Daily Archives: 14 Nov 2017

The One Righteous Republican in Alabama

Refreshing to know… given the dark days in which we live. It means there’s hope for Alabama.

A Peculiar Prophet

I want to give public testimony to counter all of you who believe that all Republican politicians in Alabama are sexual predators.  True, ex-Governor Bentley was recently hounded from office because of his sexual misconduct and misappropriation of state funds to finance his illicit affair.  Now comes Roy Moore.  I always heard rumors that Moore was a scoundrel.  His blatant disregard for the Constitution got him removed as a judge not once, but twice.  Now we discover that Moore is even worse than we thought.

I remember, when Moore was garnering publicity in his campaign to put the Ten Commandments in all courtrooms in Alabama, a Methodist layman said, “Roy needs to check out the Seventh Commandment before he gets ‘em posted everywhere.  He could be vulnerable on that one.”

Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler defends Moore by dismissing his sexual conduct as typical of any single, thirty-year-old male in…

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EuARe Call For Papers

From Monday, March 5th to Thursday, March 8th, 2018, Bologna will host the first annual meeting of the European Academy of Religion.

The European Academy of Religion (EuARe) is a new constellation in European scholarship which was established in 2016 with the support of the European parliament. It aims to create an inclusive network, to act as an open platform, and to provide a framework to foster research, communication, exchange and cooperation concerning important religious issues for the academic world and society at large.

The program of the EuARe Conference 2018 will be composed of plenary (lectiones magistrales and roundtables) and working sessions (panels and papers).

On Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th, the Conference will host an international Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion, organized in cooperation with ICLARS – International Consortium for Law & Religion Studies.

In the location of the event, a display space reserved for publishers will be set up. Publishers are invited to organize book presentations with authors and to advertise their participation on their websites and in newsletters in order to draw public attention to their works and encourage attendance.

The Call has been recently published on the EuARe website: there you will find all the information you need about the Conference program and your participation (deadlines, registration fees, travel grants and accommodation).

If you wish to contribute to the Conference by convening a panel or applying for a single paper, we remind you that the deadline for proposal submission is Wednesday, December 20th (submission forms can be found here: https://www.europeanacademyofreligion.org/program). Registrations to the Conference, instead, will be open until Friday, February 16th (https://www.europeanacademyofreligion.org/registration). Early rates for registration will be available until December 20th (early bird) and February 16th (regular). After this date only on-site registration will be possible.

We also remind you that, starting this year, the EuARe will be granting memberships. Members will have the benefits of discounted conference rates and will be invited to join and participate in the next General Assembly, which will meet on Tuesday 6th of March. The Call will also give you more detailed information about the membership rates and the General Assembly. Membership application forms are available here: https://www.europeanacademyofreligion.org/membership.

Help us spread the word about the Conference, and circulate the Call among your university departments, institutions and societies, colleagues and students.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Bologna!

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The Strangest Bit of Table Talk in Luther’s Kitchen: Accidental Incest

TR 3, S. 502-503-

More Revelations about Moore’s Wife

Weather in Boston for #SblAAr2017 (or #aarsbl2017) (or #sblaar17)… etc

Brr….  I hope those of you who go take a coat.

Evangelicals Will Renounce Roy Moore When A Few Dozen More Women Come Forward

A coalition of conservative evangelicals announced Tuesday they would withdraw support for AL Senate candidate Roy Moore, should at least three or four dozen more women come forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct.

The evangelical leaders confirmed their commitment to turn on Roy Moore the second a fortieth woman accuses him of inappropriate behavior.

“We take sexual assault very seriously, and that’s why we will call for Moore to withdraw as soon as he is reliably accused at least another 30 or 40 times—that would cross a line,” Jerry Falwell, Jr. said in a press conference. “It’s important to make sure you have way more than a paltry five credible claims against a Republican candidate before you expect us to concede.”

“Political power is far too precious for us to let go just over five or six isolated incidents of sexual assault and indiscretions against minors,” he added.

At publishing time, evangelicals had confirmed they would continue to blast Democratic politicians for their slightest foibles.

Yeah, pretty much.

Quote of the Day

Those of you who have the audacity to demand I defend Roy Moore for the sake of his Senate seat – your soul may be for sale, but mine is not. – Meghan McCain

Another Day in the Good ‘Ole USA…

 @SkyNewsBreak  — Authorities in the U.S. say at least five people including the gunman have been killed and at least seven people have been admitted to hospital after a shooting at a school in northern California

Oh Please, Just Stop It

Dr Michael Banner, Dean of Trinity College Chapel at the University of Cambridge, said the inclusive approach adopted by the CofE had a biblical approach.

Maybe they mean ‘basis’, because ‘approach’ makes no sense.  Anyway-

Delivering the Thought for the Day on the BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme, he said ‘the books of the Bible, from which the church takes its inspiration and teaching, themselves challenge the stereotypes and negative attitudes which have led us to exclude from fellowship those whom we judge outsiders’.

Citing a story from the biblical book of Acts where one of the disciples meets a foreign eunuch, Banner points out the disciples baptised him despite numerous barriers.

‘He is a foreigner, for starters. He is a treasurer, so a man who handles filthy lucre on a daily basis. And surely worst of all, he is a eunuch – and of eunuchs, the book of Deuteronomy decrees, “they may not enter the assembly of the Lord”. As to what he was wearing, the book of Acts is silent, but it could have been a tutu and a tiara since none of this bothers Philip – and Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him,’ he said.

I promise you, he wasn’t wearing either a tutu or a tiara.  Neither would have been the attire of a government official.  ‘It could have been’… No, it couldn’t.

And here’s the quite ignorant bit

‘His baptizing a foreign financier of uncertain gender status, holds out to us an inclusive vision of community – a vision to which schools, Christian schools above all, should surely aspire.’

‘Uncertain gender status’?  What absurdity.  Being a eunuch had NOTHING to do with gender status.  It had to do with keeping guys away from the harem so that any kids born would clearly be born from the monarch’s seed.  Period.  That’s it.  The eunuch wasn’t a transgender person.  He wasn’t a gay rights activist.  He wasn’t a representative of the ancient LGBTQIA mnop movement.  He was a guy with his bits cut off so he couldn’t have children with the womenfolk belonging to the king.

The lengths to which people, even supposedly learned people, will go to haul the Bible in to support their pet agendas is appalling.  And idiotic.  If you aren’t going to be honest with the Bible, leave. It. Alone.

Sweeping plagiarism under the rug

#Bam (as the Millennials say)

The Patrologist

In 2016 the sad news emerged that three commentaries written by Peter O’Brien, a respected New Testament scholar, had been pulled following an investigation finding them guilty of plagiarism. See Eerdmans’ post here.

Sad, because it’s clear to all who know him that Peter is indeed a formidable scholar and gracious Christian person, and this is a major academic transgression. But it was not treated as such. It was quietly ‘dealt with’. The books were pulled, a few people made some mutterings about how it was indeed possible to ‘unintentionally’ plagiarise, especially in the realm of commentary writing, and everyone ‘moved on’.

(No one who has taken notes ought to find it difficult to believe that poor note-taking practice could lead to unintentional plagiarism, but this is merely to understand the fault, not to excuse it)

More recently, and with much, much less attention, Andreas Köstenberger’s Baker commentary on…

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For the Facebookers

There’s a new facebook group for nearly everything even remotely related to biblical studies and all adjacent disciplines and sub-disciplines: Academic Biblical, Archaeological, Jewish, Christian, and Related Studies.

Congress is Jam Packed With Reprobates

CNN reports

Be extra careful of the male lawmakers who sleep in their offices — they can be trouble. Avoid finding yourself alone with a congressman or senator in elevators, late-night meetings or events where alcohol is flowing. And think twice before speaking out about sexual harassment from a boss — it could cost you your career.

These are a few of the unwritten rules that some female lawmakers, staff and interns say they follow on Capitol Hill, where they say harassment and coercion is pervasive on both sides of the rotunda.

There is also the “creep list” — an informal roster passed along by word-of-mouth, consisting of the male members most notorious for inappropriate behavior, ranging from making sexually suggestive comments or gestures to seeking physical relations with younger employees and interns.

CNN spoke with more than 50 lawmakers, current and former Hill aides and political veterans who have worked in Congress, the majority of whom spoke anonymously to be candid and avoid potential repercussions. With few exceptions, every person said they have personally experienced sexual harassment on the Hill or know of others who have.

What a sick bunch.  Sick and perverse.

Roy Moore’s Wife Posts Letter of Support And Just Two Pastors Want their Names Removed

Here’s the ongoing saga.

Kayla Moore, wife of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, shared a letter on Facebook over the weekend indicating support from more than 50 Alabama pastors. Not all the pastors said they gave permission for their name to be be used on what appears to be a recycled letter from before the GOP primary, however.

Moore’s wife Kayla posted the letter to her Facebook page Sundayafter days of controversy surrounding her husband and allegations he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old in 1979 when he was 32-years-old. Three other women said Moore pursued them as teenagers. The letter was posted before a fifth woman, Beverly Young Nelson, came forward with additional charges Monday.

After the letter was published on AL.com, Tijuanna Adetunji of the Fresh Anointing House of Worship in Montgomery, said she was not contacted about the letter and did not give permission for her name to be used.

“I was not asked about this story or allegations,” Adetunji said.

The letter appears to be a version of one already posted on Moore’s campaign website. That letter, posted prior to the primary, contains all the same wording as below but with three extra paragraphs at the top, including a sentence referencing the Aug. 15 vote.

Pastor Thad Endicott said he was not contacted about the most recent post from Kayla Moore.

“The list that has recently circulated was evidently copied and pasted from the August endorsements without checking to see if I still endorsed Moore,” said Endicott.

Endicott, pastor at Heritage Baptist Church, asked that his name be removed from the Moore endorsement.

Moore’s campaign did not respond to questions related to the letter or why it was posted with the date and identifying information removed. At least one of the pastors listed as supporting Moore is no longer at the church listed on the letter.

So Moore’s wife is just as disingenuous and manipulative as he is.  Why is it that everyone who identifies themselves as supporters of Donald Trump are willing to be as deceptive and manipulative as necessary to achieve the Trumpian agenda?  What’s wrong with Christians who act this way?  Because there definitely is something wrong with them.

Martin Luther Was Right About The Evil in the World

What he said nearly 500 years ago is just as true today:

When we were children, nothing disturbed us; we ourselves did indeed lead a more peaceful life, but the world has always been the same.

To be sure, it is true that in one era wickedness erupts more than in another, but this happens because different situations and greater opportunities exist for it to erupt; the wickedness of the world, however, always remains the same. Julius Caesar shook up the whole world because he had a great opportunity to do so; if Esau or Absalom had had such an opportunity, they would have done the same thing.

Therefore the evil in the world is always the same. See to it, then, that you have a peaceful and tranquil heart and that you do not get angry when you see this evil. You will never change the world, but see to it that you change into another kind of man.*

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*Luther’s Works, Vol. 15: Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Last Words of David, 2 Samuel 23:1-7 (pp. 117–118.)

When It Comes to People Who Call Themselves Christians, Judge Away!

In my letter, I wrote to you that you should have nothing to do with people living immoral lives.  I was not including everybody in this present world who is sexually immoral, or everybody who is greedy, or dishonest or worships false gods — that would mean you would have to cut yourselves off completely from the world.   In fact what I meant was that you were not to have anything to do with anyone going by the name of brother who is sexually immoral, or is greedy, or worships false gods, or is a slanderer or a drunkard or dishonest; never even have a meal with anybody of that kind.  It is no concern of mine to judge outsiders. It is for you to judge those who are inside, is it not?  But outsiders are for God to judge. You must banish this evil-doer from among you (1 Cor. 5:9-13).  — St Paul

You got it, brother.  You got it…

The Anniversary of Regula Zwingli’s Death

Zwingli's family tree

Zwingli’s family tree

Regula, the eldest daughter [of Huldrych Zwingli], born in 1525, who is said to have been the image of her mother, married on August 3, 1541, when in her seventeenth year, Bullinger’s foster-son, Rudolf Gualther, a brilliant man, born in Zurich, November 9, 1519; studied at Basel, Strassburg, Lausanne, and Marburg, and in 1542 became pastor of St. Peter’s in Zurich, and so remained the rest of his life. In 1547 he brought out the first edition of Zwingli’s works, himself translating into Latin all the hitherto untranslated German treatises. He succeeded Bullinger in the office of chief city pastor in 1575. After Regula died of the plague (November 14, 1565), he married Anna, daughter of Thomas Blarer, formerly burgomaster of Constance, Gualther died December 25, 1586. With Zwingli’s son Ulrich the male line of the Reformer died out.  —  Samuel Macauley Jackson.

Lest we forget.

As You Head off to SBL…

bs-carnival1Be sure to send along blogposts which have to do with it.  Before, during, and after, for inclusion in the Carnival (which happens to be the official one this month).