Archive for the ‘Dilly the Dilettante Award’ Category
In fact, you’re a dilettante if you call yourself one and you aren’t.
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.
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!
A 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.”
“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.
There’s nothing quite as enthralling as a biblical studies dilettante telling us what the bible means. It’s as awesome as going to your witchdoctor in search of a cure for your brain tumor. And it works out just as well.
And yet that’s exactly what happens when Gladwell spins his dilettantish ridiculousness about David and Goliath. He should stick to detective stories. He’s wretched as a biblical exegete. Which is why he wins the Dilly this week.
It’s been a good while since I’ve seen this sort of dilettantish ignorance on display but here it shines brightly in the stupidity and imbecilidity of one Sarah Silverman, actress:
Her claim is made without so much as a sliver of evidence. And yet, the buffoons in Hollywood (aka land of the biblically ignorant and uninformed) fete her and heap approval.
She, and they, are why dilettantes who pretend to be other people for a living and those who film them should never, ever talk about the bible or theology.
Since, though, they do love awards, here’s the most deserved award Silverman will ever receive:
An extreme right-wing American pastor has claimed that it would be better for parents to “hang a millstone” around their childrens’ necks and drown them “at the bottom of the sea” than let them read Harry Potter. Kevin Swanson, speaking at the National Religious Liberties Conference in Des Moines, said the whole of America must repent for reading Harry Potter.
What unhinged nutbaggery. There’s absolutely nothing of Christianity in this and not a shred of proper biblical exposition or theological sense or justification. This is just some unlearned hack pretending to be a theologian blathering on. Consequently, Kev, here’s your Dilly. Well deserved indeed: