Daily Archives: 7 Sep 2019

Quote of the Day

“Theology, viewed as a discipline and concretely, is a divinely given discipline, bestowed upon man by the Holy Spirit through the Word, whereby he is not only instructed in the knowledge of divine mysteries, by the illumination of the mind, so that what he understands produces a salutary effect upon his heart and the actions of his life, but so that he is also rendered ready and expert in informing others concerning these divine mysteries and the way of salvation, and in vindicating heavenly truth from the aspersions of its foes; so that men, resplendent with true faith and good works, are introduced into the kingdom of heaven.” – Johann Gerhard

The Proper Subject of Theology…

Is God.  So why do so many modern theologians spend all of their time talking about their feelings?

McConnell Is Happy to Defend His Interests But Not Yours

The charlatan.

McConnell vows to protect Kentucky middle school from Trump’s grab for wall funding.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would defend funding for a new middle school in his home state of Kentucky after it was selected as one of the military projects the Trump administration will delay in order to fund border wall construction.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced on Tuesday the list of projects impacted by the funding move, which would shift a little less than $1.8 billion from projects in 23 states and three US territories. The middle school was slated to receive $62.6 million in February 2020.

What a fraudster. What school needs 62 million anyway???

Politicians are vermin.

When You Scheme and Plot Against Others…

It’s wise to heed the advice of Gamaliel-

And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it—lest you even be found to fight against God.”

It’s better to be humble than it is to be humbled.

Jerome: On Teaching

There is no greater folly than to teach a pupil what he knows already.  — Jerome

Your Problem Isn’t That You Don’t Have Enough Time…

The Day NOAA Sold its Soul to Satan

Luther as Heretic: Ten Catholic Responses to Martin Luther, 1518-1541

The publication of Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Thesesin 1517 immediately elicited responses from dozens of Roman Catholics in Germany and beyond. While Luther’s works and those of his leading supporters have been available in English translation for many years, those of most of his Catholic opponents have not. In order to address this imbalance, win a fairer hearing for the Catholic opposition, and make it possible for students to understand both sides of the sixteenth-century religious debates, translators have drawn on the rich resources of the Kessler Reformation Collection at the Pitts Theology Library to present here introductions to and translations of ten Catholic pamphlets. The volume begins with an essay sketching the larger background for these publications. The editors’ hope is that this book will prove useful for teaching and research and will foster a deeper understanding of the sixteenth-century theological discussions by allowing today’s readers to hear voices that have been mostly silent in the English-speaking world for centuries.

With thanks to the Pitts Theology Library for the copy!

Luther: On Universalism

Our human nature is prone to conclude that if it were not God’s judgment that all men be saved, it would be an outrage, tyranny, and injustice.

And indeed, this is not one of the slightest offenses with which the devil assails us and with which he tries to move our faith to look askance at God. The devil knows that one of the noblest and most precious virtues of faith is to close one’s eyes to this, ingenuously to desist from exploring the why and the wherefore, and cheerfully to leave everything to God. Faith does not insist on knowing the reason for God’s actions, but it still regards God as the greatest goodness and mercy.

Faith holds to that against and beyond all reason, sense, and experience, when everything appears to be wrath and injustice. This is why faith is called Argumentum non aparentium, the sign of things not seen [Heb. 11:1], indeed, the opposite of what is seen.

Yeah, pretty much.

Calvin to Bullinger About Servetus

On 7 September, Calvin wrote Bullinger, in part

The Council will send you, ere long, the opinions of Servetus in order to have your advice. It is in spite of us that you have this trouble forced on you; but the folks here have come to such a pass of folly and fury that they are suspicious of all we say. Did I declare that there was daylight at noon, I believe they would question it. Brother Walter [Bullinger’s son-in-law] will tell you more [of the state of affairs here].

I know how you feel, John.  I feel ya, brother…

Jerome: On His Translation of the Old Testament Being Superior to Mere Revisions

Our version is the more intelligible, for it has not turned sour by being poured three times over into different vessels, but has been drawn straight from the press, and stored in a clean jar, and has thus preserved its own flavour.  — Jerome

Jerome: On Revenge

It is the height of folly for you when you are accused by one man to attack another, and when you are covered with wounds yourself to seek comfort by wounding one who is still quiescent and unaggressive. — Jerome