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8579Jumping to conclusions

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  • Robert M. Schacht
    Nov 30, 2001
      At 06:41 PM 11/30/01, Michael A. Turton wrote:

      > > >
      > > >The answer is, of course: 100% likely. ...
      > >
      > > This is nothing more than partisan hyperbole. How can we really judge this
      > > likelihood without resorting to a priori convictions and biases? Yes,
      > > there are many *plausible* scenarios involving invention, but how can we
      > > really weigh their probability with any objectivity?
      > >
      > > Bob
      >Bob, we know that the gospels, canonical and extracanonical, attribute
      >events and sayings to Jesus that are obvious inventions. It does not
      >follow from that every word of the gospels is invented. Brian asked how
      >likely it was that the gospel writers would invent/borrow things and
      >attribute them to Jesus, and the answer is 100% likely, because we know
      >it happened. The gospel writers made up stories and attributed them to
      >Jesus, perhaps not every one.

      Sorry, I read your statement too quickly and I thought you were saying that
      the likelihood that particular passage itself was invented was 100 %. I was
      evidently not the only one who jumped to that conclusion. My apologies.


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