Zwinglius Redivivus

The “Jesus Wife” Fragment: Coming Soon To A Theater Near You!

It’s the exciting story of how wanting to find something with all your heart that lends support to one of your pet theories results in shoddy scholarship and utter embarrassment.  Starring Karin Keeng and Antonio Banderas!

You’ll want to take your kids to see it!

Donald Trump’s Jesus is an Idol of Trump’s Construction

Apparently Trump was asked who Jesus is to him.  Here’s his ignorance laced answer:

“Jesus to me is somebody I can think about for security and confidence. Somebody I can revere in terms of bravery and in terms of courage and, because I consider the Christian religion so important, somebody I can totally rely on in my own mind.”

The remark comes ahead of Trump’s speech to 500 evangelical leaders in New York later this month. As a voting bloc, evangelicals are considered crucial to the Republican party, but many have been critical of Trump, with some saying his policies, such as his proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S., and his  U.S.-Mexico border wall are anti-Christian.

Vapidity.  That’s what Republicans are willing to support.  Mindless vapidity.  Not only has Trump never understood the New Testament, he’s never read it.

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The Father Who Forced His Pregnant Daughter to Marry Her Rapist…

Posted in misery, Modern Culture, Total Depravity by Jim on 31/05/2016

Words fail.

An Idaho man will spend about four months in jail for taking his 14-year-old daughter to Missouri to marry a 24-year-old man who raped and impregnated her. The Idaho State Journal reports that the father pleaded guilty to injury to a child last week and Seventh District Judge Gregory Moeller put him behind bars for 120 days, telling him it was about as long as the girl was in a “vile farce of a marriage to a rapist because of you.”

Court documents say the father believed that a man should marry a girl he gets pregnant. He picked a state where 14-year-olds can legally wed. Officials say the girl miscarried and when she returned to Idaho, her mother filed for an annulment. The 24-year-old was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to felony rape.

Four months in prison isn’t nearly enough.

Twitter Theology That Makes Me Sigh

Does Moltmann just make stuff up as he goes so it will fit on a bumper sticker?  Because this is just absurd.  It lacks scriptural foundation, it makes no sense, and it obliterates any sense of free will.  In Moltmann’s disturbed view, you have no choice at all.  God will force himself on you whether you like it or not.

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Tune in next week when Molty says ‘Sacrifice is meaningless and God just really waved a magic wand and declared every person righteous.’

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Signs of the Times… At 4 Years Old her Parents Thought it a Good Thing That she ‘Transition’…

Posted in atheism, misery, Modern Culture by Jim on 17/05/2016

NPR has the story– which I will just leave to you to ponder.  4 year old’s and gender selection…  uhmmm hummmm….

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If You’re a Fan of John MacArthur, You Should Stop It

Posted in misery, pseudo-christianity, pseudo-theology by Jim on 09/05/2016

Is there anything of Christ in the man?  It seems not.

John MacArthur, the Calvinist teacher who previously argued Christian parents should turn their gay children “over to Satan,” has some new thoughts on who is in and who is out: and most Hispanics don’t make the cut.  In the lead up to a conference later this month in the Dominican Republic, John MacArthur has put out a video announcing that he’ll be unable to attend as he planned, but that he will still address the conference using technology.  In the recent video, MacArthur ends his announcement with a mind-numbing statement about why he is so supportive of this conference he’s not personally attending:

“I want to say also that I support that conference 100 percent. I’m deeply committed to the tremendous importance of proclaiming the true Gospel in the Spanish speaking world. We all understand that people in the Hispanic world know about Jesus Christ. They know about the Bible. They know about God. They know about salvation– at least, in some ways. They have biblical terminology because of the impact, historically, of the Roman Catholic church. But they don’t know Christ. And they don’t know the Gospel of grace. And they don’t know the full revelation of Scripture. So, this is a critical, God-ordained conference.” (Original video, here.)

Besides the racist, paternalistic nature of his statement, such blanket statements are universally untrue on the surface– always. One cannot make an absolute, universal statement about an entire group of people– especially a group of people that numbers in the millions– and have it be close to true.

MacArthur is utter rubbish.  And insulting not only to Hispanics, many of whom are brilliant Christians, but insulting to Catholicism (and not in the fun 16th century way).  MacArthur fanboys, your idol is unlearned.

This Is What it Looks Like When Pentebabbleists Pretend to Know God’s Mind

Posted in misery, mockery, Modern Culture, Pentebabbleism, Pentebabbleists by Jim on 04/05/2016

Of Ted Cruz, these Pentebabbleists opined-

Kenneth Copeland: “I believe, with all my heart, that [Ted Cruz] is called and anointed to be the next president of the United States.”

R. Cruz: “God has raised him up for such a time as this.”

George Pearsons: “There’s a new birth, right now, for America, and it’s taking place right before our eyes. And we will not set apart our responsibility and our duty to do what God has called us to do; we say, ‘Yes, Lord, Yes, we will do exactly what You have called us to do’ and we receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the outpouring of the Spirit over Washington, D.C. We see Congress praying, we see them seeking God, we see prayer coming back into our schools, we see the Bible coming back into our schools, we see abortion being turned around, we see this nation being completely restored, completely delivered, for it is a time the new birth of our nation and we’re seeing it right before our eyes, now, in Jesus’ name.”

Via Joel Watts

Zondervan is Why Christian Publishing Companies Should Be Owned By Christians

Because when they aren’t but instead are owned by people who care nothing for theology and have only an eye on profit, they produce theological rubbish like this:

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There’s no such thing as a ‘specialized’ Bible in the first place but when the selling points are ‘gross and gory stuff’ and ‘humorous Bible facts’ and application via doodles and sketches and worst of all, a promise that you’ll be more like Jesus ‘mentally’ and ‘physically’ then what you have at hand is pure garbage.  Do explain, Zonder, how it is that you are so familiar with the inner life of Jesus’s mind that you can assert that young men reading your notes will gain the same mind.

Target is being boycotted by Christians because of their toilet policy.  Zondervan should be boycotted by Christians because these sorts of things, which they publish, belong in the toilet.

It isn’t Christianity that drives Zondervan’s editorial decisions- it’s the almighty dollar and a gullible and ignorant public.

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He Wants to Marry his Laptop… What Gives the Government the Right to tell Him that he Can’t?

Posted in misery, mockery, Modern Culture, sarcasm, satan goes to supper by Jim on 20/04/2016

A former Tennessee lawyer filed a lawsuit in Texas claiming the state is preventing him from marrying his laptop. Mark “Chris” Sevier claims Harris County, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton are getting in the way of his 14th amendment right, according to The Houston Chronicle. The lawsuit says Sevier wants to marry his 2011 MacBook. However, his request for a marriage license was rejected by Harris County. Sevier has filed similar lawsuits in Tennessee, Utah and Florida.

Marriage equality for one subgroup means marriage equality for all subgroups…. right?  because who has the right to tell people what they can or can’t love… right?  Right?

Oh darn, there’s that dreaded law of unintended consequences again.  If only someone had seen it coming…

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Eberhard on Karl: Or, False Claims of Barth’s Superiority

Posted in Barth, misery, Modern Culture, pseudo-scholarship by Jim on 07/04/2016

Karl Barth: Kirchenvater des 20.Jahrhunderts. Eberhard Jüngel über den grossen Schweizer Theologen.

Barth wasn’t the greatest Swiss theologian. That’s just wishful sycophantic thinking.

Vor vierzig Jahren starb der grosse Schweizer Theologe Karl Barth. Mit seinem Einspruch gegen den Kulturprotestantismus hat er die evangelische Theologie revolutioniert. Verbunden mit seiner Theologie war auch sein politischer Widerspruch. So verweigerte er in seiner theologischen Entschlossenheit den Führereid im Dritten Reich. Heute wird fast nur noch über Barths Freundschaft mit Charlotte von Kirschbaum spekuliert. Was aber ist relevant geblieben von seiner Dialektischen Theologie? Der Tübinger Theologe Eberhard Jüngel gilt heute als profiliertester Sachverwalter des Erbes von Karl Barth. Mit Eberhard Jüngel spricht Brigitta Rotach. Buchtipp: Eberhard Jüngels Aufsatz zu Karl Barth in: Denker des Christentums, hrg. Von Christine Axt-Piscalar und Joachim Ringleben. UTB, Mohr Siebeck. Tübingen 2004 weiterführende Literaturhinweise: – Die Akte Karl Barth. Zensur und Überwachung im Namen der Schweizer Neutralität 1938-1945. Hrsg. Eberhard Busch. TVZ Theologischer Verlag Zürich, 2008 – Karl Barth – Charlotte von Kirschbaum. Briefwechsel 1925-1935. Hrsg. Rolf-Joachim Erler. TVZ Theologischer Verlag Zürich, 2008 – Charlotte von Kirschbaum und Karl Barth. Eine biografisch-theologiegeschichtliche Studie. Von Suzanne Selinger. TVZ Theologischer Verlag Zürich, 2004 Wiederholungen der Sternstunde Religion auf SFinfo: Dienstag, 09. Dezember 2008 um 11.00 Uhr VHS- oder DVD-Bestellung direkt: sternkopien@sf.tv

It wasn’t true in 2008 and it still isn’t.  Important?  Sure.  Greatest?  Ridiculous.  (HT Chris ‘Kris’ Tilling).

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