More on the Highly Anticipated Zwingli Film

Wer etwas über die Schweizer Geschichte erfahren will, der kommt am Leben von Huldrych Zwingli nicht vorbei. Ab dem 17. Januar kann das Wissen über den Zürcher Reformator im Kino aufgefrischt werden. Dann läuft der historische Spiel-Film Zwinglian. Geht es nach der Schweizer Produktionsfirma C-Films AG, soll die Geschichte Zwinglis insbesondere Schülerinnen und Schülern zugänglich gemacht werden. Für Schulklassen finden deshalb anfangs Februar in den Städten Bern, Basel, Luzern und St. Gallen je eine Kino-Vorführung inklusive Fragerunden mit den Machern des Filmes statt, wie es in einer Medienmitteilung heisst.

Etc.  Read it!

The ‘Homeless Man’ Go Fund Me Scam

This is why I NEVER have and never will send any money to any organization or person that I do not PERSONALLY know.  This is why those who don’t believe the doctrine of total depravity are fools.

The New Jersey couple who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in a viral charity campaign for a homeless man were allegedly working with the vagrant as part of an elaborate ruse, according to a new report.

Prosecutors believe that Mark D’Amico and Kate McClure conspired with homeless man Johnny Bobbitt to create their get-rich-quick scheme in 2017, NBC’s Philadelphia affiliate reported Wednesday.

The couple turned themselves in to authorities on Wednesday, but Bobbitt was still at large, the news station said.

According a source who spoke to the news outlet, which said it had a copy of a criminal complaint, all three are expected to face charges of conspiracy and theft by deception for working together to create the ruse. The Burlington County Prosecutor’s office is expected to make an announcement in the case Thursday, according to multiple reports.

What despicable, deplorable, depraved wretches.

Ursula: Kinoaufführung in Verbund mit der Ausstellung “Schatten der Reformation”

In den Wirren der Zürcher Reformation verlieben sich Ursula und der Bauernsohn und Söldner Hansli. Ursula hat sich den Täufern angeschlossen – dem «linken» Flügel der Reformation. Diese fordern unter anderem Glaubensfreiheit und die Trennung von Kirche und Staat. Das Sakrament der Ehe lehnen sie ab. Hansli hingegen begeistert sich für die Lehren Huldrych Zwinglis. Erst auf dem Schlachtfeld von Kappel finden die beiden ihr gemeinsames Glück.

Die Verfilmung von Gottfried Kellers Novelle – am Bettagssonntag 1978 ausgestrahlt – wurde wegen ihren zum Teil drastischen Bildern, aber auch wegen ihrer kontroversen Darstellung von Zwingli und den Täufern zum Fernsehskandal.


Time Together With ‘Zwingli’s Wife’

Oh man…  I need to be rich so I can jet off to these things!

Im Januar kommt – 500 Jahre nach seinem Amtsantritt in Zürich – Ulrich Zwingli in die Kinos. Es ist eine der grössten Schweizer Filmproduktionen und wir freuen uns darauf, den Event mit verschiedenen Anlässen inhaltlich begleiten zu dürfen. Der Film heisst schlicht «Zwingli». Aber ganz klar: Es geht nicht nur um seine Person und seine Ideen, sondern auch um die Menschen, die um ihn waren und die Bewegung mitgetragen, mitbefördert, die mitgedacht, mitgelitten und mitgestritten haben. Wer, wenn nicht seine Ehefrau, die er geliebt und als Priester geheiratet hat, könnte da nicht ein Lied davon singen: Anna Reinhart.

Wir haben schon einige Veranstaltungen und Projekte rund um das Thema Frauen im Rahmen des Reformationsjubiläums gestalten und damit eine Bewusstseinsschärfung fördern dürfen. In der vierten Ausgabe der Veranstaltungsreihe «Update Reformationsjubiläum» sprechen wir für einmal anders über die Frage von Rollen: Reformationsbotschafterin und Pfarrerin Catherine McMillan unterhält sich mit der Schauspielerin Sarah Sophia Meyer, die im Film Anna Reinhart verkörpert und am Schauspielhaus Graz tätig ist. Was sind ihre ganz persönlichen Gedanken, Erfahrungen, was hat der Film und die Auseinandersetzung mit der Geschichte, den Personen, der Frau und Rolle Anna sowie dem Gedankengut der Umwälzungen von vor 500 Jahren mit ihr gemacht und welche Botschaft möchte sie vermitteln? Freuen Sie sich mit uns auf einen anregenden Abend mit anschliessender Diskussion und Apéro.

#ICYMI – Storm: Luther’s Forbidden Letter

When his father is arrested for printing a forbidden letter written by controversial reformer Martin Luther, 12-year-old Storm escapes with the original. On the run from authorities, Storm finds unexpected help from Maria, a young girl who lives in the city’s underground tunnels. In a race against time, Storm tries to save his father from execution and get the letter into safe hands. But whom can he trust? What starts out as a fearful flight becomes a bold fight for freedom.

My assessment of this really delightful film (in its subtitled version) is posted here.  The link in the paragraph above is to the English version of the movie.

I assure you, you’ll love it.

I Would Absolutely Buy It


Specifically targeting the lucrative Christian market for the first time in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Amazon just released a new version of its Amazon Echo device that is shaped like Reformer Martin Luther.

Dubbed the “Amazon Luther,” the new device is programmed to answer all your theology questions in the Reformer’s trademark aggressive tone and style.

An Amazon rep gave a demo at the press conference announcing the device, showing off some of its dynamic responses:

“Luther, can you tell me about the Pope?”

The Pope is a mere tormentor of conscience. The assembly of his greased and religious crew in praying is altogether like the croaking of frogs, which edifies nothing at all.

“Luther, am I a good person?”

You are a sinner, you’re dead, you’re eaten up with corruption. Every free choice of yours is evil and not good.

“Luther, is Joel Osteen a solid preacher?”

Yes, Joel is an excellent person, as skillful, clever, and versed in Holy Scripture as a cow in a walnut tree or a sow on a harp.

The device was programmed to showcase as much scathing wit as Martin Luther had himself as he responded to his various theological and political foes throughout his years, and will quickly snap back to anything you ask it with a “brutal fatality,” claim Amazon’s product engineers.

According to Amazon, the device will also be able to order beer straight to the user’s home, jovially shouting, “Yes, let us drink beer!” whenever the consumer does so.

I’d buy one for every room.

The New iPhone Has Features for the Christian Sermon Ignorer

The new Apple iPhone will now include a “panic button” that will allow Christians to quickly switch from Facebook, other social media, or video games over to the Bible app for whenever they get caught messing around on their phone in church, Apple announced Tuesday.

The feature can be added on for just $299 as an option while purchasing your new iPhone online.

Speaking at the highly anticipated iPhone 8 event Tuesday morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook demonstrated how the easily accessible button will instantly pull up the passage being preached on, hiding from viewers how you were actually goofing off on your phone just moments before.

“No matter if you’re commanding your armies in Clash of Clans or Facebook-stalking an old friend from high school, the iPanic Button will immediately make it look like you’re actually paying attention to the sermon,” Cook said to wild cheers from the audience. “Now you can look spiritual to the ushers, deacons, and passersby without having to hear a single word the pastor preaches each Sunday.”

“There’s just one more thing,” he added as the crowd leaned in with suspense. “The iPhone 8 will also automatically check you in at church, so your reputation as a holy Christian will be broadcast to all your friends and family.”

The crowd went wild, and Apple’s website went down almost immediately due to the volume of Christians attempting to order the phone.

Browse on, brave Christian.  Browse on…

No, They Haven’t Found ‘Links to King David’ in Jerusalem

You guys need to stop it.  Just STOP IT.

This is how stupid ‘journalism’ works these days:  The claim:

A lost city dating to the rule of King David from the Old Testament has been uncovered in Jerusalem.

The irrelevant side bit:

King David is an ancestor of Jesus, according to biblical sources, which say he ruled around BC 1,000.

The supposition without evidence:

Experts say that recently-found ruins date to the 10th century BC.

And now the giant leap:

This ties in with the timeframe for when the bible says King David existed, making the link between the two ‘plausible’, researchers claim.

The timeframe?  For when the Bible says….  making the link plausible????   Good grief.  This is poor logic combined with speculation combined with unsubstantiated claims.  And it needs to stop.

The witless observation:

The finding is likely to fuel the debate surrounding whether Biblical figures such as King David actually existed, however.

Shut up forever.  The entire journalistic profession is festooned with imbeciles who can’t bother to ask actual experts about things before they publish them and as a result the ignorant general public is fed crap and actual scholars pass out from asphyxiation from laughing so hard at them.

Come on media, be better.  Do better.

The First Issue of a New Religion Journal is Yours For the Reading

The Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture is a peer-reviewed academic journal publishing three issues per year. RMDC publishes original work that contributes to social-scientific discussion of the relationship between religion, media and culture. Studies of any religious tradition, medium or geographical region are welcome. The journal’s primary focus is on recent and contemporary media, but historical studies may also be considered. Theological writings will not normally be accepted for publication.

‘Paul, Apostle of Christ’, the Movie, is Rubbish

Here’s Matthew Anderson on it-

The poster for Paul, Apostle of Christ shows a steely-eyed Paul (James Faulkner) gazing straight at the viewer. Luke, played by Jim Caviezel, (Jesus in The Passion of the Christ), stands resolutely beside him. Two handsome, sun-beaten white actors with strong noses and strong chins play heroes of the Christian faith. What could possibly be wrong?

In terms of historical accuracy, there’s much wrong. And much at stake. Paul, Apostle of Christ is one of an upsurge in Bible-themed movies that romanticize and distort the past and risk present-day harm. Such films are like soda pop: Sweet, easy to swallow, but harmful as a steady diet.

Etc.  Like all Bible movies, this one is worth missing.

A Movie About Paul is Coming In 2018

Oh boy…  (said in the same tone one would hear from a man were one to overhear that man being told he has to have a vasectomy as he voiced his reaction…)

Affirm Films, who are the faith-based branch of Sony have announced that they are currently filming a new movie about the apostle Paul due for release next year. Affirm are also currently putting the finishing touches on The Star ahead of its 10th November release later in the year.

Paul, Apostle of Christ will star James Faulkner in the leading role, supported by Passion of the Christs Jim Caviezel as Luke,  A.D. The Bible Continues‘ Joanna Whalley as Priscilla, and The Fall’s John Lynch as Aquilla. Lynch also starred as Gabriel in the BBC’s The Passion (2010). Interestingly the IMDb also lists Yorgos Karamihos as playing Saul of Tarsus, suggesting there might be a bit of a jump between Paul’s ministry to the Jews and his ministry to the Gentiles.

Oh boy (snip)…

An Interview About a Film About Zwingli

With Anne Walser:

Frau Walser, die Firma C-Films plant für dieses Jahr einen Film über Huldrich Zwingli. Wann starten Sie mit den Dreharbeiten?

Die eigentlichen Dreharbeiten werden innerhalb von sieben Wochen ab Februar 2018 stattfinden, damit eine Weltpremiere des Filmes im Januar 2019 stattfinden kann – genau fünfhundert Jahre zuvor hat Zwingli seine Stelle als Leutpriester am Grossmünster angetreten. Die Vorbereitungen laufen aber jetzt schon auf Hochtouren. Es ist ein sehr ambitiöses Projekt, Zürich im Mittelalter darstellen zu wollen. Neben Zürich werden wir auch in Stein am Rhein, das noch über eine vollkommen erhaltene mittelalterliche Altstadt verfügt, drehen.


2019 findet das Zwingli-Jahr statt. Spüren Sie dadurch ein grösseres Interesse an Ihrem Projekt?

Unbedingt gewinnt der Film damit eine Aktualität. Europa würdigt in den kommenden Jahren mit einer Vielzahl unterschiedlichster Aktivitäten die Welt der Reformation. Der Film «Zwingli – der Reformator» wird dabei sicherlich das grosse Highlight im Reigen dieser Aktionen werden: Wir machen Historie nachhaltig erlebbar und greifbar. Generationenübergreifend und für jedermann zugänglich wird Zwinglis einzigartiger Werdegang beschrieben: eine starke, in der Öffentlichkeit neu und differenziert wahr-genommene Figur.

And more.  I. Can’t. Wait.

Storm and Luther’s Forbidden Letter

I mentioned this film some time ago and was very pleased to watch a subtitled version and review it.  Now, brilliantly, the producers and distributors have made an English version!

When his father is arrested for printing a forbidden letter written by controversial reformer Martin Luther, 12-year-old Storm escapes with the original. On the run from authorities, Storm finds unexpected help from Maria, a young girl who lives in the city’s underground tunnels. In a race against time, Storm tries to save his father from execution and get the letter into safe hands. But whom can he trust? What starts out as a fearful flight becomes a bold fight for freedom.

You owe it to yourself to watch this film!  It’s one of the best dramatizations of life in Luther’s day that has yet been produced.

To Have Integrity, Journalists Need to Connect With Academics

This is a very fine reminder for journalists to deepen their work through academic connections.  And a very much needed one at that.

A[s] this year alone would highlight, in this current age of post-truth, in order to maintain the journalistic standard that Sir Charles Wheeler set out – one  of “integrity, authority, humanity and evidence” – academic research is vital.

Read it all.