Category Archives: Dilettante

Social Media is a Swamp of Dilettantism

Good heavens, twitter and facebook are just littered with biblical and theological dilettantism. It’s both disheartening and annoying.

Dear people, put the bible down, and back away from it. You shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near it.  And, honestly, if you can’t read it in Hebrew and Greek, you really should say nothing at all about what it ‘means’.

And, if you refuse my helpful advice, here’s your Dilly in advance.  You’ll soon deserve it.

How to Spot a Dilettante

Watch for a citation from Strong’s Concordance.  This will show that the person knows neither Hebrew nor Greek and that they are dependent on third hand information which they themselves do not, and never will, understand.

Don’t get your biblical interpretation from dilettantes.  They’re always inept.  They never understand the meaning or context of Scripture, and they consistently bastardize it.

Twitter ‘Theology’ That Makes me Sigh

This is what happens when people think they know something about the bible because they have one on their coffee table, but they’ve never bothered to actually study it and they can’t read it in the languages in which it was written.

Dilly of a Dilettante

Every bit of this is aggressively ignorant. Invincibly ignorant.

Why You Shouldn’t Get Your Theology From D-List TV Personalities

1- They’re lousy theologians.

2- They are untrained and ignorant.

And 3- They’re just nasty.

Candace Cameron Bure is clearing the air after sharing a video about her faith that some found offensive.  The “Fuller House” star, 45, recently shared a TikTok video of herself leaning toward the camera while mouthing the lyrics to the Lana Del Rey song “Jealous Girl.” Near the end of the video, she shows off a copy of the Bible.

“When they don’t know the power of the Holy Spirit,” she wrote in the caption.  She faced backlash after posting the clip on both TikTok and Instagram, with some people saying her video was too “seductive.”

“The Holy Spirit isn’t seductive. What is this??” one person commented on TikTok.

“Sensualizing your belief in the Holy Spirit? Kinda missing the mark here,” another person wrote.

“The song doesn’t match the Bible.. It’s seductive .. but at least she is bold in showing her Bible,” another person commented.

Bure later deleted the video from her Instagram page, while leaving it up on TikTok, and shared a lengthy video apology in her Instagram story.

Just say no to ignorant celeb-pseudo theologians.

The Myth of the ‘Ignorant Fishermen’

From time to time (oh alright, just about every day) someone (who doesn’t know what they’re talking about) will insist that theology doesn’t matter because the disciples were just simple fishermen and villagers who followed Jesus around and they just loved him so much that they didn’t need any theology to be faithful.

Rubbish.

What the ‘ignorant fishermen’ mythicists don’t understand, because in their deep silliness they don’t know it, is that the disciples were precisely that.  Disciples.  And what is a disciple?  A learner.  A student.

Jesus was a rabbi.  He’s described as such and as such he had studied with rabbis and been himself a rabbinic student.  And what is a rabbinic student? A theologian.

Jesus was a theologian who gathered around himself theological students (rabbis) to whom he taught – what was it – oh yes, theology.

Accordingly, Jesus didn’t have ignorant illiterate hicks following him around he had serious students who were expected to do their homework, learn their lessons, and apply those lessons.

So at the end of the day the people who think theology doesn’t matter and who love to say that they are just ‘simple followers of Jesus’ have absolutely no idea how Jesus worked.  Nor how the disciples worked.  Nor how the early church worked.  They really, to be fair to them, just have some weird notions they cooked up in their own heads to justify their own theological ignorance.  They delude themselves and in their delusions wish to deceive others.

They are dilettantes.  If they want to be dilettantes, super. They just shouldn’t pretend that their views of Jesus matter to anyone.

Here’s Your Dilly, Mr Gipp

This guy deserves a Dilly the Dilettante Award more than anyone in years.  Here’s why:

The first question you should ask when talking with a “scholar” about this topic is “Do you accept the Bible as your final authority in all matters of faith and practice”?  If he says “yes” he just threw out his education.  If he says “no” then the conversation is over.  There is no reason to continue the conversation.  It’s a waste of time to talk with someone who doesn’t accept the Bible as their final authority in all matters of faith and practice.

And this

If you think about it, a translation is either going to be superior to an original, equal to an original, or inferior to an original.  These are the only options. According to our final authority in all matters of faith and practice, we find that a translation is always superior.

You don’t acquire that kind of ignorance in a few days.  That sort of stupidity takes decades to perfect.

But this bit, on why translations are ALWAYS better, takes the dilettante cake:

In discussing the originals versus translations, it’s important to remember these five ways a translation is superior.

-It’s all in one volume.  The originals were never in one binding.
-Book, chapter, and verse markings.  The originals were not written that way.
-More durable.  You couldn’t haul the originals around like you carry your Bible.
-It’s in English.  English is the language of the world.
-Multiple copies.  There never was a time when the originals were ever together in one book.  If they had been, there would only be one.

Wow.  Here’s your VERY well deserved Dilly, Mr Gipp.  And may God have mercy on whatever congregation has the sad misery of having to listen to your word vomit Dreck.

TikTok- Home Of the Biblical Languages Dilettantes

Poor kids.  Not only are they ignorant of the biblical languages, they are about half a century behind in their scholarship.

Their pastors are failing them.  Miserably.

Reminder- if you’re getting your theology or biblical studies info from social media, you shouldn’t be surprised that your ignorance will abide forever.

Reason 8,099,946 That Most People Shouldn’t be Allowed Near the Bible

Using ‘bible study’ as a cover for insane political plans.

Stay away from the Bible, dilettantes with political motivations.

This is Why Dilettantes Should Never Be Allowed Anywhere Near the Bible

Friends Don’t Let their Dilettante Friends Talk about the Bible or Theology

Quote of the Day

Dr Michael J. Svigel  –  Eschatology 101: “Nobody knows the day or the hour. Except that guy with no formal training and a lame website. Besides him, nobody knows.”

Today’s Dumbest Tweet and This Week’s Dilly Winner

And probably the dumbest tweet of the year, but there’s still several months to go.

This is a prime example of someone bereft of understanding of either the Jesus movement or the dynamics of early Christian history.

Here’s your Dilly:

New Zealand Isn’t Putting Up With Your Anti-Vaxxer Dilettantism

A mother, who had previously opposed haircuts and dental visits for her children, did not want them to get a measles vaccination forcing Oranga Tamariki to turn to the court. The two children were in the interim custody of Oranga Tamariki where permission from a parent or guardian was necessary for things like medical procedures.

Judge Anthony Mahon in the Manukau Family Court heard the application in July last year. The only way the children could be vaccinated against their mother’s wishes was for Oranga Tamariki to become their guardians. The application was done for the specific purpose of vaccinating both children. However, the mother opposed it, saying vaccines contained mercury, she was concerned about side effects and that not vaccinating them had not led to them catching the diseases.

At the hearing in July, Oranga Tamariki brought in associate professor at the Auckland Medical School and immunisation expert Dr Helen Petousis-Harris who refuted the mother’s claims and said the vaccines were so safe the only side effect of long-term risk was suffering an anaphylactic shock.

The mother was not convinced, and questioned whether if neither of the children had contracted any of the diseases they had a resilience that made vaccination inappropriate. Petousis-Harris said it was good luck rather than any other factor that the children had not caught the measles or any other diseases. The mother told the court she had a degree in biblical counselling and her strongest objection to the vaccines was on religious grounds.

Lunacy.  Having a degree in ‘biblical counseling’ (whatever that is) is meaningless in medicine.

Judge Mahon said the mother believed anyone could read the information on the Internet and reach an informed view, and she did not accept the expert’s view before her own.

“In other words, the mother’s Internet research, which had found multiple sources of data opposed to vaccination, meant she could have an opinion which could carry the same weight with the court as that of the expert. “She felt that her detailed Internet search of articles on the issues enabled her to reach her own, equally as authoritative conclusions on the risks of immunisations for her children.”  He said the mother was not able to provide documentary proof and from her point of view there was no risk to the children if they were not vaccinated.  The judge did not accept her opposition.

Dilettantes… they really are unhinged.  Here she is, ‘researching’.

When Dilettantes Stop Talking About the Bible and Go Make Tea

This is what it looks like-

Their Name is Legion

The Surest Way To Stop Dilettantes…

Is to put a Hebrew Bible or Greek New Testament under their nose and simply say ‘show me’.

Dearest Biblical Studies and Theological Dilettantes…

Just because you are free to be wrong doesn’t mean you should exercise that freedom.

More Proof that Most People Shouldn’t Be Allowed Anywhere Near the Bible

Every Biblical Studies and Theology Dilettante Explained

The Dunning-Kruger Effect

The Dunning-Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which people wrongly overestimate their knowledge or ability in a specific area. This tends to occur because a lack of self-awareness prevents them from accurately assessing their own skills.

The concept of the Dunning-Kruger effect is based on a 1999 paper by Cornell University psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger. The pair tested participants on their logic, grammar, and sense of humor, and found that those who performed in the bottom quartile rated their skills far above average. For example, those in the 12th percentile self-rated their expertise to be, on average, in the 62nd percentile.

The researchers attributed the trend to a problem of metacognition—the ability to analyze one’s own thoughts or performance. “Those with limited knowledge in a domain suffer a dual burden: Not only do they reach mistaken conclusions and make regrettable errors, but their incompetence robs them of the ability to realize it,” they wrote.

Etc. Do read it all. Especially the final part where you learn how to avoid falling into the dilettante trap.

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