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Reminder: The 32nd Patristics Carnival Is Next Week!

Patristics Carnival XXXII

Please get in your submissions, and please spread the word!

Here is a re-post of the announcement and rules:

“As I stated before, I am sticking to the format Phil proposed a few years ago:

“” A. Eligibility
Any blog entry dealing with an aspect of Patristics included, but not limited
to textual studies of a patristic writer, translations of the patristic
writer, historical research on the patristic period, reflections on the
connections of the Church Fathers to today, influence of patristic authors in
theological writing (I’m sure there are more categories possible, so, the
rule is submit or ask and we’ll figure it out as we go.)The final
determination of the eligibility of a post must rest with the host (I propose
to do the hosting first)
Amendment- November 12th [2006] add discussion of Christian Apocrypha” “

In this carnival, posts on historical theology prior to the Catholic and Protestant Reformations, articles on these topics, new developments and news, book reviews will all be eligible for this carnival.

This carnival will be posted between February 28th and March 3rd, 2013. Please have your recommendations for this carnival submitted no later than February 26th, 2013.

To submit nominations for the carnival, place a comment on this post (the call for submissions), email the carnival at PATRISTICSCARNIVAL [A] HOTMAIL.COM, or send a message to the Political Jesus Facebook Page.

If you are interested in being a host for the Patristics Carnival in the future, please contact me through the above means mentioned.”


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I Joined #NaNOWrimo This Year: As a #NaNoRebel for Church History!

In case you hadn’t noticed a new logo on the side bar of this site, I have decided to do National Novel Writing Month this year, as NaNoRebel of course in Political Jesus fashion. National Novel Writing Month is a group of people dedicated to writing a fiction novel of 50,000 words or more for the month of November.

Taking a break from being a pop culturalist, I wanted to get back to my first love, Church History, and try do a possible book accessible for laypersons, but at the same time, challenge the way church history is being done. Right now, I am challenging the idea that church history starts with the Jewish and Christian split in the first century, as if Gentiles and Jews don’t have a back-story or context.

I promise to keep you all updated.

What would you look for in a church history book?

Glenn Beck And David Barton Talk to David Walker; Learn Thomas Jefferson Wasn't A Christian #FoundersBible

The following is a very short example of the genealogical method at work. To do a genealogy when it comes to the study of the history of anything, first, you take the texts that the majority/powerful talk about (the canon). Next, you take the texts of those of the minority/those with less power. Lastly, you read them together. An over-simplistic and brief overview of hard work that people do nowadays.

Cover of "David Walker's Appeal"

Cover of David Walker’s Appeal

David Walker’s APPEAL has been an overlooked document when it comes to doing history of the world. In fact, because of our racist gazes, it’s perpetually stuck in Black History Land, speaking to only the particular concerns of African Americans. Reading David Walker’s APPEAL as a theological text would suffice, and so would it even biblical interpretation. With the final and third edition printed in 1830, Walker left his mark on the world. Yes, it is a Christian anti-slavery document. More importantly, Walker offers us insight into what Jefferson’s own contemporaries believed about Jefferson, who David Barton and Glenn Beck,amateur historians and professional lying con con men claim to be a bible believing evangelical Christian. Walker’s analysis is brilliant and underrated, a work of Blerd Power to be sure. David Walker starts with the histories of ancient Greece, how the Helots were mistreated by the Spartans, and does a comparative study, showing that the pagans treated their slaves better than the Christians in colonial America.

Walker quotes Thomas Jefferson,

“Yet notwithstanding these and other discouraging circumstances among the Romans, their slaves were often their rarest artists. They excelled too, in science, insomuch as to be usually employed as tutors to their master’s children; Epicetus, Terence, and Phaedrus, were slave–but they were of the race OF WHITES. It is not their condition then, but their nature, which has produced the distinction.”

And there you have it; Thomas Jefferson promoting White Supremacy. In contrast, Jefferson says that blacks have been cursed with their black skin (how unfortunate!). It’s just not that Jefferson owned slaves, slept/raped his slave women and had kids by them, he was practicing what he believed, that black people were not human.

David Walker again and again cites Thomas Jefferson, and especially his Notes On The State of Virginia (linked here):

“I advance it therefore as a suspicion only, that the blacks, whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are INFERIOR to the whites in the endowments both of body and mind.”

Blacks were animals, they were not human in Jefferson’s eyes. No where in Jefferson’s statements did he mention anything about God being creator of all of humanity, that we are all made in the image of God. Why? Because quite frankly, Jefferson was a non-Christian. David Walker groups Thomas Jefferson with the PAGAN philosophers of the past. In the second half of Walker’s APPEAL, Walker argues against “fellow Christians” like Bartholomew De La Casas and Henry Clay “The Great Compromiser” but Jefferson is not in their number.

To conclude his essay, Walker ends with a hymn by one of the Wesley brothers, and interestingly enough, excerpts from the Book of Common Prayer.

“Shall I for fear of feeble man, The Spirit’s course in me restrain? Or, undismay’d in deed and word, Be a true witness of my LORD.”

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