Daily Archives: 23 May 2019

Signs of the Times

When You Stock Garbage You Ought to Expect Complaints

They must not have liked my complaints about the theological garbage they carried in their stores. Garbage by Osteen, TD Jakes, Paula White, Oliver North, and Jerry Falwell. Not to mention the dearth of decent bibles and their festooning their shelves with Eric Metaxas junk.

Baptists deserve better than Lifeway offers.


Graham, Barr and McConnell truly are toadies.

Her Kids are Dead Because She Couldn’t Be Bothered with Watching Them

People are so self absorbed.

 The bodies of two young brothers were pulled from a swimming pool in North Lauderdale, Local 10 News reported.

The boys, ages 5 and 6, allegedly hopped a fence and went into a pool at an apartment complex on 50th Avenue. They were found face down in the pool early Thursday morning.

Their mother told CBS Miami neither boy knew how to swim, but the eldest was learning how. She believed her oldest son tried to swim and his younger brother jumped in to save him. She said she was sleeping when her children went into the pool and couldn’t get there fast enough to save them.

“I wasn’t there to save them, but they’re in a better place now. That’s all that matters. I will always miss my babies. They were only five and six, I lost my babies too early,” the tearful mother said.

YOU WERE NAPPING.  That’s why you weren’t there.  You weren’t paying attention to them.

Signs of the Times

Today in Church History

Savonarola met with the same fate as Hus. He, too, was unsparing in his attack on the corruptions of the Church. On May 23, 1498, he was put to the double death of hanging and burning, and his ashes were thrown into the Arno. A slab in the pavement in front of the Palazzo Vecchio at Florence marks the spot where he suffered, and every year on the anniversary of his death the Florentines lay flowers on the slab in homage to his memory.

The Roman Church has always either killed its foes or widened its mouth large enough to swallow and incorporate them.

My Mood Is Positively Habakkuk-esque

How long, Yahweh, am I to cry for help while you will not listen; to cry, ‘Violence!’ in your ear while you will not save?  Why do you make me see wrong-doing, why do you countenance oppression? Plundering and violence confront me, contention and discord flourish.  And so the law loses its grip and justice never emerges, since the wicked outwits the upright and so justice comes out perverted. (Hab. 1:2-4)

This Made Me Laugh

I like that duck-

That One Time Lawrence Schiffman Met the Pope

He tells us about it here.

Secularism Has its Costs

This is one of them.

Theology and Religious Studies risk “disappearing” from universities, a report has warned, as figures show that the number of students has almost halved in six years.

Over 14,000 students were enrolled on such degree courses in 2011/12, which dropped down to 7,585 by 2017/18, according to an analysis by the British Academy.

The figures relate to all higher education students taking course in Theology and Religious Studies course, including undergraduates, masters, doctorates, foundation courses and diplomas.

While Theology and Religious Studies has been on a downward trend for the past six years, there has been an increase in students taking Philosophy courses over the same time period.

Prof Diarmaid MacCulloch, an expert in church history at Oxford University and vice president of the British Academy, said the figures are “alarming”.

“I am extremely concerned about the drop in such a short period, it is really very alarming,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

“The problem starts at school. Teachers are not directing people in this important direction and not seeing the value in Theology and Religious Studies.”

The report said that the decline cannot be explained by subject choices at school, since A-level entries in Religious Education have increased in the past six years, more than doubling in England and Wales between 2003 and 2017.

“Theology and Religious Studies has been on a downward trend in both applications and enrolment of undergraduate students from 2012/13 onwards,” the report says.

“If this trend continues, [the] provision will come under serious threat at many institutions and the department closures and mergers, which have already started, will likely continue.”

You have secularism to think.  It’s the new ‘faith’ of the land and it has no interest in anything but itself.

Gunkel’s Geburtstag!

It was May 23rd, 1862 that the astonishingly brilliant Old Testament scholar Hermann Gunkel was born.  Amazingly, in contrast to many scholars (whose books go out of print or end up in the dollar bin in a few months) Gunkel’s work is still being published and is still very much worth reading.

Educated at the University of Göttingen, Gunkel taught there and at Halle, Berlin, and Giessen. A leading member of the “History of Religions school”, he stressed the literary values of the Old Testament by comparative study of the legends on which it draws, particularly in Genesis, Psalms and the Prophets, on which he published works in 1901, 1903, and 1917. Extending his researches beyond current dogmatic interpretations, he promoted the study on literary-historical lines of the religious history of Israel, publishing Die israelitische Literatur (1906; “The Literature of Israel”) and Die Urgeschichte und die Patriarchen (1911; “Earliest History and the Patriarchs”). He contributed Psalmen to the Göttinger Handkommentar zum Alten Testament (1910; “Göttingen Ready Reference Commentary on the Old Testament”), assisted in the first edition of the religious encyclopaedia Die Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart (1903–13; “Religion in History and the Present”), and was coeditor of the second edition (1927–32). Together with Wilhelm Bousset he founded the series Forschungen zur Religion und Literatur des Alten Testaments und des Neuen Testaments (1903– ; “Research into the Religion and Literature of the Old and New Testaments”).

Should that be insufficient detail (and it should) then get a copy of his biography and read it.


Happy Gunkel Day!