Re: [GTh] Thomas' Unbelief in GJn
I am not the least bit chastised. Don't worry about that. I have thick skin.
I'll respond when I have the chance.
On Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 3:42 PM, Michael Grondin <mwgrondin@...>wrote:
> It now seems to me that the last sentence of the next-to-
> last paragraph of my previous note was in the nature of
> scolding. That's never a good idea, and I wish to apologize
> for it to Chris and the general membership. As I said in my
> amazon review, I believe Chris' book to be an important
> work which cannot be ignored. It may even in time become
> a classic. But it has its shortcomings (whether or not I've so
> far sucessfully identified any), as does any writing, including
> my own, of course, but also that of Riley, other NT scholars, and
> even (gasp!) the books and letters of the Bible. With respect to
> Riley, his book (which is also an important one) ignores general
> Johannine characterization, so that he has almost no "control group"
> against which to measure his evaluation of the Thomas character,
> and Chris of course picks up on that major shortcoming. For that
> I applaud him, since the ignoring of contrary or potentially contrary
> evidence is pretty much anathema to my own training in philosophy
> and especially logic, where it's not so important what the conclusion
> of an argument is, as whether the argument is sound and complete.
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