Skepticism is the only sensible attitude towards everything on social media and towards the media in general. Be skeptical. Doubt. Do not take anything at face value. Everything you see on tv and the internet and hear on the radio is guilty (of being inaccurate) until proven innocent (by being proven true).
And the moment you fall victim to the foolishness of groupthink and its credulity, be very afraid.
The Pope doesn’t like abortion. That means that it won’t be long till the lefty progs go on a letter writing campaign to have the Pope removed from his duties because, you know, only one opinion is allowed and it’s the proggy view.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has put up just 1.7 miles of fencing with the $1.57 billion that Congress appropriated last year for President Donald Trump’s wall along the Mexican border, a federal judge was told.
I wish this sign were posted literally on every corner in every part of the United States.
The number of non-religious people has increased dramatically. It’s important that we act like we aren’t Christians in order to reach them. — MegaPastor Wannabe
Dr Michael J. Svigel – Eschatology 101: “Nobody knows the day or the hour. Except that guy with no formal training and a lame website. Besides him, nobody knows.”
“Through mortal sins the elect may altogether lose and banish the Holy Ghost, faith and the grace of God, and thus for a time become subjects of condemnation, yet they cannot be wanting to the end, and perish eternally. Total loss of grace is one thing, final loss of grace is another. That is total, by which any one is entirely deprived of the grace of God; that is final, by which any one, shortly before death, departs from the faith, and dies in unbelief.” — Johannes Quenstedt
It must be strikingly unsatisfying when the child doesn’t get their way after they have thrown a massive tantrum. All that effort for naught. Yet to give a child what it wants simply because it throws a fit only reinforces childish selfishness. Especially when the children are biologically adults.
A Flugschrift is, literally, a ‘flying writing’. Flugschriften are flying writings or writings that fly off the press and into the public’s hands. Flugschriften is the plural form of Flugschrift.
I mention this because these Flugschriften were to the Reformers what blog posts are to modern theologians and biblical scholars- quickly produced, aimed at the moment, addressing something immediate. Luther and Zwingli in particular made great use of the (relatively fast) speed small volumes could be produced and distributed.
One such example of this sort of material is the witty and incisive and really scorchingly amusing Die göttliche Mühle which Zwingli commended to his friend Oswald Myconius on the 25th of May, 1521. It (Die göttliche Mühle) was written by the virtually unknown Martin Seger of Marienfeld.
Emil Egli and Walther Köhler describe and discuss the booklet in Zwingliana 2/12 (1910). The thing to take away from the production of such pieces is that 1) speed is of the essence when theological battles are being waged; and 2) wit and humor in brevity often make the point better than long and boring discourses.
The Catholic Church was, by the way, frequently portrayed in the 16th century as a Mill where the faithful were ground into powder by the greedy clerics, chief of whom was of course the super-greedy Pope. Tobias Stimmer’s Mühle is a spectacular example of the genre-
It’s May 25th so it’s Peter Opitz’s birthday. Happy birthday to him. He’s a scholar you should know- as just a few of his books will show: