Daily Archives: 9 Jun 2019

Hell For Coffee Drinkers

Modern Christian Piety

In most instances it’s impossible to distinguish between Christian piety and pop psychology today; so little of Christian piety is actually Christian.  Or even pious.

The Gig Economy, At Universities

Our university workforce has become a fragmented, casualised ‘gig economy’.

You’ll enjoy this essay.

During the last two decades the conceptualisation, organisation, and nature of academic work has been disrupted, re-designed and transformed, resulting in an increasingly stratified, segmented, and fragmented workforce. A number of major studies have established the Australian academic workforce is experiencing excessive workload demands, intrusive managerialism and bureaucratic reporting requirements, widespread work dissatisfaction, work-related stress and burnout, at higher levels in Australia than elsewhere.

It is also highly casualised, and reliant on sessional academic staff at the lowest appointment levels to undertake face-to-face and online teaching and marking at the undergraduate level.  Concurrently, the on-going academic workforce is disproportionately skewed toward the older end of the age distribution. Impending retirement among the “baby boomer” generation will intensify the gap between on-going senior academic appointments and those occupying insecure, precariously funded positions founded on “soft” money from research grants and tenders.


Quote of the Day

“This way you’re talking isn’t that of a sane person but the self-love of someone who’s shitfaced. Unless you’ve begged frequently with tears and groans to be spared from the wrath of God, and satisfied those pious ones who’ve heard you do that, you’re a dead man, you wretch, and no philosophy, wherever you find it, will protect you from the indignation of the omnipotent one.” — Theodore Beza.

Beza the potty mouthed.

Tribalism and Situation Ethics

‪If your tolerance is only situational then you aren’t tolerant. You are a tribalist. And your ethics are situational. In short, you are the monster you despise in others.‬

If This Describes You… You Should Do Better

I know about your behaviour: how you are reputed to be alive and yet are dead. Wake up; put some resolve into what little vigour you have left: it is dying fast. So far I have failed to notice anything in your behaviour that my God could possibly call perfect; remember how you first heard the message. Hold on to that. Repent! If you do not wake up, I shall come to you like a thief, and you will have no idea at what hour I shall come upon you.  (Rev. 3:1-3)

When Calvin thinks Your Thinking is Substandard…

Only let it be understood, that the image of God which is beheld or made conspicuous by these external marks, is spiritual. For Osiander (whose writings exhibit a perverse ingenuity in futile devices), extending the image of God indiscriminately as well to the body as to the soul, confounds heaven with earth. He says, that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, placed their image in man, because, even though Adam had stood entire, Christ would still have become man.

Thus, according to him, the body which was destined for Christ was a model and type of that corporeal figure which was then formed. But where does he find that Christ is an image of the Spirit? I admit, indeed, that in the person of the Mediator, the glory of the whole Godhead is displayed: but how can the eternal Word, who in order precedes the Spirit, be called his image?

In short, the distinction between the Son and the Spirit is destroyed when the former is represented as the image of the latter. Moreover, I should like to know in what respect Christ in the flesh in which he was clothed resembles the Holy Spirit, and by what marks, or lineaments, the likeness is expressed. –  Calvin

An Oldie But Still a Goodie

Another Reason to Avoid Anti-Christian Mega Churches: Child Trafficking and Rape

The leader and self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, a Mexico-based church with branches in the U.S. that claims over 1 million followers, has been charged with human trafficking and child rape, California officials announced Tuesday. Joaquín García and a follower of the church, 24-year-old Susana Medina Oaxaca, were arrested Monday after landing at Los Angeles International Airport, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office said.

Around 1,000 worshippers gathered at the headquarters of La Luz del Mundo in Guadalajara, Jalisco, on Tuesday evening to pray for García as he was held in Los Angeles on $25 million bail.

García, 50, faces 26 counts of felony charges that range from human trafficking and production of child pornography to forcible rape of a minor. The charges detail a series of disturbing allegations involving three girls and one woman between 2015 and 2018 in Los Angeles County.

The fundamentalist Christian church, whose name translates to The Light of the World, was founded in 1926 by García’s grandfather. It has been the subject of child sex abuse allegations for years but authorities in Mexico have never filed criminal charges. It has more than 15,000 churches in 58 countries, according to its website. The church’s followers must adhere to a strict moral code in exchange for the promise of eternal salvation.

Anti-Christian and Mega Church go hand in hand.  Where you have a mega church you have anti-christianity.

The SBC And Clergy and Staff Misconduct

For all the folks getting excited about the SBC making some grand gesture this week… you’re excited about nothing. The SBC isn’t a hierarchy. It can’t issue orders. It has no control over churches or pastors. It can ‘disfellowship’, but that is meaningless in practice.

In sum, if you want things to change, they have to change at the local church level. You can berate the SBC all you want, you’re just punching at an ethereal entity. Your activism, if not local, is 100% pointless.  Well, except for generating publicity for yourself.  But that’s sometimes the real goal of activism anyway, isn’t it.

Rank Sectarianism

This reminds me of the ‘trail of blood’ Baptists who asserted only Baptists were going to heaven. Who knew this kind of rank narrow sectarianism still existed. And yet here we have it. From an Orthodox guy.

No One Has Done a Better Job of Addressing the ‘Science and Faith’ Question Than Wolfhart Pannenberg

I first read this book when it appeared in 1993 and I’ve been re-reading it the last couple of days.  I was impressed with it over 26 years ago and it’s still the best treatment of the topic available.  It is the most intelligent discussion to date.