The crosstalk challenge
- Crosstalk's major domo e-mailed me again the instructions as to how to
become a crosstalker. And I noticed that the PURPOSE of the e-mail
opportunity was stated as:
"This list server offers anyone with an e-mail address the opportunity to
discuss the JESUS 2000 e-mail debate that is taking place between Marcus
Borg, John Dominic Crossan, and Luke Timothy Johnson. (Who were) discussing
their views about the historical Jesus in a free electronic forum sponsored
by Harper San Francisco."
The point: So the year 2,000 is steadily nearing. We've talked a lot about
a number of things, synoptics, John, Paul, Thomas, etc. Does ANYONE feel
capable of summarizing briefly the major conclusions crosstalkers may be
said to have reached about the Historical Jesus?
"Liberal" is not a dirty word;
it is a state of grace.
- At 10:30 AM 9/5/98 -0400, Mahlon H. Smith wrote:
>You read me right, Stephen. I was using a quick shorthand for theI guess I must quibble with the Jesus Seminar rather than you. It is a
>definitions of my interpretation of the RPGB voting scale which the JS
>adopted for Acts of Jesus:
>Red: "The historical reliability of this information is virtually
>certain. It is supported by a preponderance of evidence." [History being
>a science that depends on human interpretation of facts has nothing that
>is "beyond doubt."]
bit of a pet peeve of mine for legal terminology to be misused, and the
phrase "preponderance of the evidence", the legal burden of proof in
most civil cases, is one such phrase. Preponderance of the evidence does
not mean "virtually certain", but merely that a plantiff only needs a
51-49 split. In other words, the pros outweigh the cons.
>Pink: "This information is probably reliable. It fits well with otherThis, I would call "preponderance of the evidence."
>evidence that is verifiable." [This shows a shade less conviction in the
>thesis, but still indicates a preference for accepting it when weighed
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