Category Archives: Modern Culture

Calvin Get’s the Last Word Today

As soon as men depart, even in the smallest degree from God’s Word, they cannot preach anything but falsehoods, vanities, impostures errors, and deceits –  John Calvin

People Are The Worst

Someone vandalized the Reformation Wall in Geneva.  And they need to be beaten.

St. Augustine Was Right About One Thing…

AugustineHe was right when he said

“It is only to the holy books that are called ‘canonical’ that I give the honor of believing that none of their authors has erred. Others I read in such a way that, no matter how eminent they appear in knowledge and holiness, nevertheless I do not consider anything right just because they think so, but [only] where they prove it to me with the sayings of the Holy Scriptures or with clear reason.”

It was, by the way, this quote which served as the basis of Luther’s similar declaration at Worms.

Anyone who is persuaded to believe something just because Barth or Brunner or Wright or Zwingli or Calvin or Luther or Ehrman or Tilling or anyone else said it is not to be taken seriously.

Heartwarming Inspiration from Luther

I would sit still and blithely watch how you, the devil, and your sausages and your tripes vainly fret and torment yourselves, and blubber and writhe, achieving nothing except to make us laugh and make you own case worse. Indeed, I would like to see you say aloud what you write, for if you did, people would gather with chains and bars and out of sympathy would seize and bind you as demoniacs. And if people did not do this, then, perhaps at God’s prompting, oxen and swine would trample you to death with their horns and hoofs. — Martin Luther

Quote of the Day

In prosperity you cannot always tell a true friend, but in adversity you cannot mistake an enemy. (Sir. 12:8)

Luther Fulfills his Vow

July 15 (or 17) 1505: Martin Luther fulfills his vow to St. Anne and enters the Augustinian monastery in Erfurt. The night before, he held a small party for his friends where he said his farewells and gave them his law books.

In the monastery Martin lived under the order’s strict rules including seven worships services held throughout the day. These services began at 3 a.m. with Matins. Services continued during the day with Prime (6 a.m.), Terce (9 a.m.), Sext (noon), None and Vespers (3 p.m.), and Compline (before bed at sunset).

Life in the monastery was not easy. Aside from the worship services, each member of the community had his individual duties. All of this was aimed at making penance for his many sins – real and perceived. Because he felt that he could never be sure that he had satisfactorily fulfilled all that he needed to in order to atone for his sins, Martin regularly fasted and beat himself to appease a God whom he had been taught to be a demanding judge.

It was also in the monastery that Martin also took up an intense study of scripture. Here, then, he began to see some of the inconsistencies between scripture and Roman Catholic canon law. But this was only the beginning.

The drawing is a medieval rendering of the the monastery.

Rebecca DeGarmeaux for Katie Luther

Zwingli in the Berlin Cathedral

Thanks, John!

Or So We’re Supposed to Believe

Womansplaining: When a Woman Talks Down to You and Says ‘You Obviously Don’t Understand…’

I understand perfectly well how impeachment works and that doesn’t hinder me from telling Senators to do their job and do what’s necessary to get the House to impeach so that they Senate can vote the scoundrel out.

So your womansplaining isn’t necessary; and is as offensive as mansplaining would be to you.

The End of the Leipzig Disputation

July 15, 1519 was the last day of the Leipzig Disputation.  Schaff remarks

Luther himself was greatly dissatisfied, and regarded the disputation as a mere waste of time. He made, however, a deep impression upon younger men, and many students left Leipzig for Wittenberg. After all, he was more benefited by the disputation and the controversies growing out of it, than his opponents.

The importance of this theological tournament lies in this: that it marks a progress in Luther’s emancipation from the papal system. Here for the first time he denied the divine right and origin of the papacy, and the infallibility of a general council. Henceforward he had nothing left but the divine Scriptures, his private judgment, and his faith in God who guides the course of history by his own Spirit, through all obstructions by human errors, to a glorious end. The ship of the Reformation was cut from its moorings, and had to fight with the winds and waves of the open sea.

So, what may seem a waste of time to you may be a help to someone else…

Quote of the Day

This president’s cruelty is matched by the cowardice of his enablers, who inflict just as much damage on this nation and its ideals. Men and women in elected office shouldn’t get a presumption of normalcy. They must answer for their silence in the face of bigotry and misogyny. — Dan Rather

August 16!

Intolerance is Why Trump is President

And the attacks of the left against Mr Foster of Mississippi are more evidence of that fact.

‘Tolerant’ people sure are intolerant of a guy who has made a personal decision. They are precisely why Trump is president. Precisely why he will be reelected.

Why not let Mr Foster make his own decisions and you make your own. That’s tolerance. Hypocrites.

Immigrants in Cages: The Christian Response v. the Response of the Utterly Godless

Christian

Godless pagan.

Diarmaid MacCulloch Is Annoyed with Henry VIII, and Other Insights into His Thinking

Read the very interesting interview in the Guardian here.  Here’s my favorite Q&A-

What books are on your bedside table?
A lot of Scandi noir. I relax to well-crafted murder.

Don’t we all….  don’t.  We.  All.

I’ve Never Been More Proud to Score a Zero

Signs of the Times

Jerome: On Cowardice

caravaggio-st-jeromeAlthough I will not listen to fault-finders, I will follow the advice of teachers. To direct the fighter how to fight when you yourself occupy a post of vantage on the wall is a kind of teaching that does not commend itself; and when you are yourself bathed in perfumes, it is unworthy to charge a bleeding soldier with cowardice.

Nor in saying this do I lay myself open to a charge of boasting that while others have slept I only have entered the lists. My meaning simply is that men who have seen me wounded in this warfare may possibly be a little too cautious in their methods of fighting.

I would not have you engage in an encounter in which you will have nothing to do but to protect yourself, your right hand remaining motionless while your left manages your shield. You must either strike or fall. I cannot account you a victor unless I see your opponent put to the sword. – St. Jerome

Truth

Quote of the Day

“I do not know how those who like to have nails much longer than necessary can keep them free of dirt” – Cyril of Alexandria