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Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Chuck Berry: "...when you sin, go ahead and sin."

But if you like all music, then variety adds to the performance. We'd do "Day-O" ["Banana Boat Song"] by Harry Belafonte, "Jamaica Farewell," then jump back with some Muddy, then some sweet Nat. No spirituals, though. I always say, when you sin, go ahead and sin. When you ask forgiveness [laughs], you know-keep it separate!
Doerschuk, Robert L., ed., Playing from the Heart: Great Musicians Talk About Their Craft, San Francisco: Backbeat Books, 2002, p. 7.

Friday, 3 January 2014

The Douay-Reims Translators—the Jesuits and the Blood of Saints

Drunken of the bloud.] [...] The Protestants folishly expound it of Rome, for that there they put Heretikes to death, and allovv of their punishment in other countries: but their bloud is not called the bloud saints, no more then the bloud of theeues, mankillers, and other malefactors: for the sheding of vvhich by order of iustice, no Commonvvealth shal ansvver.
Comments on the Apocalypse 17:6, The Holy Bible, faithfully translated into English out of the authentical Latin, diligently conferred with the Hebrew, Greek, & other editions in divers languages (1610 A.D. Douay Old Testament, 1582 A.D. Rheims New Testament), printed by Iohn Cousturier, 1635, NT, p. 731.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

The French Revolution and the Bible

[Translation: The [legislative] council took up their agenda, motivated by this that Reason and Truth would no longer permit any illusion to impinge upon the sights or imagination of the people. We recall here two citations from our preamble [to our constitution]: the motion against the bell towers and the order for the demolition of the sculptures of [the cathedral of] Notre Dame. The Monitor does not name the author of the motion. The Journal de Paris, 1793 n. CCCXVIII tells us that it was Hébert. This paper says: "Members of the popular Society of the Museum entered the council meeting crying out, Long live [human] reason!. They carried a stick holding the smoking remains of a book and announced that the books of scripture portions, the missals, the schedules of holy activities, and the Old and New Testaments, expiated (paid the penalty) in a large fire in the plaza of the Temple of Reason, for all their foolish insults which they had committed against the human species. — Hébert then told the counsel that in the section of Bonne-Nouvelle [a subdivision of Paris in effect during the Revolution], every decadi [the ten-day week of the Revolution], in the temple of Reason, we will have a course on morals; adding that the parishioners of the area had torn down [or "vandalized"] their bell tower. He proposed that, following this example, all the bell towers of Paris be torn down because they seemed to thwart the principle of equality. The council adopted the principle, and sent their action to the department [area government]."]

Le conseil passa à l'ordre du jour, motivé sur ce que la Raison et la Vérité, ne permettaient plus qu'aucun simulacre frappât les regards ou l'imagination du peuple. Nous rappellerons ici deux citations de notre préambule, la motion contre les clochers, et l'arrêté pour la démolition des sculptures de Notre-Dame. Le Moniteur ne nomme pas l'auteur de la motion. Le Journal de Paris, 1793, n. CCCXVIII, nous apprend que ce fut Hébert. Cette feuille dit: « La société populaire du Muséum entre au conseil en criant: Vive la Raison! et porte au bout d'un bâton les restes d'un livre encore fumant, elle annonce que les bréviaires, les missels, les heures de Sainte-Brigitte, l'ancien et le nouveau Testament, ont expié, dans un grand feu, sur la place du temple de la Raison, toutes les sottises qu'ils ont fait commettre à l'espèce humaine. Hébert instruit ensuite le conseil que, dans la section de Bonne-Nouvelle, on fera, chaque décadi, dans le temple de la Raison, un cours de morale; il ajoute que cette section a fait abaitre son clocher; il propose en conséquence que l'on abatte tous les clochers de Paris, parce qu'ils semblent contrarier les principes de l'égalité. Le counseil adopte le principe, et renvoie cet arrété au département. »
Buchez, Philippe-Joseph-Benjamin and Prosper-Charles Roux, Histoire Parlementaire de la Révolution Francaise, Paris: Paulin, Libraire, 1837, v. 30, pp. 200-201.

Music and Demon-Possession

It may be said in general of possessed persons, that sometimes people who cannot sing, are able when possessed to do so; others who ordinarily cannot write verses, when possessed compose in rhyme with ease.
Nevius, John Livingston, Demon Possession and Allied Themes: being an inductive study of phenomena of our own times, Chicago; New York; Toronto: Fleming H. Revell, 1894, p. 58.

The Council of Trent, the Bible, and Tradition

The Council [of Trent] agreed fully with Ambrosius Pelargus, that under no condition should the Protestants be allowed to triumph by saying that the council had condemned the doctrine of the ancient church. But this practice caused untold difficulty without being able to guarantee certainty. For this business, indeed, ‘well-nigh divine prudence’ was requisite—which the Spanish ambassador acknowledged as belonging to the council on the sixteenth of March, 1562. Indeed, thus far they had not been able to orient themselves to the interchanging, crisscrossing, labyrinthine, twisting passages of an older and newer concept of tradition. But even in this they were to succeed. Finally, at the last opening [see editors’ note] on the eighteenth of January, 1562, all hesitation was set aside: [Gaspar de Fosso] the Archbishop of Reggio made a speech [see No. 1443] in which he openly declared that tradition stood above Scripture. The authority of the church could therefore not be bound to the authority of the Scriptures, because the church had changed circumcision into baptism, Sabbath into Sunday, not by the command of Christ, but by its own authority. With this, to be sure, the last illusion was destroyed, and it was declared that tradition does not signify antiquity, but continual inspiration.

[Editors’ note: This "last opening" of the Council of Trent was not the last day, but the opening of the 17th session, the first meeting of the last series of sessions that was opened, after a lapse of time, under a new pope. The council was in session for longer or shorter periods over a series of years.]
Neufeld, Don F. and Julia Neuffer, eds., Seventh-day Adventist Bible Student’s Source Book, Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1962, p. 888, no. 1444.
(Source: Heinrich Julius Holtzmann, Kanon und Tradition ("Canon and Tradition"), Ludwigsburg: Druck und Verlag von Ferd. Riehm, 1859, p. 263. German.)

Holtzmann, Heinrich Julius, Kanon und Tradition, Ludwigsburg: Druck und Verlag von Ferd. Riehm, 1859, p. 263.