Daily Archives: 19 Mar 2019

More Pentebabbleist Nutbaggery: Gloria Copeland Says Jesus Got Immunized, so You Don’t Have To…

Where do these loons come up with this rubbish?  And who is stupid enough to believe them?

Gloria Copeland told her viewers that they won’t catch the flu, because “Jesus himself gave us the flu shot”. Televangelist Gloria Copeland told her viewers this week not to worry about catching the flu. Why? Because Jesus provided his followers with a metaphorical flu shot that will protect them during this particularly dangerous flu season.

Via Milton Almeida.

A New Critical Approach to the History of Palestine

It’s an exceptional volume and it sets the stage for an exceptional series.

A New Critical Approach to the History of Palestine offers a comprehensive, evidence-based history of Palestine with a critical use of recent historical, archaeological and anthropological methods. This history is not an exclusive history, but one that is ethnically and culturally inclusive, a history of and for all peoples who have lived in Palestine. After an introductory essay offering a strategy for creating coherence and continuity from the earliest beginnings to the present, the volume presents twenty articles from 22 contributors, 16 of whom are of Middle Eastern origin or relation.

Split thematically into four parts, the volume discusses ideology, national identity and chronology in various historiographies of Palestine and the legacy of memory and oral history; the transient character of ethnicity in Palestine, and questions regarding the ethical responsibilities of archaeologists and historians to protect the multi-ethnic cultural heritage of Palestine; landscape and memory, and the values of community archaeology and bio-archaeology; and an exploration of the “ideology of the land” and its influence on Palestine’s history and heritage.

The first in a series of books under the auspices of the Palestine History and Heritage Project (PaHH), the volume offers a challenging new departure for writing the history of Palestine and Israel throughout the ages. A New Critical Approach to the History of Palestine explores the diverse history of the region against the backdrop of twentieth century scholarly construction of the history of Palestine as a history of a Jewish homeland, with roots in an ancient, biblical Israel, and examines the implications of this ancient and recent history for archaeology and cultural heritage. The book offers a fascinating new perspective for students and academics in the fields of anthropological, political, cultural and biblical history.

I read an early draft, and like it very much.

Truth Abiding

They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us. (1 Jn. 2:19)

Yet Another Declaration That ‘The Church is Dying But I Can Revive It’, Take 454

Nope.  And nope.

That same heresy was floating around when Montanus convinced a couple of rich women to support his spiritualism and he sucked in even the likes of the great Tertullian.

It came to nothing then too.

(I wish people would read church history before they peddle their ‘new fad’.  If they did, they’d know that there was nothing new under the sun and that the old heresies have all come and come but the Church remains).

Part Time Christianity isn’t Christianity

If you’re one of the many Americans who call themselves Christians, but you can pick it up and put it on on Sunday and drop it off on Monday morning, or at the voting booth, or at the grocery store, or at the Doctor’s office, or at your job in city hall, or anywhere else, then you need to hear the truth: you aren’t a Christian.

Christianity can’t be taken off and put back on.  It is permanent.  If it isn’t, it isn’t authentic faith.  If you aren’t a Christian all of the time, if your faith doesn’t guide your every moment (even if you fail to live up to it in certain moments), then it isn’t real faith.

You’re fooling yourself, or lying to yourself, if you’ve managed to get to the point in your life where you think otherwise.

Signs of the Times

I Have to Confess…

Teaching this course on the first 600 years of the Church is a blast.  I haven’t thought about the Fathers for decades so revisiting them has been terribly and surprisingly enjoyable.  I still love Jerome most and think the rest are pretty heretical, but it really is a delight working through them again.

The moral of the story- teach courses you may not want to teach at first blush and you may discover a certain enjoyment in it.

Joel Osteen’s Most Honest Book

Care for the Foreigner

‘You must not infringe the rights of the foreigner or the orphan; you must not take a widow’s clothes in pledge.  Remember that you were once a slave in Egypt and that Yahweh your God redeemed you from that. That is why I am giving you this order.  ‘If, when reaping the harvest in your field, you overlook a sheaf in that field, do not go back for it. The foreigner, the orphan and the widow shall have it, so that Yahweh your God may bless you in all your undertakings.  ‘When you beat your olive tree, you must not go over the branches twice. The foreigner, the orphan and the widow shall have the rest.  ‘When you harvest your vineyard, you must not pick it over a second time. The foreigner, the orphan and the widow shall have the rest.  ‘Remember that you were once a slave in Egypt. That is why I am giving you this order.’ (Deut. 24:17-22)

Quote of the Day

True peace is had in God and not in one’s passions, which boil in constant turmoil like the waters of a tumultuous sea.  –  Huldrych Zwingli