Do not make friends with one who gives way to anger, make no one quick-tempered a companion of yours, for fear you learn such behaviour and in it find a snare for yourself. – (Prov. 22:24-25)
Daily Archives: 10 Feb 2018
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isa. 5:20)
And woe to those who call evil politicians good and who pander to them simply for the sake of power or publicity or both.
- It is presumptuous for people who are as ignorant as you are not to take up the work of a herdsman.
- You are the ultimate scourges of the world, the Antichrist together with your sophists and bishops.
- Here now, you ass, with your long donkey ears and accursed liar’s mouth!
- If you who are assembled in a council are so frivolous and irresponsible as to waste time and money on unnecessary questions, when it is the business of a council to deal only with the important and necessary matters, we should not only refuse to obey you, but consider you insane or criminals.
- As far as I have been able to see and hear, you have no argument but high-sounding words of sacrilege. Everyone ought properly to shun and avoid you as messengers of none other than the devil.
- You are desperate, thorough arch-rascals, murderers, traitors, liars, the very scum of all the most evil people on earth. You are full of all the worst devils in hell – full, full, and so full that you can do nothing but vomit, throw, and blow out devils [from your a**]!
I could go on. For hours. If ad hominem bothers you, precious snowflake, never ever read Luther.
John Eck died on February 10, 1543. Geoff Bromily writes
Born as Johann Mayr (or Maier) at Eck (Egg) in Swabia, he studied at Heidelberg, Tübingen, and Freiburg. In 1510 he joined the faculty at Ingolstadt and in his later years served there as vice-chancellor.
Eck publicly defended charging five percent interest on loans—a practice consistently condemned by medieval church authorities. In 1514 that stance earned him favor with the Fuggers, a German banking house to whom the archbishop of Mainz was deeply in debt. Selling indulgences (pardons for sins—a practice attacked by Luther) was the means by which the archbishop could pay his debt.
When Luther issued his Ninety-five Theses (condemnations of abuses in the Roman Catholic Church) in 1517, Eck rebutted in a tract called Obelisks (1518), which evoked from Luther a response entitled Asterisks. A debate was then arranged in Leipzig (1519). Eck, with his fine scholarship and excellent memory, overwhelmed Luther’s advocate Andreas Carlstadt. Eck pressed Luther hard, quoting extensively from Scripture and drawing from him the dangerous admission that some teachings of Jan Hus (a late-fourteenth-century reformer) “are most Christian and evangelical.”
In 1520 Eck delivered a bull (papal edict) against Luther and thereby encountered considerable hostility among German princes sympathetic to Luther’s cause. He continued, nevertheless, to campaign against Luther and defend papal authority as articulated in his work On the Primacy of Peter (1520). At the Diet of Augsburg in 1530, he presented a confutation of the Protestant Augsburg Confession.
Eck’s works include a Roman Catholic translation of the Bible in German published in 1537, three years after Luther’s edition. Eck’s Manual of Commonplaces against Luther (1525), which contained scholarly arguments against reformers Philip Melanchthon and Ulrich Zwingli, went through forty-six editions by 1576.*
*G. Bromiley, “Eck, Johann,” ed. J.D. Douglas and Philip W. Comfort, Who’s Who in Christian History (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 1992), 219–220.
I didn’t know about this bit of fun till I read it on the Center for Renaissance Studies facebook page:
This Day in History: St. Scholastica Day Riot
Fellow students, are you feeling stressed? Try to stay zen…unlike Walter Spryngeheuse and Roger de Chesterfield….
On February 10th, 1355, the above-mentioned friends, students at Oxford University, were having a pint at the Swindlestock Tavern in Oxford when they made the unfortunate decision to complain about the quality of the ale to the taverner, John Croidon. The subsequent altercation, which began with Walter and Roger tossing their drinks in Croidon’s face, turned into a full blown assault.
The Chancellor of the University refused to arrest the two assailants when asked to do so by the mayor of Oxford. Asserting their independence from civil authority (students were under the protection of the church), a mob of students attacked the mayor. Long-harboured tension between “town and gown”, spurred by this assault, resulted in a vicious 2-day long riot between students and townspeople. Locals poured into the academic village, killing scores of students, who retaliated, though unsuccessfully.
The outburst was finally settled in favour of the university, and for the next 470 years, on Saint Scholastica’s Day, the mayor and councillors paraded through Oxford bare-headed and paid a fine for each of the murdered students. Good grief!
Let this be a lesson in anger management, be ye student or otherwise!
This is Umberto Eco’s personal library…
“When the world appears to be aimlessly tumbled about, the Lord is everywhere at work.”
And that is certainly true. God is Lord and he is in control. But the fact remains, when we’re in the tumble it’s sometimes hard to keep our eyes fixed on God. Life, it seems, has a very powerful interest in distracting us from God. The world certainly wishes us to turn our gaze away from God and onto the storm and the tempest so that we can be as miserable as the world is (since misery loves company). But it’s exactly at that moment when life is tumbling us in every conceivable direction that we need to remember that God is truly in control and even, then, in the storm, to be at peace.
The real issue, then, is to find a way to find that peace that ‘passes all understanding’; to find, to borrow a phrase from Calvin,
‘that confidence which never fails’.
And to do that we simply must
“call to mind that the devil, and the whole train of the ungodly, are, in all directions, held in by the hand of God as with a bridle, so that they can neither conceive any mischief, nor plan what they have conceived, nor how much soever they may have planned, move a single finger to perpetrate, unless in so far as he permits, nay, unless in so far as he commands; that they are not only bound by his fetters, but are even forced to do him service,—when the godly think of all these things they have ample sources of consolation.”
God is in control. That truth is the foundation of all consolation and comfort. Without that truth, life makes no sense. With it, everything does.