Daily Archives: 7 Jan 2019

Friends Don’t Let Ignorant Friends Anywhere Near the Bible

Signs of the Times

Oh He’s Read 30 Books… Some of them Several Times….

A guy who reads 30 books is obviously qualified to make important pronouncements about what men and women want out of life… right?

Yes, a bodybuilding steroid driven misogynist who reads 30 books is clearly an expert and deserves to be taken seriously when he tweets:

What a prat.

#SOTS19 – Dinner

Via Viv Rowett, official photog of the conference.

#SOTS19 – The Dining Hall

With thanks to Viv Rowett for the photo!  Fitzwilliam College has gone all out!


Follow the Winter Meeting of the Society for Old Testament Study (meeting this week at Cambridge) at #sots19 on the twitter.

Another Zwingli Film Poster

Dear IRS, Your President Says We Don’t Have to Worry About Paying You!

If you have any questions, take them up with Trump.  Sincerely, America.

The First Anabaptist To Face Execution

On this day in 1527 the notorious Felix Manz was taken to the lake, in Zurich, and dropped to the bottom.  It was the government’s way of saying ‘alright, if you want water, we’ll give you water Felix’.  The deed was recorded in art-


That’s Mr Manz, being put in the boat- chained.  The decision of the Council was reached after a good deal of debate, and a good deal of pleading from Zwingli to Manz that he amend his ways before the government took matters into its own hands.

There’s an interesting historical footnote to the affair here, which you ought to read.  It has to do with an apology by the authorities of Zurich in 2004 given to the descendants of the Anabaptists for their poor treatment.

There’s also a very fine essay by Gottfried Locher in Zwingliana titled Felix Manz’ Abschiedsworte an seine Mitbrüder vor der Hinrichtung 1527: Spiritualität und Theologie. Die Echtheit des Liedes «Bey Christo will ich bleiben».‘  Enjoy.

Happy 80th, Thomas Thompson

thompsonToday is Tom Thompson’s 80th birthday.  Happy Day to you, Thomas!

Fun Facts From Church History: Calvin’s Family, too, Had its Warts

The wife of [Calvin’s] beloved brother, Antoine, long suspected of unworthy conduct, was charged with adultery committed with Calvin’s hunchbacked secretary-servant, Pierre Dagnet, while all were inhabiting Calvin’s house. On January 7, 1557, Calvin and his brother laid the case before the Consistory, by which it was referred to the Little Council. On February 16th, the crime having been proved, the Little Council gave Antoine a divorce and ordered his former wife to leave the city.

The scandal and the chagrin of the reformer were great; but the case seems to have been aggravated. It gave to his enemies, however, an annoying point of attack, especially when Antoine Calvin shocked Roman Catholic feeling by marrying again in 1560.

Nor was this the only trial occasioned by those of his own household and circle that Calvin was to experience. In 1562, his step-daughter, Judith, fell into similar disgrace,—a matter which Calvin felt so keenly that he left the city to seek the solitude of the country for a few days after the misdeed became public knowledge.*

See, you aren’t the only one with messed up relatives…

*Williston Walker, John Calvin: The Organiser of Reformed Protestantism (New York; London: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1906), 357–358.