Daily Archives: 4 Mar 2019

Denouncing Sin isn’t Antisemitism

If speaking out against Israel and the wrongs it commits is evil and antisemitic (as some pretend) then Israel has a serious problem with its own prophets because Jeremiah and Ezekiel and Amos and all the rest lambast it.

The SCS Smackdown, Parts Two and Three

So last week the remarks of a Classicist- Mary Frances Williams- were published in an essay here.  Evidently at a society meeting in San Diego someone said something that someone took umbrage with and a whole series of recriminations were forthcoming.  Now Sarah Bond has replied and so has the Society.

I have no idea what was actually said at the meeting that has so infuriated people (though if it’s the simple use of the term ‘western civilization’, we are all indeed doomed), but people are riled up.

I liked it when classicists were boring like math teachers.  Maybe they will be again, if we can get political posturing and political correctness and very, very hair trigger reactions out of academic meetings and return to the good old days of people saying what they felt like saying without being damned to hell for doing it.

And no, I don’t mean saying terrible things.  I mean saying scholarly things with academic freedom instead of abiding as we now do under the terror and tyranny of special interest fearfulness.

If You Can Lure them in With Booze, Someone Can Lure Them Out With Burgers

This is the absurd state of the pretend ‘church’ so popular amongst the theologically bereft and biblically ignorant.

“Christian” churches in the U.S. have been turning to unorthodox means such as concerts, sports, movies, and other entertainment, as a way of getting people to attend for some time. But now there are also “brewery churches.” One is called Castle Church who describes itself as a community church that is “Orlando’s newest premier destination brewery.”

The church says that while beer is its passion, they also make it clear “as a spiritual community, we exist for people first.” It’s reported that perhaps it should come as no surprise that the first known congregation founded expressly as a “brewery church” is a Lutheran outpost, part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and its Florida-Bahamas Synod.

Since they say that Martin Luther, the famed 16th-century rebel monk and Protestant Reformer, is known to have had a penchant for a palatable pint of beer. They even say he once exclaimed, “Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep; whoever sleeps long, does not sin; whoever does not sin, enters Heaven! Thus, let us drink beer!” With a church development grant from the Florida-Bahamas Synod and other fundraising, they secured a spot for their brewery church in a diverse neighborhood near Orlando’s airport.

Since opening, the community has about 50 meeting each Sunday for worship in the brewery’s beer garden, using apps on their smartphones in lieu of hymnals, and then afterwards enjoy some frothy fellowship. One worshiper said “there’s no beer during the service, but people hang out and eat snacks together and enjoy a beer and get to know one another over a cold one.”

If these people owned a Bible they’d be able to read what it says about lowbrowed manipulation-

We have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. (2 Cor. 4:2)

Something Else to Skip

Jesus: His Life.  As related by the people who knew him best.  Like Mary Magdalene, Judas, Caiaphas, and others (who left no written record and whose representations will be 100% speculation).  But History long ago abandoned the pretense of actually airing historically reliable programming.  Now it’s all about sensationalizing.

(Though to be fair there are a few talking heads that are respectable and reliable: Nicola Denzey Lewis, Mark Goodacre, Candida Moss and Annette Yoshiko Reed.  I wonder if we can get an expurgated airing that only has those four on it.  I’d watch that).


It doesn’t look like ‘Jesus’.  It looks more like someone on Dancing With the Stars.  But I guess when people don’t see Jesus in their neighbor they have to see him where he isn’t.

Just Because I Like It


Saladin died March 4, 1193, by far the most famous of the foes of the Crusaders. — Philip Schaff

The more you know…

The Love of God

With that which we call the love of God, we love God entirely well; we cleave to God as the only, chief, and eternal goodness; in him we do delight ourselves and are well pleased; and frame ourselves to his will and pleasure, having evermore a regard and desire of him that we love.  — Heinrich Bullinger