Category Archives: pseudo-scholarship

Mark Driscoll: He’s Still a Plagiarist, but Now He’s Pretending to be a Theologian

And he’s ‘written’ a book on ‘theology’ and CRT.  And my buddy Wenatchee the Hatchet shows just how awful Driscoll continues to be.

Heavens but Driscoll is a tiresome boor and lamentable incompetent.

Reminder: Don’t Get Your Theology From ‘Financial Advisors’

Seeing Christ in All Aspects of Scripture Isn’t How The Bible Works

The problems with this approach are numerous.  Chiefly

  1. It flattens Scripture
  2. It eisegetes
  3. It’s Marcionite when applied to the Old Testament
  4. It’s simply wrong hermeneutically

Christ isn’t everywhere in Scripture.  He’s where he’s said to be by Scripture.  It may be a proper approach in certain quarters of Fundamentalism, but as a means of reading the Bible, it is misleading.  And at its heart, it isn’t even Christian because it lies about the Bible.

How to Spot a Dilettante

Watch for a citation from Strong’s Concordance.  This will show that the person knows neither Hebrew nor Greek and that they are dependent on third hand information which they themselves do not, and never will, understand.

Don’t get your biblical interpretation from dilettantes.  They’re always inept.  They never understand the meaning or context of Scripture, and they consistently bastardize it.

Many Recent Books About Jesus In One Sentence

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Dilly of a Dilettante

Every bit of this is aggressively ignorant. Invincibly ignorant.

Here’s Your Dilly, Mr Gipp

This guy deserves a Dilly the Dilettante Award more than anyone in years.  Here’s why:

The first question you should ask when talking with a “scholar” about this topic is “Do you accept the Bible as your final authority in all matters of faith and practice”?  If he says “yes” he just threw out his education.  If he says “no” then the conversation is over.  There is no reason to continue the conversation.  It’s a waste of time to talk with someone who doesn’t accept the Bible as their final authority in all matters of faith and practice.

And this

If you think about it, a translation is either going to be superior to an original, equal to an original, or inferior to an original.  These are the only options. According to our final authority in all matters of faith and practice, we find that a translation is always superior.

You don’t acquire that kind of ignorance in a few days.  That sort of stupidity takes decades to perfect.

But this bit, on why translations are ALWAYS better, takes the dilettante cake:

In discussing the originals versus translations, it’s important to remember these five ways a translation is superior.

-It’s all in one volume.  The originals were never in one binding.
-Book, chapter, and verse markings.  The originals were not written that way.
-More durable.  You couldn’t haul the originals around like you carry your Bible.
-It’s in English.  English is the language of the world.
-Multiple copies.  There never was a time when the originals were ever together in one book.  If they had been, there would only be one.

Wow.  Here’s your VERY well deserved Dilly, Mr Gipp.  And may God have mercy on whatever congregation has the sad misery of having to listen to your word vomit Dreck.

Think the ‘Ark Encounter’ is Off Kilter? Just Wait till You See the ‘Tower of Babel’ they’re Building

A Bible-themed attraction in Kentucky that features a 510-foot-long (155-meter-long) wooden Noah’s ark is planning to begin fundraising for an expansion.

The Ark Encounter said Wednesday that it would take about three years to research, plan and build a “Tower of Babel” attraction on the park’s grounds in northern Kentucky.

A release from the Ark Encounter park said the new attraction will “tackle the racism issue” by helping visitors “understand how genetics research and the Bible confirm the origin of all people groups around the world.” No other details were given on the Babel attraction or what it might look like.

Blerg.

Answers in Genesis, the ministry behind the ark, raised private funds to construct and open the massive wooden attraction in 2016. The group preaches a strict interpretation of the Earth’s creation in the Bible. The group also founded The Creation Museum, which asserts that dinosaurs walked the earth just a few thousand years ago, millions of years after scientists say they went extinct. That facility is just south of Cincinnati in Boone County, Kentucky.

The Ark Encounter’s expansion plans also include an indoor model of “what Jerusalem may have looked like in the time of Christ.”

Chain the Bible to the pulpits again.  It’s the only way to keep the loons away.

Reason 8,099,946 That Most People Shouldn’t be Allowed Near the Bible

Using ‘bible study’ as a cover for insane political plans.

Stay away from the Bible, dilettantes with political motivations.

This is Why Dilettantes Should Never Be Allowed Anywhere Near the Bible

What The…. Boy, Talk About Imagining a Suit on the Basis of a Button…

Can we say ‘speculative overreach’?

Progs Are Hilarious

Progs love to cite atheists and highlight their work (books, blogs, tweets, etc.) because doing so makes the progs look proggy.  And there’s no truth or fact or orthodox belief they aren’t willing to sacrifice on the altar of ‘progressivism’.  And it’s hilarious.

Heretical Bible Project Halted

The ‘God Bless the USA Bible’ is not going to happen.

A new Bible that includes singer Lee Greenwood’s licensed lyrics to “God Bless the USA” and America’s Pledge of Allegiance is off to a rough start.

The custom Bible’s Tennessee-based seller, marketing firm Elite Source Pro. led by Hugh Kirkpatrick, lost a manufacturing agreement to print the New International Version Bible text after a petition circulated in response to reporting by ReligionUnplugged, asking Zondervan and HarperCollins to drop the project. Neither HarperCollins nor its evangelical publishing groups Zondervan and Thomas Nelson will support the Bible product anymore. Zondervan released a statement to Religion Unplugged that the publisher never finalized a formal agreement with Elite Source Pro.

It was heresy from the start and its death is not to be mourned.

Oh Brandan, Just Stop

This is so ignorant.

Mommas, don’t let your babies grow up to be pseudo-theologians and ignorant commentators upon the bible.  It’s embarrassing.  For them.

Today’s Dumbest Tweet and This Week’s Dilly Winner

And probably the dumbest tweet of the year, but there’s still several months to go.

This is a prime example of someone bereft of understanding of either the Jesus movement or the dynamics of early Christian history.

Here’s your Dilly:

Absolute Theological Garbage

Zondervan is what happens when an Australian far right media mogul buys a publishing company: it produces absolute theological garbage.

Zondervan, a giant in Bible publishing, has agreed to license a “God Bless the USA Bible” that includes America’s founding documents and will ship to customers this September to mark 20 years after 9/11, according to the Bible’s Tennessee-based seller.

In its last pages, the custom Bible pre-selling for $49.99 includes the full texts of the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence and pledge of allegiance. The holy book also includes licensed lyrics to the popular 1984 song by country music singer-songwriter Lee Greenwood, “God Bless the USA.” The song has a long history. It rose in prominence after the Gulf War and again after 9/11 in 2001. More recently it became known as the chorus for Trump rallies, but many artists have performed their own versions, including Dolly Parton and Beyoncé.

Garbage.

More Garbage in the Pipeline

And no, I’m not talking about another NTW book soon to come.  I mean another crazy ‘discovery’ sans provenance that will make waves and stir the ignorant and doubtless end up published in Harvard Theological Review.

New Zealand Isn’t Putting Up With Your Anti-Vaxxer Dilettantism

A mother, who had previously opposed haircuts and dental visits for her children, did not want them to get a measles vaccination forcing Oranga Tamariki to turn to the court. The two children were in the interim custody of Oranga Tamariki where permission from a parent or guardian was necessary for things like medical procedures.

Judge Anthony Mahon in the Manukau Family Court heard the application in July last year. The only way the children could be vaccinated against their mother’s wishes was for Oranga Tamariki to become their guardians. The application was done for the specific purpose of vaccinating both children. However, the mother opposed it, saying vaccines contained mercury, she was concerned about side effects and that not vaccinating them had not led to them catching the diseases.

At the hearing in July, Oranga Tamariki brought in associate professor at the Auckland Medical School and immunisation expert Dr Helen Petousis-Harris who refuted the mother’s claims and said the vaccines were so safe the only side effect of long-term risk was suffering an anaphylactic shock.

The mother was not convinced, and questioned whether if neither of the children had contracted any of the diseases they had a resilience that made vaccination inappropriate. Petousis-Harris said it was good luck rather than any other factor that the children had not caught the measles or any other diseases. The mother told the court she had a degree in biblical counselling and her strongest objection to the vaccines was on religious grounds.

Lunacy.  Having a degree in ‘biblical counseling’ (whatever that is) is meaningless in medicine.

Judge Mahon said the mother believed anyone could read the information on the Internet and reach an informed view, and she did not accept the expert’s view before her own.

“In other words, the mother’s Internet research, which had found multiple sources of data opposed to vaccination, meant she could have an opinion which could carry the same weight with the court as that of the expert. “She felt that her detailed Internet search of articles on the issues enabled her to reach her own, equally as authoritative conclusions on the risks of immunisations for her children.”  He said the mother was not able to provide documentary proof and from her point of view there was no risk to the children if they were not vaccinated.  The judge did not accept her opposition.

Dilettantes… they really are unhinged.  Here she is, ‘researching’.

Only In America…

Would anyone think of writing such rubbish and would anyone think of buying such rubbish.

How to Profit From the Coming Rapture: Getting Ahead When You’re Left Behind.

Are the end times near? Is the Rapture really just around the corner? Could Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson possibly be right? About 1 billion people among us believe, yes, absolutely.

And that means one thing: investment opportunities!

For those who are not as expertly versed in the Book of Revelation, Ellis Weiner and Barbara Davilman, authors of the bestselling Yiddish with Dick and Jane, helpfully offer both illumination and advice: What exactly is the Rapture, anyway? How is it different from the Tribulation? Who are the Antichrist, the Four Horsemen, and the 144,000 male virgins, and what do they want? And, most important, how can I make money during the 7 years of societal breakdown before Armaggedon?

Taking the familiar form of a how-to investment guide, How to Profit From the Coming Rapture instructs those readers who will certainly be left behind (Jews, Catholics, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, less ardent Protestants, and many more) on how to exploit the inevitable demise of the world in order to make a tidy profit. Sure, the rivers and seas will run with blood, locusts will swarm, mountains will move all over the place, and famine will strike. But for the five billion of us left behind, the post-Rapture world will be a time of even more unique investment opportunities.

Lunatics.

According to This Republican Woman, Slaves Loved their Masters… And She’s Exhibit 99,000 Why Most People Shouldn’t Be Allowed Within a Mile of the Bible

Honestly, you can’t make up this kind of ignorance.

The president of the Woman’s Republican Club of New Orleans this week defended a lawmaker from her party who believes that schools should teach the “good” of slavery.

I think people who think slavery is good should be slaves.

In a post to Facebook on Sunday, Martha Huckabay — a former delegate for Donald Trump — lashed out at a CNN segment which criticized Louisiana state Rep. Ray Garofalo (R-LA), who said that children should learn “about everything dealing with slavery, the good, the bad, the ugly.”

Huckabay took issue with GOP state Rep. Stephanie Hilferty after she criticized Garofalo.

“You are right Stephanie Hilferty ‘none of us were around when slavery occurred,'” Huckabay wrote. “Slavery goes all they way back to biblical times, and if you’ve read your Bible, you would know that many of the slaves loved their masters, and their masters loved them, and took very good care of them, and their families.”

You can always tell the fake bible scholars: they generalize.

She continued: “The question he should have pushed back her way was was their [sic] marriages in slavery? Were families and precious babies born (and I am talking about LIFE itself) into or out of slavery? Were slave owners ever known to be ‘GOOD’ to their slaves? Were slaves ever known to LOVE their masters?”

Stop.  Just stop.  These people are utterly ignorant and thoroughly immoral.

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