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The Bee Stings the Ontological Emptiness of Atheism

At a Friday local chapter meeting of anti-religion group Atheist Friends United, skeptic and freethinker Michelle Newberry reportedly delivered a powerful, inspiring testimony, recounting her journey from hoping in God to finally realizing that she is nothing but a carbon-based cosmic accident whose existence is of utterly zero consequence.

“At one time, I foolishly believed I was here for a reason, that there was a higher purpose and plan for me in the midst of joy and even suffering,” Newberry told her fellow atheist and agnostic brothers and sisters in the entirely non-religious meeting. “I am humbled and so grateful that I finally came to believe the soul-crushing idea that my existence is a complete accident with absolutely no ultimate meaning.”

Witnesses say there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Newberry thoughtfully told the touching story of how she finally “saw the light,” when she realized at long last that her existence is the result of an impossibly complex series of inexplicable, incalculable errors, and that she is nothing but a carbon robot devoid of any hope or meaning, barreling toward the absolute nothingness whence she originated.

“I’m here as a witness to the power of atheism—the only reasonable worldview,” she declared. “Things like right and wrong, love and beauty, passion and empathy, ecstasy and heartbreak—these are but leftover, superfluous, physiological baggage from our completely naturalistic journey to being. They don’t mean anything.”

“We should not even exist. Nothing matters. Literally nothing matters at all,” she added with a smile, to the crowd’s enthusiastic applause.

After Newberry finished telling the moving tale of her lack of faith, she reportedly invited anyone who felt called to commit their lives to the void of nothingness to raise their hand, “with every eye closed and every head bowed.” According to Newberry, the group was ecstatic to learn that four new converts were won over to the idea that life is meaningless.

Nothing says nothingness like atheism.

It’s Magical… The Magic Flute by WA Mozart

And it premiered on this date.

Another Gem from Jerome

If there is anything of which you are ignorant, if you have any doubt about Scripture, ask one whose life commends him, whose age puts him above suspicion, whose reputation does not belie him. … Or if there should be none such able to explain, it is better to avoid danger at the price of ignorance than to court it for the sake of learning. — St Jerome

And that’s a gem!

IOSOT News and Information for the 2019 Meeting in Aberdeen

During the business meeting of the 22nd congress (held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 4 to 9 September 2016) of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT), Professor Joachim Schaper (Aberdeen) was elected to serve as President of the IOSOT from 2016 to 2019. One of his main duties will be to host the next (the 23rd) congress of the IOSOT, which will take place at the University of Aberdeen in August 2019 (precise dates to follow). The tri-annual congresses of the IOSOT, typically attended by between 400 and 700 scholars from all over the world, showcase the most innovative and original recent contributions to Old Testament scholarship and serve as a snapshot of the ‘state of the art’ in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible scholarship worldwide. Professor Grant MacAskill (University of Aberdeen) has kindly accepted the invitation to serve as Congress Secretary for the 23rd congress of the IOSOT. He and Professor Schaper look forward to welcoming you to Aberdeen in 2019.

Via Viv R.

Der Römerbrief: Rechenschaft eines Reformators

9783525510131V&R have provided a copy of Der Römerbrief: Rechenschaft eines Reformators.

Paulus gilt als Grundlage der Reformation, aber seine reformatorische Auslegung geriet in Misskredit. Die lutherische Tradition betont einseitig die individuelle Funktion des Gesetzes, das in innere Konflikte führt. Dagegen stellt die „New Perspective on Paul“ den sozialen Konflikt zwischen Israel und anderen Völkern und die abgrenzende Funktion des Gesetzes ins Zentrum. Beides, der theologisch gedeutete Moralkonflikt und Sozialkonflikt, ergänzen einander jedoch, wenn man den Römerbrief mithilfe einer Kombination von bildsemantischen, sozialgeschichtlichen und psychologischen Methoden liest. Gerd Theißen und Petra von Gemünden verbinden beide Ansätze in ihrem innovativen Kommentar.  >> Hier finden Sie eine Leseprobe.

Stay tuned.

Another Gem From Jerome

If all sinners are punished alike, it is unjust for one to be slain while another is admonished by his comrade’s death. — St Jerome

A ‘Fantastic’ Looking Book Forthcoming!

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You know you want to ‘read’ it…