyer Reformierte Kirche Kanton Zürich

Illustration: Daniel Lienhard/Flyer Reformierte Kirche Kanton Zürich

They are so ignorant as to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, in their essence, substance, divinity, power, that they do not know what you mean when you speak of one and understand all three; and their lack of knowledge is accompanied by such recklessness that what they are extremely ignorant of they all the more violently drag under suspicion.

Or they are so willingly and knowingly impious that they assail with the depravity of a perverted heart what they see is done rightly and piously, and since they despair of accomplishing anything in open warfare, they make an underground attack, alleging a fear that we are too much inclined sometimes towards the Father, sometimes towards the Son. To all such I say, κλαίειν, “fare ill.”

Zwingli, Luther and Calvin all At Dinner in Heaven

This looks like a great play to attend (if you’re fortunate enough to be in Zurich).

Zwingli, Luther und Calvin sitzen im Himmel zusammen beim Jass. Mit Hilfe von Jesus und einem Engel lernen sie, was die Botschaft der Reformation für die heutige Zeit ist. Sie tun das im Musical «Der letzte Stich», das seine Premiere in Zürich erlebt hat.

AAR’s Angry Letter to Yours Truly

Dear Jim West,

We, the undersigned, the Executive Board of the AAR and the sponsors of both the Interpretive Dance Section and the Heartfelt Searchers Section and the Buddhist Christian Muslim Gay Advocacy Section hereby write in protest to your recent disparagements of our wondrous cult group.   We wish you to be more thoughtful and kind hearted.  And if you are, we would like to take you out to a Vegan feast featuring cage free eggs and organic tofu grown in the basement of our Director of Narcotics as Religion group.

Thank you for your kinder and gentler self,

Yours in Allah/Buddha/Jesus/Jehovah/Krishna,

The AAR (and we’ve included our photos below so you can see us in Atlanta and come up and say howdy).

Today With Zwingli in His Letters

The 8th of November, 1528, was an interesting day in Zwingli’s life.  Two letters from two colleagues were written on that day.  The first, by his old friend Oecolampadius; and the second, by his new friend Bullinger.  Oecolampadius’ letter discusses various matters and then gets to the meat in a discussion of the descent of Christ into hell.  Bullinger’s is more a tweet than a letter, but it also mentions the descent of Christ into hell.

Oecolampadius writes

Gratia et pax a Christo. Ut monebas, mi Huldrice, Capitoni insinuavi fideliter de civitate nostra impetranda. Is in hęc verba scripsit: “Nescio, quid ad tuas respondeam. Non sumus ignavi, sed oportet ut omnia per occasionem. Queruntur varii varia. Bellua multiceps est status reipublicae popularis. Horrent plerique incertissimas actiones amicorum nostrorum. Sunt, qui Constantiam ob Christi professionem communem sibi de futuris sociis pollicentur. Sed nova omnia gnaris suspecta habentur. Audi nunc alia. Venere huc Metenses quidam; ii nunciant, praeclaram famam apud suos esse de foedere civitatum sanciendo; duodecimus Novembris, quo die fędus meditatum sancietur; nam articulos aiunt conscriptos esse et ferme comprobatos. Verum de ea re nobiscum summum est silentium; tametsi non dubitemus, sic esse conventum inter primores rerumpublicarum Germanię huius nostrę. Reliqua coniice et pronuncia, quid qua occasione interea.” Hęc Capito, in sinum tuum effundi voluit.

Ipse non omnibus nunciis fidit. Cęterum nos hic memores erimus, quid per Christophorum commiseris. Utinam audire nos dignentur nostri. Bernensem tumultum speramus in magnam gloriam Christi cessuram, tametsi a traditoribus illi ecclesię metuamus, ne optimates in periculum, unde vix evadant, introducantur. Versor nunc in “Daniele”. Supputationem LXX hebdomadarum iuxta Eusebii mentem tractabo. Tu si certiorem habes, oro communices; nam omnes alię tam Hebraeorum quam ecclesiasticorum minus quadrant, neque satisfaciunt, quae Bucerus in Mathęum et Capito in Oseam. Certa enim hoc loco expectantur.

Pręterea non te latet, quomodo Benedictus Erasmo nostro in Schaffhusen in materia descensus Christi ad inferos adversetur. Ipse sic definio mecum: animam quidem Christi a corpore solutam, divinam, commigrasse ad patres, quocunque tandem loco illum quieti cum Abraham expectarint, et illos sui revelatione ad maiora introduxisse gaudia, ut ipse primogenitus illis aperuerit paradisum. Scio quidem spiritus locis non circumscribi; definiuntur tamen alicubi esse. Unde et patres mea sententia non impie tradiderunt, Christum ad illos descendisse liberatorem. Si tibi hęc sententia non improbatur, bene; gratię deo, qui ita unamines idem ubique sentire facit. Sin minus, ostende paucis, quid tu sentias, ut, si questio illa vulgo ventilari ceperit curiosius, non dissentias. Facile enim cedo meliora afferentibus.

Vale.
Basileę 8. Novembris 1528. Oecolampadius.
Huldrico Zwinglio, suo charissimo fratri.

And then Bullinger’s ‘tweet’

Gratia et pax a domino. Rogo te plurimum, Zuingli mi, ut paucis mihi mentem tuam adaperias atque edoceas, quid rei sit, quod Christum ad inferna descendisse confitemur. Sunt enim ex doctis hodie non pauci, qui mira hic comminiscuntur, interim ut nihilo minus ipsi sese torqueant et lectores avidos a se dimittant.

Vale.
Heilrijch Bullingerus tuus.
Hulderycho Zuinglio, fratri in domino charissimo.

No response has been found- but Bullinger went on to later include a discussion of the ‘descent’ in his ‘Decades’ – in the Sermon on the Apostle’s Creed (First Decade, Sermon 7).  May we find there something of Zwingli’s thought?  Who knows.  But perhaps.

Trump and his Minions in the GOP Just Got their Heads Handed to Them…

In Virginia and New Jersey and Connecticut and across the Country.  Wait till 2018 to see the real rage against the GOP unleashed.  And Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell had the biggest hand in it by supporting the Trumpian disaster.