I Think Maybe The Only Person Who Has Never Read Hosea is Rachel Held Evans

Because, if she had, she would know that Hosea uses mother-image of God to make his point about God’s concern for Israel.  I think maybe she should really stop talking about the Bible.


I think maybe Rachel is so unfamiliar with Scripture that she actually thinks she’s come up with something new and shocking.

I think maybe she should do stories for the Chattanooga newspaper about puppies and bunnies and anything but theology and Scripture because her quest for public notice by means of pithy Scripture blatherings is only getting her the attention of the child in the corner of the classroom who keeps saying ridiculous things.

I think maybe she should accept her award gracefully.  And bow out.


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Oh Sure He Did…

‘Artists’… absurd self aggrandizing lunatics (like the politicians who claim the same).

Katy Perry revealed she received a message from God right before she performed at the Super Bowl. The “Dark Horse” singer told E! News host Ryan Seacrest that she prepared for her half time show by leaning on her faith. “I over prepared myself and did a lot of prayer and meditation,” Perry told Seacrest at the 57th annual Grammy Awards.  She added, “It’s funny, I was praying and I got a word from God and He says,  ‘You got this and I got you.’ And then I was on top of the lion and a guy, a random guy, just looked on me with a headset that I’ve never communicated with before and he just looked me straight in the eyes and said, ‘You got this.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, this is God confirming I can do this.”

I’m ok with the leaning on your faith bit but these pentebabbleists and their private revelations are just simply Montanist heretics.  And, just for the record, would God really say ‘You got this and I got you’?????  It sounds more like someone with vocal fry speaking to herself.  Hearing God’s voice and it sounding like your own isn’t spirituality, it’s insanity.

But it does earn Katy Perry a prize.  I know how ‘artists’ love prizes!  So, Katy, here’s your dilly!


Perry Noble: This Year’s Dilly the Dilettante Award Winner

Perry has recently asserted that the 10 Commandments were in need of rewriting, and did so- effacing their meaning with the aplomb of a true dilettante.


So, Perry (why do people like this even have a congregation and just how ignorant are his flock that someone doesn’t rise and say ‘Perry, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Sit down and shut up.  If St. Nicholas were here he would punch you in the face and if Calvin were here he would roast you.  Literally’.  [I despise emergents.  The entire lot are besotted false teachers].

Anyway, Perry- here’s your Dilly-


Do You Hate Yourself? A Lot? And- as a Bonus- This Week’s Dilly Winner!

If you answered ‘yes’ to the question concerning self hatred then you’ll want to watch the History Channel’s ‘special’ on ‘Revelation’.


A: Almost 2,000 years ago, the final book of the Bible, Revelation, predicted that Christ would return, but only after a period of chaos and torment inflicted on the world to test the faith of mankind. REVELATION: THE END OF DAYS is a gripping, dramatic interpretation of how those ancient predictions could unfold in our modern world.

REVELATION: THE END OF DAYS merges drama with re-purposed news archives to thrust a group of fictional characters into an imagining of the “End of Days” events.

REVELATION: THE END OF DAYS has news and documentary elements, it is enlightening and shocking, yet it is also about redemption and faith. Overall, it is a drama about biblical prophecy that is set in the future with a real world feel. The news reports shown in this program have been fictionalized.

Ick.  And who, pray tell, did the producers consult?

We spoke to a number of religious scholars and historians during the course of the production, and there was an academic who advised production throughout–a Biblical historian who specializes in The Book of Revelation and its many interpretations. However, every scholar and religious leader has a different interpretation of the prophecies. REVELATION: THE END OF DAYS is just one fictional interpretation of what could happen if the prophecies of the book of Revelation began to unfold today.

I like that they don’t mention who this ‘academic’ is so that uncomfortable questions about their scholarship can’t be raised.  But they did, they say, consult these ‘scholars’…

**Source Material

The Bible – Old and New Testament
Revelations: Visions, Prophecy and Politics in the Book of Revelation – Elaine Pagels
The End Times in Chronological Order – Ron Rhodes
Are We Living in the End Times? – Tim LaHaye
The End – Mark Hitchcock
Could the Rapture Happen Today? – Mark Hitchcock

Elaine Pagels- everyone’s favorite neo-gnostic-with-an-anti-Christian-ax-to-grind.
Ron Rhodes- Fundamentalist scholar  (how’s that for an oxymoron)
Tim LaHaye- non scholar and not even responsible or talented writer.
Mark Hitchcock- Lawyer become Fundamentalist Pastor

In short, the History Channel didn’t bother to get anyone who knows the apocalyptic genre or proper exegetical and historical/critical methods.  They got a gnostic and a passel of fundamentalists.

So, do you really, really hate yourself enough to watch?  Oh, and History Channel- here’s your Dilly.  You really deserve it…


I Wonder if there Will be a Ham v. Gungor Like the Earlier Ham on Nye

Some Christian singer named Gungor (I’ve never heard of him – probably because contemporary Christian music is as un-interesting to me as the never ending debates about theories of origins) is having disagreements with the Creation Museum / Noah’s Ark literal defender of a literal Genesis Ken Ham.

All of which provokes, in me, a big fat ‘who cares and why is this in the news anyway?’  When a singer and a non-theologian debate the Bible I shrug my shoulders and leave the blind to fight the blind.  It’s like watching two 4 year olds fight.  You know there will be lots of rolling around but very little substantive action and certainly nothing life altering.

Still, both deserve an award for their willingness to debate (things beyond their training and skill) – so here it is:


Are People Really Asking Such Silly Questions?

Did Adam and Eve speak Dutch? A theory dating back to the Renaissance places the Garden of Eden in what is today the Netherlands and Belgium.


Israelis and Jews have it all wrong, apparently. The Promised Land is not where they think. It’s actually a few thousand kilometers to the northwest in the Netherlands and Belgium.

In fact, the Low Countries have the dual honor of being both paradise on Earth and the place where many of the Bible’s most prominent celebrities did their thing, at least according to Johannes Goropius Becanus (1519-1572).

This Renaissance polymath was not only a physician to the royals, he was also an amateur linguist. According to his bizarre theories, the Garden of Eden was actually located in Antwerp, and Adam and Eve spoke the Antwerp dialect of Dutch.

And therein lies the problem. Amateur linguists are just the worst of the Dilettante’s tribe.

His proof? The etymology of their names. According to Becanus, Adam apparently derived from the Dutch compound Haat-Dam (Dam-Against-Hate) and Eve is Eeuw-Vat (The-Eternal-Barrel). He similarly “discovered” origins for Cane, Abel, Noah and other biblical figures. Becanus believed that these etymologies were self-evident; after all, he was convinced that Dutch was the oldest language in the world (Duits, i.e. De Oudst, or The Oldest).

He also theorized that Antwerp was founded by the descendants of Noah, though how they located this low-lying town – only 7.5 meters above sea level – after the reported deluge is unclear.

Though he did have admirers, Becanus and his theories were ridiculed even during his lifetime. His contemporary, Dutch religious leader and historian Joseph Scaliger (1540-1609) scoffed: “I have never read such nonsense.” He derided Becanus as the man who “was not ashamed to criticize Moses for drawing etymologies from Hebrew rather than Dutch.”

Dilettantes always have some weird admirers. There are always people who revel in ignorance. Read the rest of the Ha’aretz essay, it’s quite fun.