Re: [XTalk] The Streetlight Fallacy
- Steve wrote:
> I think I'm just making this up, the streetlightNo, you didn't make this up. Donald Akenson uses the
> fallacy, but maybe
> not. The fallacy label comes from the joke about the
> drunk crawling
> around at night under a streelight when a cop comes
> up and asks him
> what he is doing. Drunks says he's looking for his
> car keys that
> he'd dropped. Did you drop them right here, cop
> asks. Drunk responds
> that, no, he didn't drop them here, but here is
> where the light is.
same "mashal", as he calls it, on p 174 of Saint Saul.
(He agrees with you that the synoptics are unreliable,
and thinks only Paul can serve as a good source for
HJ; I think when the synoptics are taken in tandem
with Paul, we can arrive at fairly reliable
reconstruction of HJ.)
Incidentally, Steve, I don't know if you've been
through Alan Segal's new book on the afterlife, but he
alludes positively to your Jesus the Healer (p 392,
footnote 41), saying that it's hard to imagine an
apocalyptic like Jesus who wasn't steeped in altered
states of consciousness and visions (he cites you,
Borg, and Witherington in the same footnote, which may
be somewhat misleading). An apocalyptic prophet is
readily compatible with your ideas about Jesus. I
doubt, however, you will ever be persuaded that Mark
is remotely reliable.
Loren Rosson III
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- Rick wrote: "I wonder what a Galilean Darlek would look like"
I haven't a clue, but I know what one would *say*:
Incidentally, I apologise to our wonderful moderator for my earlier use of
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JOHN E STATON
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