Daily Archives: 1 Jun 2018

There’s Trouble at Catholic University of America

An unofficial group of faculty at the Catholic University of America has voted to declare “no confidence” in the school’s president and provost, adding another dramatic chapter to a simmering dispute over cost-cutting efforts and other issues at the 131-year old institution.

According to documentation provided to Religion News Service, 65 members of an independent group of CUA educators called the Faculty Assembly voted by secret ballot early this week to express no confidence in their president, John Garvey, by a vote of 62-0, with 1 abstention. They also voted to express no confidence in provost Andrew Abela by a vote of 63-0, with 2 abstentions.

Read the rest.  Shocking.


If Calvin were alive this blasphemous wretch would be a pile of ash.

Signs of the Times

Total Depravity: The Self Admitted Pedophile Running for Congress in Virginia

Virginia, don’t you DARE elect this vile miscreant–  if you do, we should remove you from the Union.

Nathan Larson, a 37-year-old accountant from Charlottesville, Virginia, is running for Congress as an independent candidate in his native state. He is also a pedophile, as he admitted to HuffPost on Thursday, who has bragged in website posts about raping his late ex-wife.

In a phone call, Larson confirmed that he created the now-defunct websites suiped.org and incelocalypse.today ― chat rooms that served as gathering places for pedophiles and violence-minded misogynists like himself. HuffPost contacted Larson after confirming that his campaign website shared an IP address with these forums, among others. His sites were terminated by their domain host on Tuesday.

On the phone, he was open about his pedophilia and seemingly unfazed about his long odds of attaining government office.

“A lot of people are tired of political correctness and being constrained by it,” he said. “People prefer when there’s an outsider who doesn’t have anything to lose and is willing to say what’s on a lot of people’s minds.”

When asked whether he’s a pedophile or just writes about pedophilia, he said, “It’s a mix of both. When people go over the top there’s a grain of truth to what they say.”

Asked whether there was a “grain of truth” in his essay about father-daughter incest and another about raping his ex-wife repeatedly, he said yes, offering that plenty of women have rape fantasies.

Philip Davies’ Last Book: The Bible for the Curious A Brief Encounter

It seems very fitting to me that the final book that Philip will have published is an introduction to the whole Bible.  I read through the manuscript, sent along a few suggestions which he wisely ignored, and am so very pleased with the work that I am literally compelled to mention it on this the saddest of days.

It’s- seriously- a book you will want to read.

This book is for anyone curious about the Bible: what it is, and what modern research reveals about it. Unlike most textbooks, it has no footnotes, avoids technical discussion as much as possible, and makes no assumptions about religious belief. Its aim is to introduce the contents a way that engages readers critically, and to persuade them that in a modern secular society this collection of ancient writings can still contribute to the way we think about history, philosophy and politics. It is a challenge to both those who regard it as ‘word of God’ and those who dismiss it as obsolete or myth or irrelevant.

Philip Davies’ Funeral

Via Jack Sasson and Thomas Römer-

The funeral will be held in private (only family). Later there will be
a celebration in his memory.  People can write to his wife Birgit Mänz-Davies at birgitmd@gmail.com .

Very Very Sad News: My Dear Friend Philip Davies Has Died

James Crossley writes

Terrible news. Philip Davies died. There will be more details forthcoming. He was a massive presence for me at Sheffield. He was central to the growth of biblical studies at Sheffield, to the development of critical Dead Sea Scrolls studies, to minimalism and the study of ancient Israel (including definitions), to secularism and biblical studies, to the beginnings of serious reception history, to independent publishing and new ideas, and so on. And, of course, he was very very funny. A massive loss to the field.

This is terrible news.  Philip was an authentic genius and we spent hours discussing all manner of things online and in person at SOTS and SBL.  I even had the honor of helping him proof several of his books.

I’m gutted.  I’ll miss my friend.  I love you, brother.

Myself and Philip, in Sheffield

The Logos Free Book of the Month

This is a good one-

BibleWorks Is Closing

If you’re a user of BW then you got an email announcing their decision to cease operations.

Very sad.

Christians and Scripture: An Observation

Scripture carries little to no weight with the vast majority of Christians. Oh sure, they like the parts where they ‘get’ something. But precious few actually listen to the parts that require something of them.

Christians are good at receiving and terrible at giving. Because for most, at the end of the day, what God asks of them really simply horrifyingly does not matter one iota.