Daily Archives: 6 Sep 2018

Scripture and Theology: Or, Why Most Modern Theology is Crap

If your theology isn’t rooted in Scripture it isn’t theology, it’s philosophy pretending to be theologically minded. But it isn’t. It’s crap.  And the fact that most modern theology isn’t rooted in Scripture is the precise reason that most modern theology is crap.

Are You In Bäretswil?

I’m Definitely Going

I can’t pass up the opportunity to hang out with JB when he’s just a 5 hour drive away.

It’s in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Come on by.

Luther’s Right About That… At Least the Part He Actually Said…

The Lutherans posted this meme:

So of course I had to track down the quote to see if it was right.  And here’s what Luther actually wrote-

… “let us show the Holy Spirit the honor of conceding that He is smarter and wiser than we are with our infantile knowledge, and let us retain this doctrine in its purity in accord with Scripture.” — Martin Luther, Luther’s Works, Vol. 24: Sermons on the Gospel of St. John: Chapters 14-16, pp. 109–110.

The rest of the quote cannot be located (which means I suspect it is spurious).

When a Leader Departs From God, They May Be Disregarded

So soon as rulers do lead us away from the obedience of God, because they strive against God with sacrilegious boldness, their pride must be abated, that God may be above all in authority. Then all smokes of honour vanish away. For God doth not vouchsafe to bestow honourable titles upon men, to the end they may darken his glory.

Therefore, if a father, being not content with his own estate, do essay to take from God the chief honour of a father, he is nothing else but a man. If a king, or ruler, or magistrate, do become so lofty that he diminisheth the honour and authority of God, he is but a man.   —  John Calvin

Signs of the Times – #JustDoIt

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Follow Along With #bntc2018

And keep up with the doings of the 2018 British New Testament Society annual conference using the above hashtag.  It’s going on in London right now.

The Beauty of Holiness: Re-Reading Isaiah in the Light of the Psalms

I love Joe Blenkinsopp.  I’m getting a copy of this book.

Joseph Blenkinsopp presents an intertextual reading of Isaiah and the Psalms furthering his previous well-known work on the text of Isaiah. Blenkinsopp argues that, read together, these two biblical books can be shown to form a single religious vision, a way of experiencing and articulating a commitment to the fundamentals of the faith of Israel, with its own distinctive character. 

Blenkinsopp shows how the emphasis in Isaiah and the Psalms is on affect and emotion, the expression of joy and sorrow articulated in music, singing, and dancing; in praise, thanksgiving and lament. This represents a key difference from other parts of the Hebrew Bible where the focus is more on the Law and on the covenant at Sinai – in Isaiah and the Psalms these terms rarely occur, the focus is instead on Zion and on the Temple. Blenkinsopp shows how the temple singers, with their close connections with the circles which transmitted and eventually committed to writing the Book of Isaiah, demonstrate that the divine word is not incompatible with other forms of religious experience and expression, affective and even mystical, articulated and embodied in the performance of music, song, ritual prayer, and dance. The beauty of the Psalms is echoed strongly in Isaiah, and the Isaian vision of a Creator God, Lord of nature and history beyond the bounds of Israel, is joyfully proclaimed by the psalmists.

I’ve never read anything Joe has written that I didn’t enjoy thoroughly and learn a lot from.  I expect this will be the same.

Planning IOSCS/ IOSOT 2019

From Marieke Dhont

The planning of the 2019 IOSCS conference is in full swing!  The conference will take place in Aberdeen, UK from August 5–8, 2019. It will run conjointly with the IOSOT conference, but care is taken to avoid overlap with the IOSOT plenary sessions.  An IOSCS business meeting will take place after the conference, in the late afternoon or early evening of Thursday, August 8.  The call for papers will be circulated within the next few weeks.  We hope to see many of you there!

Mark your calendars.

Quote of the Day

“So then, some were shouting one thing and some another, for the assembly was in confusion and the majority did not know for what reason they had come together.” Acts 19:32

Mobs and majorities have in common that they often lack reason and righteousness. — Jerry Ireland

Heinrich Bullinger: On Aiding the Stranger

We must not only do good to them that are familiar with us, but to them also whom we did never see before, in keeping hospitality for wayfaring strangers, so far as our substance will stretch to maintain it. For if otherwise thy wealth be slender, as that it will do no more but maintain thine own house and family, no parcel of God’s law doth bind or bid thee to distribute to other men the wealth which thou thyself dost need as much or more than they.

It is sufficient for thee to provide that they of thine own household be not a burden to other men’s backs. So then the man, whose wealth is small, is not compelled to spend that little which he hath in doing honour or shewing courtesy to other men: it is enough for him to bear with a valiant heart his own hard hap, and to take heed that his poverty procure him not to offend against right and honesty.

What does Bullinger mean?  If you have the resources, help others.  If you don’t, be sure you maintain your family so as not to be a burden to others so that they can aid the truly needy.

A New Volume on Historical Theology

Find all the details here.

Signs of the Times

A New Exhibition at the British Museum: Search For Dissent

It looks tremendous.