Unsettled Christianity

Gloria Dei homo vivens – St Irenaeus
February 21st, 2014 by Joel Watts

Plagiarism or Meme?

Jim, as he usually does, has a bit of fun at my expense. That’s okay. I destroy him most days.

It involved this picture:


We all get it. Ha. Ha.

But, notice Jim’s comments. “Look carefully.” “Joel Watts.” “1830.”

Then, I get up this morning and see this (friendly alerted) on Brill’s facebook page:

typos 1

It comes from Brill History’s facebook page:

typos 2

Dang… that’s funny. Except…

The 1830 Joel Watts (or as we call him, the 27th Joel Watts), did not write a book on Zwingli (thank God).

Rather, this preface comes from a different book by a different author on a different non-Zwingli subject:

typos 3

Notice Brill History’s comments.

Read carefully.” “Joel Watts.” “1830.”

I would assume they derived “Zwingli’s Letters and Treatises” from the name of the blog, although I would not call Jim’s series of “Answering your Letters” the same thing as “Letters and Treatises.”

Internet memes are fun, aren’t they?

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).


2 Responses to “Plagiarism or Meme?”
  1. Tom Verenna says

    I still say you’re either a former Soviet spy that stole *this* Joel Watts’ identity OR you’re a vampire.

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