Daily Archives: 13 Nov 2019

Quote of the Day

A church that worships Jesus stands up for vulnerable women and girls. A church that worships power sees them as expendable. – Russell Moore

Luther: On The Muslims

“I hope our Lord God will do something against the Muslims for his name’s sake, not for the sake of Ferdinand. All things in Scripture have now been fulfilled. Only Daniel 12 remains. Daniel and the Revelation of St. John fit together well. I think Rome is the holy place between two seas. There sits the pope in the temple of God. But if the Muslims go there everything is ruined. There is nothing left but the day of judgment. Then the world will come to its end.” — Martin Luther


The Ultimate Defeat of Evil: An Observation

It isn’t love that finally defeats evil but judgment. Satan isn’t cast into a bed of roses, but a pit of fire.

This is the case precisely because love isn’t simply an expression of permissiveness but the destruction of all that destroys.

Of Potential Interest For Students of the LXX and the Greek New Testament

Both coming soon (in December) from Hendrickson.

My New Twitter Home

My new twitter home- https://twitter.com/EmilBrunner1

Manuscripts of the Gospel of John

Peter Williams tweets

For the best information on the manuscripts of John’s Gospel go to iohannes.com.

Six Rare F.F. Bruce articles Found

With thanks to Doug Iverson for the tip

Someone very kindly donated a complete set of the 1947 issues of The Sunday School Magazine to Book Aid recently. Published by what today is Scripture Union, the first six each contain an early articles by F.F. Bruce, then still a Master of Arts, and lecturing at Leeds University.

My thanks to Dr Larry Stone of F.F. Bruce Copyright International, Inc., Bath, England, and Nashville, Tennessee, for his kind permission to place them on-line.

It’s Also Augustine of Hippo’s Birthdate

Augustine, the former reprobate who confessed (read: bragged about) things in his Confessions that no person should ever do and who made up the notion of ‘original sin’ and who was followed and adored by Luther was evidently born on 13 November (I bet it was a Friday)-


Augustine is the patron saint of Catholic theologians because, like most Catholic theologians, he didn’t know very much about the Bible (Jerome was a better exegete), or Greek, or Hebrew.  I guess that’s why he’s still popular among certain circles where knowledge of the biblical languages is restricted to an ability to cite Strong’s wretched exhausting concordance.

Anyway, happy birthday, ya daft reprobate.

It’s Johannes Eck’s Birth-iversary

eckJohn Eck, more correctly Johann Maier, was born at Eck (now Egg, near Memmingen, south of Augsburg) in Swabia, November 13, 1486. When twelve years of age he began his studies at Heidelberg and continued them at Tuebingen, Cologne and Freiburg. When fourteen years of age he became Magister Artium, when nineteen bachelor of theology, when twenty-two priest at Strassburg, and in 1510, when twenty-four years, doctor and professor of theology in the University of Ingolstadt.

Having studied under humanistic teachers he advocated at first liberal views in theology and philosophy and as early as 1517 entered into friendly relations with Luther. But his unbounded ambition to be regarded as the leading theologian of Germany caused him to become the defender of the papacy and of Catholic doctrine. In 1519, he began his fight against Luther. In 1520, he visited Rome at the invitation of the Pope, when he presented to him his work on the Primacy of Peter against Luther, Ingolstadt 1520, for which he was awarded with the appointment as papal prothonotary. When on June 16, 1520, the papal bull, Exsurge Domine, appeared, in which forty-one propositions of Luther were condemned, Eck was entrusted with its execution in Germany.

At the Diet of Augsburg, Eck took a leading part as defender of the Roman Catholic position. He extracted 404 articles from the works of the reformers and with seventy other theologians collaborated in the Confutatio pontificia, in which the Catholic refutation of Protestantism was embodied.

Against Zwingli and his party, Eck first appeared at the public disputation at Baden, in Catholic territory, twelve miles northwest of Zurich, on May 21–June 18, 1526. The affair ended in favor of Eck, who induced the authorities to suppress the reformation at Baden. The dispution of Berne, which was conducted in the absence of Eck in January 1528, was won for the reformation.

When Zwingli’s account of his faith had been submitted to the emperor in July 1530, it was turned over to Eck for answer. He sat down at once and within three days, as he boasts, he produced what he intended to be a crushing reply. It was completed on July 17, 1530, dedicated to the Cardinal of Liege and printed most likely in the same month at Augsburg.

Eck was more highly esteemed as the champion of the true faith in Rome than in Germany, where he had many enemies. He was accused of drunkenness, immorality, unbounded greed for money and passionate desire for honor and preferment. When Rome did not gratify all his ambitions, he made overtures for peace to the Protestants, but they failed through hatred and contempt by which he was generally regarded.

But through his scholarly attainments, and controversial ability, he made himself the most prominent, and also the most violent opponent of the reformation. He died at Ingolstadt on February 10, 1543. Numerous works in Latin and German testify both to his ability and to his violent temper.*

It’s worth remembering that were it not for Eck, no one would probably have heard of Luther.  You have to take the bad with the good.

*Huldreich Zwingli, The Latin Works of Huldreich Zwingli (ed. William John Hinke; vol. 2; Philadelphia: Heidelberg Press, 1922), 62–63.