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Signs of the Times

Careless Theologians Are Worthless Theologians

If theologians aren’t careful in the words they use they can cause all manner of false teaching to abound. know words and use words in a proper manner or don’t do theology.  Please.  Thank you.

Let Zwingli Take you On a Tour of Zurich

Huldrych Zwingli persönlich nimmt uns mit auf eine Reise ins Zürich des 16. Jahrhunderts und in seine Gedankenwelt, die heute noch sichtlich nachwirkt. App herunterladen und los geht’s!

Die BUX App lädt dazu ein, Zürichs Kulturschauplätze multimedial zu erleben. Tour-Guides sind dabei Persönlichkeiten aus Literatur und Kultur. Von Hugo Ball über Max Frisch bis hin zu Laura de Weck geben sie Einblick in ihr persönliches Zürich. Anlässlich des Reformationsjubiläums wurde eine neue Tour entwickelt. Die App führt via GPS-Signal auf eine Zeitreise in die Jahre zwischen 1519 und 1531, als Huldrych Zwingli eine Stadt und eine Religion durch seine kritischen und innovativen Ideen nachhaltig verändert hat. Wir hören fünf Protestbotschaften, die Zwingli persönlich an uns richtet und erleben die Transformation dieser Gedanken in die heutige Zeit. Auf der Tour begegnen wir dem ehemaligen Bundesrat Moritz Leuenberger, der Prorektorin der Universität Zürich Gabriele Siegert, der Poetry Slammerin Olga Lakritz und anderen spannenden Persönlichkeiten.

Zum kostenlosen Download der App für iOS geht es hier.


My Heart is Strangely Warmed…

When 20 something’s critique Luther….

Who says Luther has to say everything at once?  Or who could themselves do it?

Early Sessions of the Synod of Dordt, Bd. II/2

The publisher provided a review copy, some months back which I have enjoyed reading tremendously.  All 950+ pages.

This volume is a part of a tremendously important series of volumes being published over the course of the next several years which will become the standard for research for decades to come: Acta et Documenta Synodi Nationalis Dordrechtanae (1618–1619).(ADSND), A Project of the Johannes A Lasco Bibliothek Emden.

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.

At the link above the reader can find the table of contents for this work, so please do take a look at it before continuing reading the review below.

As is the case with all collections of primary sources, this volume proffers something extremely important for research: first hand material.  Such a work demands incredible devotion and meticulous care on the part of minor and major editors.  And when done properly, is literally indispensable.  Selderhuis, Moser and the others who worked very hard to make this volume happen are owed a debt of gratitude by all of us.

The materials here collected are composed in Latin, Dutch, English and French- depending on the place of origin and the purpose of the text.  English introductions are provided for every primary source and these introductions give readers critical information regarding the date of the document, the textual source of the document, collated sources for the document, and the editor of the document for the present edition.  As well, a brief history of the Synod of Dort is composed by Donald Sinnema and Christian Moser gives readers an overview of the volumes which will be found in the series of which this volume is part.  Footnotes are kept to a minimum and normally focus on important textual variants and historical notices.  Certain documents are also summarized, in English, for the benefit of the reader.

At the volume’s close there are a series of indices including names, scriptures, manuscripts, subjects and contributors.  Additionally, the index of names also offers a one sentence bio of the persons named.

The meat of the volume is historical documents related to the Synod at Dort.  To be precise, there are 298 historical documents covering everything from the credentials of those in attendance at the Synod to the Sermons preached at the Synod to the statements of various participants at the Synod and all manner of letters written about the Synod from those in attendance.

And what a slab of meat it is.  There is so much of interest between the outer covers of this book.  Reading the statements, sermons, letters, and other documents transport readers to the gallery of the Synod and indeed to the debate floor itself.  It’s no exaggeration to say that this book is exciting in that it excites a desire for further details about the Synod and awakens a desire for the forthcoming volumes in the series to appear now, today, without delay.

The Harry Potter series is popular because it leads readers to escape their own reality.  The Synod of Dort volume at hand is thrilling because it connects readers to real history.  As events unfolding.  Allowing us to be there in a very real sense.  In a sense that can never be true of fantasy works because those works are simply make believe.  Real history is always more engaging than pretend history because truth, as we all know is stranger than fiction.  It’s also more enthralling.

My New Podcast, ‘Silence’, is Getting a Lot of Buzz…

What Wright Says He Knows vs. What He Actually Knows…

Ken Ammi investigates the Sons of Gods: Are they Angels or Not?

A book that isn’t nuts on an odd passage… who knew…

Remnant of Giants

Writing in 2000, Loren Stuckenbruck noted “an increasing number of [scholarly] publications” in the previous 25 years which dealt with late-Second Temple Jewish literature on the Watchers, fallen angels, Nephilim, giants, and demons. What Stuckenbruck might not have anticipated was the subsequent explosion in non-scholarly publications on these same intriguing figures. Non-scholarly publications range from studies by eager amateurs, to investigations of alleged conspiracy theories involving Nephilim, aliens, single-world-governments,  ancient mythologies, and DNA manipulation, to fictional novels (especially those featuring Nephilim and evil plots to gain power in the world).

Ken Ammi’s recent book,  On the Genesis 6 Affair’s Sons of GodAngels Or Not? A Survey of Early Jewish and Christian Commentaries Including Notes on Giants and the Nephilim (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, September 2017) falls into the first of these categories.

Ammi is an amateur investigator not only of Sons of God and the Nephilim, but of a…

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