For no one has ever said so little and used so many words to do it.
False: children are the future of the church.
True: Jesus is the Lord of the church, and its future is in his hands.
The action was superb, the acting was superior, the storyline was fantastic and the filming/ locations/ special effects were top notch.
It is VERY easy to see why it has been so widely praised. If you see it, you’ll enjoy it too. You’ll laugh, you’ll delight, you may even get a bit damp in the eyes. And you won’t regret any of it.
In particular, his advice to Emser-
“Transfer your attention from matters of divinity to medicine, that you may at least cure your gout, since [you are] naturally less fitted for sacred letters than for anything else. Farewell, and may God grant you a good mind.”
That needs to be poster-ized.
Everyone knows his name- his scholarship- and his significance. He was born on the 12th of July in 1906. He died 20 years ago, on 17 February 1998. And he is still worth reading and knowing.
A book recently published of his writings is discussed here and here. When I was a lowly grad student I corresponded with Professor Käsemann and after his death uploaded a photo of his letter to me. And, by the way, no part of that letter or the photo of the letter may be published without my express written permission (as it resides at present, along with other Käsemann correspondence, at Pitts Library, Emory University).
His work will, I think, continue to be very influential because he had something that most academics don’t today: a deep and abiding faith and piety. Like his teacher, Rudolf Bultmann, he was a committed Christian and a committed exegete. The text mattered to him because his faith mattered to him. And while the rabid and ridiculous atheists may see that as a detriment to scholarship, such is hardly the case at all. Involvement deepens engagement, it doesn’t hinder it.
Lest we forget…