Daily Archives: 18 Jan 2019

The American Injustice System Strikes Again

A Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office deputy resigned last year after it was discovered that he was under criminal investigation by the Venice Police Department for allegedly molesting a 15-year-old girl, the Herald-Tribune has learned.

Jacob D. Pond, 26, was hired by the Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 4, 2017. Six days later — Dec. 10, the day the incident allegedly took place — Venice police investigators notified the Sheriff’s Office about the case. “They (Venice Police) started an investigation,” said Chief Deputy Col. Kurt Hoffman. “That’s how we become aware of it — after he was hired. He passed the pre-employment (background check).”

According to internal affairs reports, the victim stayed overnight at Pond’s home with her mother, Pond’s girlfriend. The victim told investigators she awoke to find Pond masturbating while touching her leg and buttocks. Pond was working in the jail with a training officer when the allegations were received by the Sheriff’s Office. He was placed on paid leave Jan. 30, 2018 — almost two months later — while investigators started an internal investigation.

The deputy asked for a polygraph test to “clear his name,” according to internal affairs reports. But during the pre-polygraph interview, Pond allegedly confessed to the allegations and resigned before taking the polygraph test on Feb. 12, 2018. During a sworn, audiotaped interview, Pond first denied the allegations, but he later told detectives it “could be possible” he didn’t remember what happened the night of the incident. According to internal affairs reports, Pond told investigators he wasn’t truthful because he was trying to convince himself he didn’t commit the act.

Is he going to prison?  Nope.  Is he getting paid to leave the force?  Yup.


In case you haven’t seen this yet…

Quote of the Day

Via twitter-

“… he is ignorant with the kind of ignorance that is closer to madness than a lack of education”   (ἀγνοεῖ ἄγνοιαν ἁρμόζουσαν μανίῃ μᾶλλον ἢ ἀμαθίῃ)  #Hippocrates

The First of Three Posts at the Christian History Institute

The first installment by yours truly appeared today.  The next two will appear on the next two Fridays.  I hope you enjoy them.

Septuagint Summer School

From the IOSCS

The 2019 Septuagint Summer Course, organized by Trinity Western and the John William Wevers Institute for Septuagint Studies, has been announced! From June 24-28, 2019, Dr John Screnock (University of Oxford) will be teaching on “The Septuagint, Translation and Jewish Scribalism.” Fortunately for those abroad, video live-streaming will be made available! For more info and registration, see attached!

The ‘Border Security’ Cry is a Ruse

The Senate GOP blocks bill to reopen Department of Homeland Security hill.cm/hWJybqb

What this means is that they have no concern for border security.  It’s all a ruse by Trump and McConnell to keep hurting Americans, serve Putin, and distract from the crimes committed by Trump and his campaign.

The Zwingli Film Reviewed

This is, so far as I know, the first review of the film, which just came out yesterday:

Schon lange nicht mehr wurde für einen Schweizer Film so stark die Werbetrommel gerührt wie für den neuen Zwingli-Film (Kino-Start am 17.1.2019). Klar, dass auch ich gespannt war auf den Film. Seit mehr als dreissig Jahren unterrichte ich Kirchen- und Täufergeschichte. Seit mehr als dreissig Jahren bin ich selber gleichzeitig fasziniert und irritiert über die Dynamiken, die sich in der Reformation entfaltet und die Jahrhunderte danach geprägt haben. Seit mehr als dreissig Jahren bin ich selber involviert in Gespräche in Kirchen und zwischen Kirchen, die historisch auf die Reformationszeit zurückgehen. Seit mehr als dreissig Jahren tue ich dies als Mitglied einer täuferisch-mennonitischen Kirche, deren Anfänge viel mit Zwingli zu tun haben – und deren weitere Geschichte stark von Verfolgung und Repression geprägt ist.

Klar also, dass auch ich gespannt war auf den Film.

Etc.  I don’t know how accurate the review is- but I’ll let you know my take in a few weeks when I see it in Zurich.

The Council of Trent: Reform and Controversy in Europe and Beyond (1545-1700)

Exactly 450 years after the solemn closure of the Council of Trent on 4 December 1563, scholars from diverse regional, disciplinary and confessional backgrounds convened in Leuven to reflect upon the impact of this Council, not only in Europe but also beyond. Their conclusions are to be found in these three impressive volumes. Bridging different generations of scholarship, the authors reassess in a first volume Tridentine views on the Bible, theology and liturgy, as well as their reception by Protestants, deconstructing many myths surviving in scholarship and society alike. They also deal with the mechanisms ‘Rome’ developed to hold a grip on the Council’s implementation. The second volume analyzes the changes in local ecclesiastical life, initiated by bishops, orders and congregations, and the political strife and confessionalisation accompanying this reform process. The third and final volume examines the afterlife of Trent in arts and music, as well as in the global impact of Trent through missions.

All the details of the volume can be found here.   Just click the Leseprobe tab.  There you will find the table of contents, etc., so that those materials won’t be repeated here.

Readers of book reviews generally want to know what the book under consideration contain (and thanks to the internet, that information is now generally available on the publisher’s website) and, more importantly, if it’s worth buying or recommending to their library or even checking out from their lending source.

Further, potential readers of the book want to know if there are problems with it.  If it fails to meet the reader’s needs or doesn’t deliver the advertised scholarship then the review it receives should reflect those facts.  If, however, it meets expectations or surpasses them, it receives a more positive review.

This book meets expectations.  And it is the first of a planned three in the series.  Volume two will take in hand the Bishops and Princes along with Church and Politics.  And volume three will turn our attention to Art and Music followed by Global Catholicism.

But I’ve gotten ahead of myself a bit and wish to return to consideration of the present volume.  It’s highlight, for me, is the chapter titled Trent and the Latin Vulgate: A Louvain Project?  This really amazing piece traces the incredible significance of the Louvain-ers in the production and promulgation of the biblical text that would be chosen as THE Catholic Bible.   Seldom does one encounter such carefully reconstructed historical detail.  Text critics and students of the history of the Vulgate will benefit immensely from reading this essay.

Equally enjoyable is G. Frank’s essay on Melanchthon and Trent.  Perhaps because I enjoy Melanchthon so much or perhaps because Frank is such a clear writer.

Not, strictly speaking, a theological essay but rather a historical one is Sachet’s “Privilege of Rome: The Catholic Church’s Attempt to Control the Printed Legacy of the Council of Trent”.  The attempts of Rome to control the narrative about Trent by controlling what was published of and from it is extremely intriguing.  The Church of Rome has always manifested a fairly high level of control.  This essay shows how that mentality worked itself out in the wake of Trent.

Enjoyable too is the essay by John O’Malley on Trent and Vatican II.  Here he shows that in spite of the major differences between the two Councils, they share some amazing similarities.  ‘They nicely illustrate the paradox of history’, opines O’Malley in the closing paragraphs.  I will let readers discover for themselves the surprise in store.

I think this is a very fine collection of essays and if volumes two and three are as excellent, then this series will become standard fare for historians of the Catholic Church.  I am happy to recommend it to your personal library and to your research library.  It fills an important gap in that it goes into greater detail on the issues of the Council of Trent than more general treatments and histories do.

Where the general textbooks scratch the surface, this volume bores into the bone.

The Unitarian Universalist ‘Church’ in Oak Ridge

Is advertising, on its sign, their 11:15 a.m. Sunday morning ‘service’.  It’s a yoga class.  No kidding.  A yoga class.  Why do they even perpetuate the pretense of being a Church.  Why don’t they just honestly admit that they’re a social club with no ties at all to authentic Christian faith.

An Interview with Robert Alter

In Ha’aretz.

Quote of the Day

robertsonThe preacher ought to be the greatest man in the world for he has to deal with the greatest problems of life and death. – A.T. Robertson