Daily Archives: 13 Nov 2017

Roy Moore Was Kicked out of a Gadsden Mall for Harrassing Young Girls

Roy Moore had been banned from a mall in Gadsden, Alabama, because he badgered teen girls, residents of the town, including lawyers and cops, say: nyer.cm/H7BvOQN 

Quote of the Day

A church that worships Jesus stands up for vulnerable women and girls. A church that worships power sees them as expendable. – Russell Moore

Die schweizerische Reformation: Ein Handbuch

Die Reformation ist eines der grossen Ereignisse der Schweizer Geschichte. Die neuen religiösen Auffassungen lösen heftige soziale Konflikte aus, die die Vertrauensbasis zwischen den katholischen und protestantischen Orten erschüttern und den Zusammenhalt der Eidgenossenschaft infrage stellen. Der starke Einfluss des Humanismus, die ausgewogenen Machtverhältnisse in den Städten und die religiöse Autonomie vieler Landgemeinden – das alles zusammen gibt der Reformation in der Schweiz ein unverwechselbares Profil.

Das Handbuch zeichnet detailliert die Ausbreitung der reformatorischen Bewegung in den Städten Zürich, Bern, Basel, St. Gallen, Schaffhausen und in den ländlichen Gebieten wie Graubünden, Appenzell und der französischsprachigen Schweiz, aber auch die gescheiterten Reformationen oder die Täuferbewegung nach. Es zeigt, wie sich im Lauf des 16. Jahrhunderts aus einer diffusen Bewegung eine disziplinierte Gruppe von Kirchen mit definierten Glaubenssätzen und eigenständiger Kultur entwickelt hat, und erkundet die Langzeitfolgen der Reformation auf die schweizerische Gesellschaft, auf die religiöse Kultur wie die Alltagskultur, auf Bildung, Gemeinwesen und Politik.  Mit Beiträgen von Irena Backus, Jan-Andrea Bernhard, Erich Bryner, Amy Nelson Burnett, Emidio Campi, Bruce Gordon, Kaspar von Greyerz, Sundar Henny, Karin Maag, Thomas Maissen, Martin Sallmann, Regula Schmid und Andrea Strübind.

The publisher has graciously provided a review copy.  More in due course.

The Collusion of Wikileaks (and Russia, Wikileaks Backer) and The Trumps

Read the account in the Atlantic.  The Trumps are beholden to the Russians.  The Trumps are traitors.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Pervert in the Oval Office Defended and Supported By People Who Falsely Call Themselves Christians

Another Woman Has Come Forward With A Story of Roy Moore’s Molestations

@AP — BREAKING: Second woman accuses Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct when she was a minor.

The dam is bursting and Roy Moore and all those who stand beside him will be drowned in the deluge.  Child molesters never just molest once.  Anyone who pays attention should realize that.  Just ask the victims of Jerry Sandusky and all the other predators out there.

53 Pastors in Alabama Have Signed Letters Supporting A Pedophile, And Denying Christ

And make no mistake, publicly supporting a pedophile is also the public denial of Christ.  Why?  Because the public endorsement of sin is the public repudiation of God.  I wouldn’t want to be any of these heretics on judgment day, because here’s what awaits them-

‘So if anyone declares himself for me in the presence of human beings, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in heaven.  But the one who disowns me in the presence of human beings, I will disown in the presence of my Father in heaven.  (Matt. 10:32-33)

Those ‘Pastors’ are, to a man, political opportunists who have sold their souls to a political party.  They are doomed.  No sir, I wouldn’t want to be any one of them.

LXX Scholar Interview – Dr. Ben Wright

Very much worth your time.

Septuaginta &c.

Today I have another opportunity to feature an interview with a well-established Septuagint scholar. If you don’t already know, this is part of a larger running series of interviews that can be found here. This interview is with Dr. Benjamin G. Wright, who is University Distinguished Professor at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. Wright is well known among Septuagint scholars for many things, most recently his work on Aristeas, Sirach, and also as the co-editor of the New English Translation of the Septuagint (OUP 2007).

Now for the interview:

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Quote of the Day

As you have done, so will it be done to you: your deeds will recoil on your own head. (Obad. 1:15)

Facebook Theology That Makes me Sigh

Apparently someone at Unvirtuous Abbey isn’t very informed concerning the Gospel accounts of the Sermon on the Mount (it only occurs in Matthew.  In Luke it’s set on a plain, and in Mark and John it doesn’t even occur).  Step it up, humorists.

sigh

Speaking of the Synod of Dort…

bogermanThe Synod was opened and closed with great solemnity, and held one hundred and fifty-four formal sessions, besides a larger number of conferences.  The expenses were borne by the States-General on a very liberal scale, and exceeded 100, 000 guilders.  The sessions were public, and crowded by spectators. John Bogerman, pastor at Leuwarden, was elected President; Festus Hommius, pastor in Leyden, first Secretary—both strict Calvinists. The former had translated Beza’s tract on the punishment of heretics into Dutch; the latter prepared a new Latin version of the Belgic Confession. The whole Dutch delegation was orthodox. Only three delegates from the provincial Synod of Utrecht were Remonstrants, but these had to yield their seats to the three orthodox members elected by the minority in that province. Gomarus represented supralapsarian Calvinism, but the great majority were infralapsarians or sublapsarians.  Thus the fate of the Arminians was decided beforehand.*

As it should have been.  You can read a great deal of first hand material as mentioned here.

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*The Creeds of Christendom, with a History and Critical Notes: The History of Creeds (Vol. 1, p. 513).

It’s Johannes Eck’s Birth-iversary

eckJohn Eck, more correctly Johann Maier, was born at Eck (now Egg, near Memmingen, south of Augsburg) in Swabia, November 13, 1486. When twelve years of age he began his studies at Heidelberg and continued them at Tuebingen, Cologne and Freiburg. When fourteen years of age he became Magister Artium, when nineteen bachelor of theology, when twenty-two priest at Strassburg, and in 1510, when twenty-four years, doctor and professor of theology in the University of Ingolstadt.

Having studied under humanistic teachers he advocated at first liberal views in theology and philosophy and as early as 1517 entered into friendly relations with Luther. But his unbounded ambition to be regarded as the leading theologian of Germany caused him to become the defender of the papacy and of Catholic doctrine. In 1519, he began his fight against Luther. In 1520, he visited Rome at the invitation of the Pope, when he presented to him his work on the Primacy of Peter against Luther, Ingolstadt 1520, for which he was awarded with the appointment as papal prothonotary. When on June 16, 1520, the papal bull, Exsurge Domine, appeared, in which forty-one propositions of Luther were condemned, Eck was entrusted with its execution in Germany.

At the Diet of Augsburg, Eck took a leading part as defender of the Roman Catholic position. He extracted 404 articles from the works of the reformers and with seventy other theologians collaborated in the Confutatio pontificia, in which the Catholic refutation of Protestantism was embodied.

Against Zwingli and his party, Eck first appeared at the public disputation at Baden, in Catholic territory, twelve miles northwest of Zurich, on May 21–June 18, 1526. The affair ended in favor of Eck, who induced the authorities to suppress the reformation at Baden. The dispution of Berne, which was conducted in the absence of Eck in January 1528, was won for the reformation.

When Zwingli’s account of his faith had been submitted to the emperor in July 1530, it was turned over to Eck for answer. He sat down at once and within three days, as he boasts, he produced what he intended to be a crushing reply. It was completed on July 17, 1530, dedicated to the Cardinal of Liege and printed most likely in the same month at Augsburg.

Eck was more highly esteemed as the champion of the true faith in Rome than in Germany, where he had many enemies. He was accused of drunkenness, immorality, unbounded greed for money and passionate desire for honor and preferment. When Rome did not gratify all his ambitions, he made overtures for peace to the Protestants, but they failed through hatred and contempt by which he was generally regarded.

But through his scholarly attainments, and controversial ability, he made himself the most prominent, and also the most violent opponent of the reformation. He died at Ingolstadt on February 10, 1543. Numerous works in Latin and German testify both to his ability and to his violent temper.*

It’s worth remembering that were it not for Eck, no one would probably have heard of Luther.  You have to take the bad with the good.

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*Huldreich Zwingli, The Latin Works of Huldreich Zwingli (ed. William John Hinke; vol. 2; Philadelphia: Heidelberg Press, 1922), 62–63.

Acta et Documenta Synodi Nationalis Dordrechtanae (1618–1619)

If you’re interested in the happenings at Dort- this series of  volumes will be important to you: Acta et Documenta Synodi Nationalis Dordrechtanae (1618–1619)

The Synod of Dordrecht 1618/1619 was one of the most important church councils in the history of the reformed tradition. International delegates from all over Europe served as important participants and played a significant role in the evaluation of Remonstrant doctrine and in the formation of the canons. The Synod made important pronouncements on issues like Sunday observance, catechism instruction, and theological education.Given the continuing worldwide historical significance of the Synod’s canons and church order, the absence of a critical scholarly edition of the majority of documents composed at the time of the Synod is remarkable. The Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek in Emden, being a leading research center for the history and theology of Reformed Protestantism, has taken the initiative to edit the Acts of the Synod of Dordrecht 1618/1619. The edition is organized as a RefoRC project with the participation of several institutions and scholars in Europe and North-America.

Forthcoming volumes:

  • Vol. II: Preliminaries to the Synod, ca. 1000 pp. / The Pro-Acta Sessions / Procedural Debates with the Remonstrants
  • Vol. III: Deliberations after the Expulsion of the Remonstrants, ca. 975 pp. / The Canons of Dordt and its Formation
  • Vol. IV: Remonstrant Doctrinal Documents, ca. 1000 pp.
  • Vol. V: The Judgments of the Nineteen Delegations on the Five Remonstrant Articles, ca. 850 pp.
  • Vol. VI: Other Discipline Cases, ca. 900 pp. / The Post-Acta Sessions / Immediate Aftermath of the Synod
  • Vol. VII: Remonstrant Reports on the Synod, ca. 1100 pp.Vol. VIII: Journals and Reports of Foreign Delegates on the Synod, ca. 990 pp.
  • Vol. IX: Journals and Reports of Dutch Delegates on the Synod, ca. 800 pp. / Contemporary Letters about the Synod

The Opening of the Synod of Dort

A national Synod was called to meet in Dort in 1618 for the purpose of examining the views of Arminius in the light of Scripture. The Great Synod was convened by the States-General of Holland on November 13, 1618. There were 84 members and 18 secular commissioners. Included were 27 delegates from Germany, the Palatinate, Switzerland and England. There were 154 sessions held during the seven months that the Synod met to consider these matters, the last of which was on May 9, 1619. — David N. Steele

The Synod rejected Arminianism.  As do all wise souls.  Since it’s just semi-Pelagianism with a new name.

The Newest Issue of Zwingliana

Zwingliana vol. 44 has appeared. Interested readers may view the Table of Contents as well as the abstracts at http://www.zwingliana.ch/index.php/zwa/issue/current.  At the same time Zwingliana 41 (2014) went online in full text and can be accessed at http://www.zwingliana.ch/index.php/zwa/issue/view/213.

Enjoy.