Daily Archives: 15 Aug 2019

Israel’s Outrageous Behavior

This is genuinely insulting to all of America.  Israel has barred two of our Congressional Representatives.  Even AIPAC knows this is evil.

Following pressure from President Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has backtracked on his decision to allow Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) to enter the country and is now barring the congresswomen over their support for the BDS movement.

The latest: Netanyahu issued a statement stressing that Omar and Tlaib were planning a trip whose “sole purpose is to strengthen the boycott and delegitimize Israel.” Netanyahu said the congresswomen designated their trip as a visit to Palestine and not to Israel, and they did not ask to meet any Israeli official or member of the opposition. “Omar and Tlaib’s visit plan showed they only wanted to harm Israel,” Netanyahu said.

Why it matters: Netanyahu’s reversal creates an unprecedented moment — an ally of the United States has banned two duly elected members of Congress from entering its country. It could cause a huge crisis with the Democratic Party and damage the U.S.-Israel relationship.

OUTRAGEOUS.

What Kind of Farcical Prison Lets a Pedophile Spend Time With a Woman When he Has Been On Suicide Watch?

The one that Jeffrey Epstein was in.

The day after he was taken off suicide watch, disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein spent at least two hours locked up alone with a young woman, in a private room reserved for inmates and their attorneys, according to an attorney who was visiting the prison that day.

“The optics were startling. Because she was young. And pretty,” said the visiting attorney, who asked that his name not be used because he didn’t want to create friction with the prison administration. NBC News has reported that Epstein paid his lawyers to sit with him in a room for eight hours a day for attorney-client meetings, allowing him to avoid his cell.

The visiting attorney went to the Manhattan Correctional Center on July 30, a day after Epstein was reportedly taken off suicide watch and transferred into the Special Housing Unit (SHU). During the hours the visiting attorney was present, it wasn’t Epstein’s main lawyer, Reid Weingarten, or other named attorneys who visited him.

On Academic Conferences and Their Locations

I love an adventure when I travel.  Seeing new places, staying new places, meeting new people and reuniting with old friends.  That all said, if I were allowed to make the following recommendations to conference planners I would ask that conferences

  1. Be held at easily accessed locations.  I.e., direct train or bus routes to and from the conference to the hotel.  Changing trains and buses or having to grab taxis or Ubers just adds stress and expense.
  2. Be held where there are ample restaurants to meet the demands of the estimated crowd.  If there are such large crowds at eateries that the line goes out the door, many of us don’t have time to eat and get to sessions.
  3. Be held in airline hub cities rather than outliers that require multiple flight legs.  Every plane change is an invitation for a schedule disaster.
  4. Have clear signage marking the venue so that attendees needn’t wander directionless from room to room or session to session like a prom queen at a mensa meeting.
  5. Negotiate the best deal you can for hotels.   The BEST for the attendees, not the society or the hotel.  And provide a list of less expensive hotels which are not connected to the conference hotel choices.  More people could attend if they paid budget hotel expenses instead of luxury hotel costs.
  6. Book exhibitions should start the very hour registration begins.  Not the next day.  We don’t come to dawdle, we come to get books.
  7. Imagine that all those attending are paying their own way and charge registration fees accordingly.  Sure, lots of people have department budgets, but those are disappearing and folk who work at smaller schools still like to conference.

If every academic meeting could meet these guidelines we would all be thrilled.

Today in Brunner-ian History

Emil Brunner’s spectacular 3 volume Dogmatics is still the best systematic theology ever produced.  And today marks the anniversary of the publication of the second volume of the three, in 1950.

In the second volume, Brunner describes the Christian doctrines of Creation and Redemption.  Fantastic stuff.

The great thing about Brunner is that he is accessible, and yet profound.  That can be said of very few theologians- but it is most certainly true of him. If you want to know what creation and redemption are, he tells you in this book.

Brunner enjoyed another honor on 15 August a few years earlier in his life: he was given an Honorary Doctorate by Princeton University on this day in 1947.  He would go on to make such lasting contributions to theology that he would be honored by a number of Universities in the same way.

No greater systematic theologian lived in the 20th century.

Brunner’s Ill Health Didn’t Prevent His Working

The fact that in spite of many health difficulties I was able to finish this book before leaving Europe for my journey to the East is due to the assistance of many good friends. Herr Pfarrer Basler in Zofingen, and Fraulein Gertrud Epprecht, Assistant-Minister in Zurich, have shared with me the labours of proof correction, and my son, Dr. H. H. Brunner, Pfarrer in Marthalen, prepared the Index. To all of these, and to several others who remain anonymous, I tender my cordial thanks.

EMIL BRUNNER
Zurich,
August 1949

From the Preface to the second volume of his Dogmatics.

You can download 2 of the 3 volumes of the Dogmatics and have them, freely.

Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3

Jerome on Living In Constant Uncertainty and Indecision

Why must you live in a house where you must daily struggle for life and death? Can any one sleep soundly with a viper near him? No; for, though it may not attack him it is sure to frighten him. It is better to be where there is no danger, than to be in danger and to escape. In the one case we have a calm; in the other careful steering is necessary. In the one case we are filled with joy; in the other we do but avoid sorrow.

Fun Facts From Church History

pellicanDid you know that

[Konrad Pellikan’s] seven volume Commentaria Bibliorum is the only commentary produced at the time of the Reformation covering all of the books of the Old and New Testament.

So Emidio Campi in the glorious Brill Companion to the Swiss Reformation.  It must be a stunning accomplishment to author a commentary on the entire Bible, in any era!…