- Nov 2 4:17 PMRon McCann wrote:
>I googled this lady. Seems she is an Associate Professor of ReligionAw, c'mon. . . . surely we don't need this kind of thing. April deConick is
>at Westleyn University specializing in ancient biblical studies.
>Seems she specializes in ancient mystical teachings both Judaic and
>otherwise. Looks like she and Wade Grenier are, at a minimum, close
>friends and members of the same Unitarian Universalist Congregation.
a credentialled, well-published, and ENORMOUSLY respected expert on the
Gospel of Thomas. Looking into her religious beliefs or association with
other individuals BEFORE reading her work and assessing her conclusions is
inappropriate and quite beside the point. You want to research a scholar,
look first at what they've WRITTEN, not their personal life. I wonder
whether we'd be as quick to personalize the discussion if April weren't a
"lady." If one wants to critique her work, it ought to be on the basis of
the cogency (or lack thereof) of the work itself, the accuracy and strength
of her arguments, and so forth.
>I just hope it's not bent too far into the mystical and meditative.This assumes that you know in advance exactly how mystical Thomas OUGHT to
be. Why not read the argument, assess how convincing it is, and THEN decide?
And sorry, Ron, if these comments seem a little personal -- I don't intend
them so much as a rebuke to you individually as a response to a *kind* of
approach to scholarship that I am seriously bothered by.
University of Regina
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