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by Paul the Uncertain
Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Who existed ? When ? Where ?
Replies: 25
Views: 208

Re: Who existed ? When ? Where ?

Kapyong But being stuck to this tar baby now, I'll say it's a 66% chance that JtB was historical. Fair enough. I am increasingly realising why scholars/historians do not pin their conclusions down to percentages. I should just stick with relatively loose English words ... There is a middle ground, ...
by Paul the Uncertain
Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Rules of Historical Reasoning
Replies: 137
Views: 1360

Re: Rules of Historical Reasoning

I've not read Carrier but Aviezer Tucker has had very useful contributions to the use of Bayesianism in history. I have an incomplete digital copy of Carrier's book, so I'll have to see how he interacts specifically with Tucker's work when I can. Any thoughts on Carrier's treatment of Tucker's work...
by Paul the Uncertain
Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: On the Longer Ending
Replies: 26
Views: 388

Re: On the Longer Ending

Kunigunde But this goes against what he wrote about the 11. If 16:9-20 is singly authored, then 16:14 reasonably changes everything. The eleven were unwilling to accept a miracle of this magnitude based solely on oral reports, but then they saw for themselves that the miracle had happened. Compare ...
by Paul the Uncertain
Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Who existed ? When ? Where ?
Replies: 25
Views: 208

Re: Who existed ? When ? Where ?

Just as a worked example, what do you estimate about John the Baptist? I reckon the best evidence for him is secondary (Josephus Antiquities , their lives don't overlap), and the rest of the evidence coincides with the Jesus corpus (both men are mentioned in the same four books which focus on ostens...
by Paul the Uncertain
Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Rules of Historical Reasoning
Replies: 137
Views: 1360

Re: Rules of Historical Reasoning

Peter Perhaps there are some well-hidden assumptions made by both parties, which are concealed because they are so patently obvious to the researcher as to be invisible That is one thing about Carrier's embrace of Bayes: moving from warm and cuddly heuristics to formal methods may help to reveal hi...
by Paul the Uncertain
Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: On the Longer Ending
Replies: 26
Views: 388

Re: On the Longer Ending

KK Thank you for the kind words. I am content that the blog series might raise an unpopular hypothesis to a level where it is taken seriously. Persuasion may be too much to hope for in a informal setting. On the OP, I don't have anything to add about the low-level features. I expect any writer to r...
by Paul the Uncertain
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Rules of Historical Reasoning
Replies: 137
Views: 1360

Re: Rules of Historical Reasoning

Neil That's a conciliatory gesture, and appreciated. As it happens, I have already said what I have to say. I have not disputed that May's rules are well-regarded heuristics, nor have I recommended violating them. However, there are questions about the human past where they do not apply. It is an a...
by Paul the Uncertain
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: On the Longer Ending
Replies: 26
Views: 388

Re: On the Longer Ending

Verses 16:9-20 do not in my opinion form a single coherent unit, but rather comprise two chunks, 16:9-14, a dramatically strong build of three, and 16:15-20, a second progression of three. The first chunk is thoroughly grounded in what has preceded it, while the second is not. https://uncertaintist....
by Paul the Uncertain
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:49 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Rules of Historical Reasoning
Replies: 137
Views: 1360

Re: Rules of Historical Reasoning

Neil The link I provided was here: http://earlywritings.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3445&start=30#p74505 You quoted from that post in the immediately following post in this thread. That I provided a link is irrelevant to what you posted, since you obviously didn't use it. Instead, you demonstrate...
by Paul the Uncertain
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:23 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Rules of Historical Reasoning
Replies: 137
Views: 1360

Re: Rules of Historical Reasoning

Neil I gave you the link. You needn't "hunt" for anything. But hunt you did, and found somebody with a different name who could not possibly be the person who wrote the book you asked about. But your feeble grasp of research methodology, including your endless talk about the need to question sources...