Jared Olar notes: I just noticed that this year Bob Thiel wasn't able to resist saying something about St. Patrick's Day. Back in March 2006 at Gary Scott's former XCG weblog, I shredded Bob Thiel's claims that St. Patrick was a proto-Armstrongist Sabbath-keeper, showing from St. Patrick's own words that he was a Trinitarian Catholic bishop (Google "Some Armstrongist Blarney" -- but you'll have to go to the cached pages). So the next year in March 2007, Bob Thiel "celebrated" St. Patrick's Day by complaining about St. Patrick being a pagan Trinitarian. But this year Bob is back to his previous pseudohistoricism -- St. Patrick and St. Columba and the Celtic Church in Scotland and Ireland were seventh-day Sabbatarians. (Don't be surprised if, as it was with his March 2007 anti-Patrick commentary, the historical sources he quotes -- well, actually he's just quoting another Armstrongist -- turn out to be misquotes and/or out-of-date scholarship.) Or maybe St. Patrick was a pagan Trinitarian Sabbath-keeper. . . .
One of Bob's sources (well, actually James McBride's sources, which Bob quotes) is interesting. James Moffatt is the guy behind the Moffatt Bible which bequeathed to us a peculiar fondness for calling God "the Eternal", and a top scholar in the creation of the 1952 Revised Standard Version. Is he misquoted?
One source James and Bob don't cite is Dugger & Dodd, where I first encountered the Sabbatarian Patrick legend (p.236) as a callow youth. Moffatt is naturally miles ahead of those "authorities", though I'm with Jared in agreeing that the whole thing seems totally shonky.
Also on the Patrick theme: The only official observance on the Lutheran liturgical calendar that diverges from Catholic/Anglican tradition is Reformation Sunday, and flicking through Evangelical Lutheran Worship I can confirm that March 17 indeed commemorates Patrick, missionary to Ireland. So where did the larrikins at Old Lutheran dredge up "Lutheran Charm Day"? There's got to be potential here for COGish adaptation of the church calendar... the possibilities are endless.