Re: [XTalk] Re: Rules of evidence (was: the crucifixion)
- I found your posting both interesting and helpful but it did leave me with a
question: did you intend your comments to cover all sources studied by
historians whether "primary sources" or "secondary sources"?
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From: Bede <bede@...>
Sent: Monday, September 16, 2002 11:36 AM
Subject: [XTalk] Re: Rules of evidence (was: the crucifixion)
> I would like to add some context to the discussion between Brian,
> Steve and others on how the Gospels are handled compared to secular
> sources and secular history.
> First, let me make it absolutely clear that history today is
> still "what it means" and not "what really happened". The later is
> usually called antiquarianism and tends to be sneered at in history
> departments while new students like me are warned of the perils of
> spending all their time gathering proper facts instead of
> interpreting them.
> And it tends to be the interpretations that go wrong rather than the
> facts. There are a few exceptions (Lord MacCauley is actually
> completely wrong on some occasions in his efforts to smear the
> Quakers and the Duke of Marlborough), but usually even the most
> biased historian will select, annotate and emphasise his facts
> instead of actually inventing them.
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I conclude with a brief statement of approbation for your statement has
clarity of both expression and content.
Clive F. Jacks, Th.D.
Professor of Religion, Emeritus
(but now happily retired to the metropolitan Atlanta area)
- In a message dated 9/16/2 8:30:24 AM, Bede wrote:
<<and try to disconnect
links between events made by the evangelists.>>
why so? Do we disconnect all the links between events in Cicero, the Plinys,
We are dealing of course with cult literature, and I can see that a
certain amount of this disconnecting links is warranted from the sources
themselves. I would put some of the boating excursions as toss ups for pre
or post send out. All the stuff in Luke between when he decides to go to
Jerusalem and when he actually gets there - it's not that long of a trip;
but to go from this to the assumption that all the sequences are worthless,
that not one of them can be of any help - I don't see how you can assume that.