Category Archives: Dilly the Dilettante Award

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-

More Pentebabbleist Nutbaggery

On Tuesday’s episode of “The Hagmann Report,” right-wing conspiracy theorist Steve Quayle engaged in some esoteric biblical exegesis in order to declare that Jared Kusher, the son-in law of and senior adviser to President Trump, is “absolutely the prime candidate” to be the Antichrist.

“The other night, I just heard this in my spirit,” Quayle said. “Here’s what dropped into my spirit, I’ve never thought of this in my life so all I can say is something is going on here, that Jared [in the Bible] was the patriarch, the second oldest man in the Old Testament, when the fallen angels fell on Mount Hermon—that’s in the Book of Enoch, chapter six, and it’s also in Jubilees, it’s referred to.”

“Now, what’s important is that Enoch was the seventh from Adam and so what we’re seeing here is we’ve got some unusual things,” he continued. “We’ve got the seventh from Adam—and I believe Enoch is one of the two witnesses and this has everything to do with what we’re talking about—that Jared Kusher, the man of peace behind the scenes, is absolutely the prime candidate, I believe, for the A.C., the Antichrist.”

“Here’s why,” Quayle said. “The spirit, in my opinion, the Bible talks specifically of Antichrist, the literal devil, entering into him, just like he did Judas Iscariot. But what’s even more important, Jared Kushner’s address is 666 5th Avenue … If you take New York, and I do, as the commercial center of commercial Babylon, then what you’ve got is you’ve got someone whose name links with the time of the fallen angels—and it’s my position that the earthly kings, so many of them are fallen angels, if you will, in human drag, that’s really the only way I know how to say it—and the thing that is really critical is that it’s imperative that people understand that there’s a lot in a name. Because the name Jared, and that’s what’s interesting, means ‘descent’ or ‘descendant.’”

Etc.

Here’s your Dilly.  Now never speak about the Bible again.  Ever.

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.

The Bible Doesn’t Call it a Whale

This is what happens when people who don’t read the Bible talk about or write about the Bible-

Earliest mosaic of Jonah and the whale found in Galilee synagogue

Nope.

Unprecedented depictions of the biblical Jonah and the whale have been found at a fifth-century Roman synagogue in Israel’s lower Galilee. In the recently discovered mosaic, Jonah’s legs are shown dangling from the mouth of a large fish, which is being swallowed by a larger fish, which is being consumed by a third, even larger fish.

Here, let me give you a hand with the biblical text:

‎וימן יהוה דג גדול לבלע את־יונה ויהי יונה במעי הדג שׁלשׁה ימים ושׁלשׁה לילות׃

The relevant phrase is

דג גדול

‘Great fish’. That’s it. Not ‘whale’.

Might it have been a whale? Who knows. But calling it a whale is a misrepresentation of the biblical text. And that’s just not going to happen as long as I have breath.  Accordingly, here’s your well deserved Dilly-

Michelle Bachmann: Winner of This Week’s Dilly Award

Politicians should never pretend to be theologians.  Because they aren’t.  And Bachmann is a prime example.

While speaking last week on the Last Days radio program “Understanding the Times with Jan Markell,” former GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann linked political advocacy on the left with the rise of the Antichrist.

Bachmann said that Donald Trump’s opponents, much like the people who built the Tower of Babel, are rebelling against God to bring about “the creation of a manmade, one-world system. And scripture tells us that in the End Times, that is what Antichrist will be, he will be a part of a one-world system.”

“There are people who reject Judeo-Christian truth and instead want to insert and usurp control of all of our lives with a global, economic and political government,” she said.

Here’s your Dilly.  You certainly deserve it.

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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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.

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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