Category Archives: Dilly the Dilettante Award

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.

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.

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:

Oh Precious, I’ve Heard them All Before. I’ve Read Church History, and your Side Lost

But here’s your Dilly-

Nope, And Not Even Really a Decent Try… This Week’s Dilly Winner

The ‘Seven Spirits’ of God as referenced only in the Book of Revelation have absolutely NOTHING to do with what you think they do.  Please, leave interpretation of Scripture alone.

Here’s your Dilly…

Dilettante of The Year

That’s lunacy. It’s both historically ignorant and, worse, it implies that no one but English speakers have a real Bible. Utter nonsense and, frankly, demonic.

This is this year’s dilettante.

Pentebabbleist the Fireman Pseudo-prophet At it Again With his Nutbag Ramblings

As time goes on, Mark Taylor‘s prophecies are getting increasingly incoherent. It’s almost as if he needs to convolute his prophecies more and more so it’s more difficult to point out the fact that they never come true. Either way, we have a new warning from Taylor, and it involves human traffickers, the Red Cross, and the Old Testament god Baal.

According to Taylor, Baal “feeds off the blood of the innocent,” namely aborted fetuses. But thanks to increased restrictions to abortions access in the US, that food source is “running dry.” That’s where the Red Cross comes in.

“We all know the Red Cross is corrupt. They’re into all of this,” he said in a video clip flagged by Right Wing Watch, adding that “they are literally grabbing people … in broad daylight.”

“We are entering into one of the most dangerous phases of this fight,” he continued. “I tell people, ‘I don’t care if you are a Christian or not, if you don’t have a concealed weapons permit, you need to get one. You need to learn how to use a weapon and you need to be carrying it right now because this is a very dangerous time that we are going to be entering into.’”

Watch out for a mass blood drive orchestrated by America’s blood banks, Taylor says, “because their sources are running out, so they can use that human blood for sacrifices, they can use it for drinking it, or whatever it is they do.”

Imbecile. The dilettante loon knows nothing of Baalism.  Or anything.  Firefighters should fight fires, not talk about theology.  They’re awful at it.  So, Mark, here’s your Dilly, pentebabbleist nutbag.

Wrong For Every Reason- So Here’s Your Dilly

There’s no such word in Greek. The dimwit has just transliterated what he thinks a Greek letter signifies into an English equivalent. He actually thinks psi = y. Dilettante ignoramus.

No, it means you don’t know anything about Greek.  Here’s your Dilly.

Now go, and never speak of Greek again.

Here’s Your Dilly, Joe

Joe is what happens when ignorant dilettantism meets biblical proclamation.  So, in recognition of your utter unsuitedness to any sort of pastoral task, here’s your Dilly, Joe!

Barton Swaim is Why People Who Aren’t Biblical Scholars Shouldn’t Talk About the Bible or Biblical Scholarship

His ‘review’ of John Barton’s magnificent book is the sort of garbage that one expects of a dilettante who knows absolutely NOTHING about the field.  His assessment of Barton’s latest book is puerile and juvenile.  It’s as though he has no understanding of either the Bible or biblical scholarship and his closing assertion that John Barton’s ‘admiration’ for the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures is ‘lukewarm’ (!!!!) is the most moronic thing I have read in years.  He knows NOTHING about John Barton’s lifelong devotion to the Bible and scholarship.  Lukewarm…   What a buffoon.

The Wall Street Journal should be ashamed that it published a review by a man whose entire claim to fame is that he writes reviews of political books for the WSJ.

Few ‘reviews’ infuriate me because, frankly, I’m used to dilettantes.  But this wretched piece of garbage is a hit piece by an ignoramus.  It is despicable.

Mr Swaim, here is your Dilly-

This Week’s Dilly Winner

No you aren’t.  No he isn’t.  So here’s your Dilly!

Dilly Award – the Dilettantish Publisher Edition

There’s so much wrong here, and they don’t even know it.  First of all, The Geneva Bible of 1599 is a revision of the 1564 edition.  Second, Luther had nothing to do with it.  Third, there’s no such thing as a ‘Luther Edition’ of the Geneva Bible.  Luther was dead decades before the Geneva Bible was published.  And finally, ‘Luthor’ (as the publisher’s advert spells it), is totally wrong.

Don’t buy things from dilettantes.  It just encourages them.

‘Patriot Depot’ and ‘Tolle Lege Press’, here’s your dilly.  You richly deserve it:

Staring into the Well: This Week’s Dilly Winner

If you need an example of the phenomenon in historical Jesus studies known as ‘gazing into the well and seeing one’s own reflection,’ this is it.

That isn’t Jesus that Fugelsang sees, but himself.  The historical Jesus is unknowable.  We have only texts from partisans who had no interest in portraying the Jesus of History, but only of portraying the Christ of faith.  So, John, here’s your Dilly-

Yet Another Reason Most People Shouldn’t Be Allowed Within 500 Miles of a Bible

I just wish I knew who the commentator was. Because if anyone deserves a dilly it’s him.

Another Dilettante Who’s Pretending to Be A Biblical Exegete: The ‘Prof’ Who Accuses God of Raping Mary

And make no mistake, that’s exactly what Sprankle is saying.  No consent = rape.  But what the imbecile ignores is that Mary does in fact give consent to the operation of the Holy Spirit:

Mary said, ‘You see before you the Lord’s servant, let it happen to me as you have said.’ And the angel left her. (Lk. 1:38)

Another fake academic pretending to know something about the Bible when he doesn’t even know the basic story.  What a buffoon.

Here’s your award, Sprankle-

This Is the Stupidest Thing You Will See On the Internet Today, Bar None

It’s an essay, on the bible, about the ‘virgin birth’, by, now get this, not a biblical scholar, but by a psychologist!  Hey, Raw Story, why not get a climate change denier to write an essay about the weather?  Or an anti-vaxxer to write a piece on the perils of vaccinations?

Are you DAFT?  Do you know NO biblical scholars?  Hit me up, I can introduce you to a hundred who are more qualified than a psychologist to write an essay on the Bible.

Disgraceful dilettantism.  Fools.

God help me, I am SICK TO DEATH of journalists and psychologists and all manner of uninformed imbeciles pretending to know what they’re talking about when they talk about the Bible.  Stupid dilettantes.

Raw Story- here’s your Dilly.  Pass it along to the psychologist.  You two can share it this week.

They Aren’t ‘Bible Scholars’ so Please Don’t Refer to Them As Such

They are dilettantes of the most dilettantish sort.  That’s what they should be called.  So I will.  And here’s their award, and yours, Mr Butters, for calling them scholars in the first place.

‘Congrats’.  I haven’t given out a Dilly in a while- but you certainly deserve it Mr Butters and company.

The Dilly the Dilettante Award Winner this Week: The Conservative Bible Project

Don’t read too much of this idiocy, it will infuriate you and your head will explode.  Suffice to say, these people are pure dilettantes.  So here’s their award:

And here’s my response to the whole stupid thing:

The Return of the Dilly the Dilettante of the Week Award

It’s been a while since I’ve awarded a Dilly to anyone (sorry about that).  But thanks to Deane Galbraith, I proffer this as a worthy recipient:

The author of this dissertation received a doctorate at an American university in February 2018:

“SATANIC INFLUENCES IN THE AMERICAN CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN A POST-MODERN CONSUMER SOCIETY

ABSTRACT This study seeks to propose evidences as to how and why the contemporary Christian church is satanically influenced, resulting in pain and suffering from devastating personal dysfunctions, interpersonal conflicts and divisions. This situation presents a great dilemma facing many, if not most, Christians in that they simply do not understand and are unaware of profound life altering significances of the spiritual battle being waged for souls and the satanic deceptions that draw people away from God.

Satan, his fallen angels, and demons influence Christians and others through his primary tools of deceit and deception, delivered to the culture through media, radio, newspaper, television, blogs, Internet and social media, diabolically present the thesis of post-modernity, which centers on a self-fulfillment philosophy that adjudicates all morals, virtues, wisdom, and instruction by each person’s individual standards developed in one’s own mind. Satan’s deceptions fashion the post-modern consumer culture with God given free will and choice to discern what is right, what is wrong and what is best for each individual, based on one’s own understanding and desires. One of Satan’s deceptions is that his evil is presented as a thorn in God’s side and a menace to humankind as a result of personal sin. The thesis presented in this study, intends to clearly show how Satan, his fallen angels, and demons, coupled with their delivery of evil on humankind and the environment, does indeed ultimately bring glory to God and salvation to humanity.

Expected outcomes encourage priests, pastors, professors, and teachers to become aware of deceptions masking satanic influences causing divisions in relationships and in churches. Mitigation measures discussed in Chapter Six, if exercised, will seek to stabilize and improve relationships among believers and the church family.”

Ressa, Jerry F., “Satanic Influences in the American Christian Church in a Post-Modern Consumer Society” (2018). Doctor of Ministry.

And then this delightful acknowledgement:

“I am deeply endowed to Dr. Michael Gama, Technical Advisor”

Ιησους.  Anyway, here’s your Dilly-

This Month’s Dilly Winner

I haven’t seen a more ignorant statement on the subject of theology for a good while.  So, precious heretical Canadian modalist, here’s your Dilly.  It’s well deserved.

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