Daily Archives: 3 Nov 2019

When Did Zwingli ‘Become’ A Reformer

9783788730321I have come to the conclusion that Zwingli moved bit by bit away from Rome and towards reform beginning in 1515 after the shocking horror of the Battle of Marignano.  Others date the beginning of his ‘turn’ to 1516.  Still others, wrongly believing that he was influenced by Luther, date it as late as 1520.

Irene Dingel writes

Zu welchem Zeitpunkt Zwingli aber über seine vom Humanismus geprägte Haltung hinausging und typisch reformatorische Grundsätze im Sinne der reformatorischen Rechtfertigungslehre vertrat, bleibt schwierig zu ermitteln. Er selbst äußerte einmal, er habe schon 1516 mit der reformatorischen Predigt begonnen. Nach seinem Selbstzeugnis und der sich davon inspirierenden Forschung hätte Zwingli dann schon vor Luther evangelisch gepredigt. Es bleibt aber fraglich, was Zwingli in diesem Zusammenhang unter »Reformation« bzw. »reformatorisch« verstanden haben mag. Mit der neueren Forschung ist festzuhalten, dass sich Zwingli in den Jahren 1519 bis 1520 allmählich von den humanistischen Grundsätzen löste und stärker reformatorisch geprägte Vorstellungen zu entwickeln begann. Es ist zu vermuten, dass Luther und seine Schriften in jener Zeit, in der sich Zwingli – bis Mitte 1520 – allmählich zum Reformator entwickelte, ein verstärkender, aber kein auslösender Faktor für diese Hinwendung zu reformatorischen Inhalten war.

I stand by the early date, 1515, for a great number of reasons.  Most notably because it is generally the most jarring life events which tend to refocus our lives.

At any rate, Dingel’s book is just super.

Anti-Vaxxers are Insane

Especially Australian ones

An anti-vaccination mother took to social media on Wednesday to share her decision to give out tainted lollipops for Halloween.

The Australian mother, who identifies herself online as Sarah Walker RN, shared in the private Facebook group “Stop Mandatory Vaccination” that her son, whose name has been redacted, contracted chickenpox and that she planned to “help” other children in the community by spreading the virus through candy.

“So my beautiful son [redacted] has the chickenpox at the moment and we’ve both decided to help others with natural immunity this Halloween!” Walker wrote. “We have the packaging open and closing down pat and can’t wait to help others in our community.”

The moral of the story- don’t take candy from strange, totally depraved Aussies.

Immorality For Christmas….

The dumbest idea yet.

Zwingli and I Share The Same Practice in Preaching

Predigtmanuskripte hat Zwingli allerdings nicht hinterlassen und wohl auch nicht angefertigt. Selbst Nachschriften von Predigthörern existieren nicht. – Irene Dingel

Neither do I.  It’s really the only way.  If you stand there and read to me, I would prefer you just printed it out and let me read it at my leisure.

How Did Luther Really Catechize His Own Children?


And you can properly teach your children too.  And yourself!  Get The Commentary.

Dear Millennials, Dilettantes, and other Self Appointed Experts: You Are Not Entitled to Your Opinion

You’re not entitled to it until you earn it.

The problem with “I’m entitled to my opinion” is that, all too often, it’s used to shelter beliefs that should have been abandoned. It becomes shorthand for “I can say or think whatever I like” – and by extension, continuing to argue is somehow disrespectful. And this attitude feeds, I suggest, into the false equivalence between experts and non-experts that is an increasingly pernicious feature of our public discourse. – Patrick Stokes

Stokes wrote that in 2012.  It’s even truer now.

False, Wrong, Marcionite

Why is this guy a ‘celebrity’ ‘Christian’? His grasp of theology is sub-par and his views marcionite.

Twitter verified appears to be a certain indicator of theological incompetence.

Quote of the Day

This Simply Cannot Be Said Too Much

Anyone who says ‘I love God’ and hates his brother, is a liar, since whoever does not love the brother whom he can see cannot love God whom he has not seen.   Indeed this is the commandment we have received from him, that whoever loves God, must also love his brother.  (1 Jn. 4:20-21)

Very Sad News

Dear ANZABS members,

We are very sorry to inform you of the sudden death of Dr Tim Bulkeley. Tim was a well loved OT scholar and a colleague, mentor, and friend to many. He died after a short illness in Waikato Hospital where he was surrounded by his wife Barbara, his four children and three grandchildren.

Via Deane Galbraith. Tim was a wonderful person and a gifted scholar. He will be missed.