Category Archives: Dilettante

Shut Up

The story of Adam and Eve isn’t a marriage relationship manual.  So please, shut up.  Oh, and here’s your Dilly.

This Week’s Dilly Winner

The Winner of this Week’s Dilly is…. #CPAC2017 !!!!

For displaying the sort of ignorance about the Bible and theology that befuddles anyone with a brain and yet nevertheless pretending to interpret it for the present day.  Who is more deserving of a Dilly?  That’s right- no one at all.

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Ignorance afoot!  So, #CPAC2017 – here’s your Dilly, because you don’t know what you’re talking about.  (PS- check Revelation, the gates are ALWAYS OPEN).

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Dilly Of the Year Winner

Maybe of the decade.

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Anyway, ‘Phil’, here’s your well deserved award.  Wear it proudly.

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More ‘Second Coming’ Prediction Madness

These people should just stop.  But they seem incapable of it, driven by some sort of demonically induced madness.

An Israeli Rabbi has claimed that the biblical prophecy of Balaam, which says that the appearance of a new star will precede the coming of the Messiah, matches an astronomical event that scientists predict will occur in 2022. Although the Jewish faith does not believe that Jesus is the Messiah, some Christians have interpreted the Rabbi’s prediction as proof that Jesus’ second coming will occur in 2022.

Rabbi Yosef Berger of King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion claimed that biblical prophecy of Balaam and “Jewish esoteric sources” show that the astronomical event predicted for 2022, the collision of two stars to form a brand new star in the night sky, will herald the arrival of the Messiah. The astronomical event fulfills an ancient prophetic sign of the coming of the Messiah, the Rabbi claimed, according to Breaking Israel News.

Rabbi Berger claimed that Balaam’s prophecy and other Jewish mystical sources say that the coming of the Messiah will be preceded by heavenly signs involving multiple stars. The ancient prophecy of the arrival of the Messiah matches recent predictions by astronomers that a dazzling display from a red nova explosion will appear in the sky in 2022, following the collision of two faint stars in the constellation of Cygnus, according to the Rabbi.

Lunacy.  When 2022 comes and goes I hope this guy has the courage to admit he is a liar.

Mary Beard is Right- You Don’t Get to ‘Sound Off’ Just Because You Feel Like It

She writes

Sorry folks, experts do know a lot… and, at the same time, they should be vulnerable and open to challenge, unseating, overturn and maybe ridicule. But to do that means more than just sounding off!

She’s responding, of course, to the rather dim soul who had the temerity to pretend knowledge at her on the twitter. Read the account here.  And, again, she’s right.  You don’t get to sound off just because you want to, you have to do the work first.  Or, quite frankly, I’d add, just shut up.

So, Betsy DeVos….

Is as qualified for her job as 99.99999% of the people who talk about the Bible are to talk about the Bible…

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I.e, she’s a dilettante. Anathema sint.

The Crime of the Half Millennium: The Kidnapped Bible

noteRemember when kidnappers used to snatch a victim and then they would cut and paste words and phrases from the newspapers and magazines and send them to the family of the victim, demanding ransom?

Well about 500 years ago the Bible was kidnapped and it has been tormented by its kidnappers ever since.

Who are these criminals?  The countless dilettantes who revel in cutting and pasting words and phrases from bits and pieces of the Bible so that it can be made to say whatever they want it to say.  Without hermeneutical sense or the guidance of the Spirit, they have cut the text to shreds and reassembled it in their own image.

Of all the crimes committed in the last half millennium, this is the most widespread.  It happens every day, every hour, in every corner of the world.  And it is a crime because its practitioners are deceivers and deceived.

Say no to the kidnappers.  Say no to the ridiculous notion that everyone’s opinion of the Bible matters.  Say no to spiritual murderers!  Rescue the Bible from its distorters and stop accepting their misprisions.  For your own sake.

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’s understand, because in their deep ignorance 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.

The Most Important Piece of Equipment Any Academic Can Possess: Dilettante-dar©

If you don’t have Dilettante-dar© then you need to, to borrow a phrase of Jesus, go and sell what you have to acquire it.  It’s the most important piece of equipment any academic can possess because only by means of it can absurdity (such as that spewed by Eric Metaxas about Dietrich Bonhoeffer) be spotted, confronted, and defeated.

D-Dar©.  Get you some!

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A Lawyer Worthy of A Dilly, and a Journalist Too

This one will strike you as doubly dilettantish.  Because… a lawyer is claiming a polygamous Mormon is missing and may have been a victim of the ‘rapture’… and a journalist labels belief in the ‘rapture’ a ‘Christian belief’ without any qualification of any sort-

The FBI thinks that Lyle Jeffs, the polygamist religious leader accused in a multimillion-dollar food stamp scheme, disappeared from house arrest this summer by coating his ankle monitor in olive oil and sliding it off.  That explanation may fly with nonbelievers, but in court documents filed last week, Jeffs’ attorney has put forth a divine reason for his disappearance — the miracle of rapture:

As this Court is well aware, Mr. Jeffs is currently not available to inform his counsel whether or not he agrees to the Continuance. Whether his absence is based on absconding, as oft alleged by the Government in their filings, or whether he was taken and secreted against his will, or whether he experienced the miracle of rapture is unknown to counsel.

Rapture, for the uninitiated, is the Christian belief that during the second coming of Christ, the holy will be whisked away to heaven.

Yeah, no it’s not.  The notion of a ‘rapture’ is a 19th century fantasy invented by dispensationalists who twisted the Biblical text more than a woman getting her hair permed has it twisted.  So not only does the lawyer get a dilly, so does the journalist.  Congrats to the both of you.

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Bryan Fischer: This Week’s Dilly Winner

Here’s why: he doesn’t know anything about the Bible’s view of women.

Fischer claimed that God specifically reserves leadership roles for men only, even in the home and used the Bible as proof.

The essayist goes on to list places where the Bible describes, in the most positive terms, women in leadership positions.

So, Mr Fischer, given your ineptitude- here’s your dilly.  Congrats!

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Dilly of the Week Award Winner

To the Pastor who said in a meeting this week:

One of my teachers said it was ok to take a passage from the Bible out of context if you had a good reason to do it.

Here’s your award – and share it with your ignorant teacher.

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Amateurs: We Are Riddled With them in Biblical Studies- So It’s Nice to See Them Branching Out Into Other Fields..

dilly-the-dilettanteSo folk can see the outcome of their efforts.  If biblical dilettantism is ok, why then, well, so is this.

A man who cut off an acquaintance’s testicle in a motel room, having replied to an advert asking for assistance with a “medical issues,” has pleaded guilty to a number of charges in a local court at Port Macquarie, New South Wales.

The alleged victim had posted a message online seeking help as he could not afford to pay for treatment through proper channels. According to the Sydney Daily Telegraph, the 52-year-old man had been kicked in the groin by a horse some years earlier, after which he had experienced persistent problems with his left testicle.

He met with Allan George Matthews, 57,  at a motel in Port Macquarie on May 16, at which time Mr Matthews removed the offending organ.

A week later the man visited hospital seeking treatment after the wound became infected. His visit triggered a police investigation, and on June 23 Mr Matthews’ home was raided by officers who medical equipment, several bottles suspected to contain amyl nitrate, and seven firearms.

Doing to ‘surgery’ what dilettantes have been doing to the Bible for centuries.

Autism Can Be ‘Cured’… You Just Have to Cast out the Demons…

Again, this is what happens when dimwittery meets sacred text without any intervening instruction:

A controversial religious group that claims it can cure autism “by driving out demons” is set to take to the streets of Barcelona this weekend. A religious group is staging several “spirituality seminars” this weekend in Barcelona, claiming that its members – through Jesus – can heal people with a variety of conditions, including autism. The Last Reformation, an evangelical Christian group founded in Denmark by Torben Sondergaard, arrived in Spain on Friday for a series of “spirituality seminars”. The group has already seen protests staged against it ahead of seminars planned for Dublin, Ireland, where autism campaigners have denounced the group’s members for claiming that they have “driven out the demons” of those with autism.

Ugh.

Leading Jihadists are Scientists, Not Islamic Scholars

Let that soak in a bit, and then come to terms with the fact that dilettantes are the greatest threat to the world.

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You Aren’t a Biblical Scholar Just Because You Call Yourself One

In fact, you’re a dilettante if you call yourself one and you aren’t.

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He’s not a member of SBL or ETS.  He doesn’t belong to SOTS or BNTS or any academic society.  He hasn’t published anything that looks even remotely sensible or scholarly.  He has no publications in Journals or essay collections.  And finally, his answers to questions on his website are the bleetings of a buffoon.

Here’s your Dilly, Martin.  You really, really deserve it.

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The Most Deserving Dilly Award Winners Ever

One East Texas man believes he found fossils from Noah’s flood and a self-proclaimed fossil expert says he’s right.  “From Noah’s flood to my front yard, how much better can it get,” Wayne Propst said.

Propst is stunned. He was helping his aunt lay some dirt outside her home in Tyler when he found this.  “What’s really interesting to me is we’re talking about the largest catastrophe known to man, the flood that engulfed the entire world,” Propst said.

He called up self-proclaimed fossil expert Joe Taylor who confirmed that what Propst found is in fact from the time of Noah’s ark and he says finding those fossils in Tyler is rare.  “I’ve never heard of anything about that from over there, I’m surprised he found it there,” Taylor said.

For days, Wayne and his aunt Sharon have been combing through this dirt with the help of some neighborhood kids.  “I just take my toothbrush and work on it until we get it,” Wayne’s aunt Sharon Givan said.  And send pictures off to Taylor. “To think that like he says that we have something in our yard that dated back to when God destroyed the earth. I mean, how much better could anything be,” Givan said.

For a man who loved dinosaurs as a kid, Propst says this couldn’t be any cooler. “Now all I got to do is go in front of my aunt’s house and pick up something from back when it all began. I don’t even have to search anymore,” Propst said. For the record, we have not independently verified if the rocks are in fact historic.

Oh Texas… you do provide a lot of Dilly winners, don’t you…  With thanks to Ken Leonard for nominating the duo of dilettantes.   So, Mr Taylor and Mr Propst, here’s your highly deserved Award!

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I Should Know Better…

Than to read comments about things posted on the ‘Bible Museum’ facebook page.  But when they posted a letter of Luther’s I thought ‘I have time, I’ll just read the first comment…’  Big mistake.  It’s the one by the guy indicated by the arrow I’ve drawn  My response, which I won’t repeat here, is above.

The ignorance of the mob is shocking.

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Another Unhinged Republican- From New Hampshire: This Week’s Dilly Winner

dilly-the-dilettanteA New Hampshire state representative came to the defense of fellow Republican Donald Trump last week, declaring that Pope Francis is the Anti-Christ.  Republican state Rep. Susan DeLemus, who once claimed Donald Trump is the only politician she believes in, responded to her own Facebook post were she claimed that “The Pope is the anti-Christ. [sic] Do your research,” she wrote, adding that she’s “not sure who the Pope truly has in his heart.”

And then

“I was actually referencing the papacy. And what I wrote after that ‘do your research,’ if you read the Geneva Bible, which is the Bible I use when we study, the commentary is – actually by the founders of the United States actually, the Protestant Church – their commentary references the papacy as the anti-Christ,” DeLemus said.

She reads the Geneva Bible… and evidently doesn’t realize that its notes are, well, mostly wrong.  Or what it is.  Or who wrote the notes in the first place.  And that it was composed at a time when the entire environment was poisoned by misinformation from both camps against the other.

Oh dilettantes.  They’re not even amusing.  They’re actually dangerous.