Daily Archives: 17 Jul 2018

Luther Gets the Last Word

And I would answer you with this, that you are, both father and son, incorrigible, shameless, and perjuring scoundrels in saying that I have called my most gracious lord “Hanswurst.” Such wurst-tricks require no further answer. Some people probably suppose that you regard my gracious lord as Hanswurst because by God’s (that is, your enemy’s) grace he is strong, plump, and somewhat round. But think what you will, so make in your pants, hang it round your neck, then make a jelly of it and eat it like the vulgar sows and asses you are!*

*Martin Luther, Luther’s Works, Vol. 41: Church and Ministry III, ed. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald, and Helmut T. Lehmann, vol. 41 (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1999), 187.

Where in the World is Chris Tilling Now?

He’s gone to get a tat…

I had no idea he was a Russell Brand fan.

The Bee Scorches Jordan Peterson’s Christian Sycophants

In a joyful ceremony, Christian leaders gathered to grant Jordan Peterson the status of honorary Christian. Though the Canadian professor has never identified as a Christian and does not attend any church, a vote was taken and the decision was made unanimously that Peterson had earned his salvation and could be drafted into heaven by popular vote.

“Most people are saved by grace,” said one of the pastors who presented the award, “Jordan Peterson isn’t most people.”

Though Peterson holds a number of highly controversial views such as that most societal problems are really complicated, men shouldn’t be deadbeats, speech should be free, and that becoming dogmatically ideological stunts intellectual and moral growth, the Christian leaders decided to overlook these grievous sins and still honor him with the award.

Peterson was given a medallion as one of the coordinating pastors led a prayer asking that God grant Peterson salvation through the prayers of those present, whether or not Peterson himself had actually accepted Christ or believed in God. “What do you mean by God?” Peterson asked in the middle of the prayer. “It’s an attempt to box me in, man. I don’t like that.” Peterson’s comments went unaddressed as the prayer continued for his honorary redemption. “Well that’s a thing to pray,” Peterson said. Still he was ignored.

Many went forward to cite the reasons they believed Peterson deserved to be made an honorary Christian. “He’s read and studied more of the Bible than 90% of actual believers,” said one speaker. “He’s given numerous lectures that are straight out of Scripture,” said another, citing the fact that many pastors can’t even pull that off. A number of male youth pastors said they particularly liked that he advocated forcing single women to marry undesirable men, but then were corrected by Peterson himself. “I never said that, man. Get your facts straight.” Other reasons given were that he only uses PG swears, he eats a lot of bacon, and he has “triggered more snowflakes” and been called a far-right Christian hatemonger more times than most Christians will in several lifetimes.

“He’s bolder about his faith than most of us who profess to believe,” the closing speaker said. “To me, this was a no-brainer.”

Peterson was offered communion, then was asked, “So what you’re saying is… by eating of this table you accept the atoning sacrifice and God’s gift of salvation?” Peterson responded, “I didn’t say that, man. You’re putting words in my mouth.”

When asked how Peterson felt about being the first man in history to receive salvation against his will he replied with a long, tortured silence. “That’s a big question, man. It could take years to unpack that,” he finally replied. At publishing time, Peterson still had not responded.

Scathing.  And right on the money.  Christian sycophants of Peterson are acting like pagans.

How Did We Go About Handling the LXX Double-Texts?

More from Will.

Septuaginta: A Reader's Edition


As is well known in the field of Septuagint studies, certain books developed over time into distinct textual forms. That is, in some cases there are what look like two different Greek versions of the same book in the Septuagint corpus. In such cases, the manuscript evidence preserves two textual traditions that are substantially different enough that Rahlfs decided to differentiate them in his edition of the Septuagint.* Since we decided to use Rahlfs-Hanhart as a base text, when it came to producing the Reader’s Edition we had to ask ourselves how we would handle these “double texts,” as they are often called.

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He Molested 4 Girls, And His Wife Knew…

And all she did was ‘pray for his demon to leave him’.

So she was arrested too. As she should have been.

Quote of the Week

Twitter sometimes seems like the polar opposite of the bar in Cheers. Everyone just hates each other except for their pale but acceptable reflections. What a waste of time that kind of engagement is... — John Lyons

Total Depravity: The Murderous Daycare Worker

This is beyond evil.

Quote of the Day

εἰ δὲ ἀλλήλους δάκνετε καὶ κατεσθίετε, βλέπετε μὴ ὑπ᾽ ἀλλήλων ἀναλωθῆτε. – Paul of Tarsus

Zwingli’s Abiding Influence

Here’s just one example of it.

Die geregelte Armenfürsorge in Zürich geht auf Huldrych Zwingli zurück. In Zwinglis Almosenordnung heisst es: «Als erste Massnahme, um die armen Leute von der Gasse wegzubringen, ist als Anfang vorgesehen, dass jeden Tag im Dominikanerkloster … Mus und Brot verteilt [werden soll].» Das Café Yucca ist ein Schauplatz dieses Denkens im heutigen Zürich.

Es ist ein unscheinbarer Ort in einer unscheinbaren Gasse im Zürcher Niederdorf, zwischen Take Aways, Kleiderläden und noblen Cafés. Ein dezentes Leuchtschild weist auf den Namen: Café Yucca, Zürcher Stadtmission. Man könnte ungeachtet dessen, was dieser Ort für eine Geschichte, was er für eine Bedeutung hat für Menschen mit brüchigen Biografien und schwierigen Realitäten, daran vorbeischreiten, zum Seilergraben rauf, oder runter an die Zähringerstrasse. Man kann aber auch die Glastür aufstossen, am Mittag, am Abend, montags bis sonntags, sich von den Gastgebern mit einem Sali und von den Gästen eventuell mit einem Kopfnicken begrüssen lassen.

Das Café Yucca ist an die beliebte Wohnzimmer-Palme angelehnt, aber leitet sich auch von Juca ab. Jugendcafé hiess es in früheren Tagen. Gegründet als Reaktion auf die 68er, in der «Zeit der Halbstarken und Rocker», wie es auf der Website der Stadtmission Zürich heisst, entwickelte sich das Yucca zu einem Treffpunkt für sozial benachteiligte Menschen. Ein paar wenige Jugendliche, die damals das Juca aufsuchten, sind auch heute noch Gäste. Am Mittag ist die Suppe gratis, abends nach 21 Uhr ebenfalls, Konsumationspflicht herrscht keine.

Enjoy the rest.

Call for Papers: The Theology of Dort (1618–1619)

The call and all the details are here.

Today With Bullinger

bullinger93On 17 July, 1532 Heinrich Bullinger gave a speech to the Zurich city council concerning recent events in Baden (on 9-10 July of that same year) where the cantons had discussed entering into an alliance with Charles V and Francis I against the Turkish threat.  Bullinger, on behalf of the Zurich Clergy.  Bullinger reminds them of various connivings of those two monarchs and the disastrous results of Swiss involvement in previous wars involving the French and the Holy Roman Empire, including the battle which moved Zwingli to object to all such military entanglements with foreign lords- Marignano in 1515.

In sum, Bullinger, in the name of the others, advised the Zurich-ers to avoid any war.  Those who signed in agreement were

  • Doctor Heinrich Engelhart
  • Leo Jud
  • Doctor Andreas Karlstadt (!)
  • Erasmus Schmid
  • Konrad Pellikan
  • Theodore Bibliander
  • Heinrich Bullinger

Unfortuntely theologians today are too occupied with appearances on tv mockumentaries to send such notices to governments. If they did, well maybe the world would be different. One thing is for sure, they wouldn’t be so disdained by society for their acceptance of the status quo.

Zwingli, Calvin, and Luther on the Jews: Decidedly Not Three Peas in a Pod

Die Schweizer Reformatoren Ulrich Zwingli und Johannes Calvin seien weniger aggressiv gegenüber Juden gewesen als der deutsche Reformator Martin Luther. Dies teilte Serge Fornerod, Projektleiter Reformationsjubiläum 2017 beim Schweizerischen Evangelischen Kirchenbund (SEK), auf Anfrage von kath.ch mit. Hintergrund ist eine Diskussion in der Evangelischen Kirche Deutschland (EKD) über eine Einbindung von Vertretern des Judentums in das Reformationsgedenken, weil Luther sich sehr verletzend über das Judentum geäussert haben soll.

That’s absolutely right.  Even Melanchthon was very displeased with Luther because of the latter’s anti-Jewish polemic.  Our essayist is also correct to observe

Im Vergleich zu Luther seien die Schweizer Reformatoren Zwingli und besonders Calvin «viel freundlicher zu den Juden gewesen, oder genauer gesagt viel weniger aggressiv», so Fornerod gegenüber kath.ch. Man finde bei ihnen keine Schriften zum Judentum wie bei Luther, was daher komme, dass die Schweizer Reformatoren stärker als Luther durch den Humanismus geprägt worden seien. «Das bedeutete unter anderem, dass man die Texte in der originalen Sprache lesen wollte, und dem ‘Alten’ Testament genauso die Qualität des ‘Gottes-Wortes’ gab wie dem Neuen Testament.»

Laut einem Lexikonartikel über Zwinglis Haltung gegenüber dem Judentum auf der Homepage der reformierten Kirche des Kantons Zürich ging Luther «offenbar ganz traditionell davon aus, dass die Kirche das Judentum als auserwähltes Volk ersetzt habe.» Zwingli sei dieser Tradition nicht gefolgt.

It’s a better essay than most on the subject.  Give it a read.