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by Secret Alias
Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:01 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Having It Both Ways With Secret Mark
Replies: 28
Views: 6551

Re: Having It Both Ways With Secret Mark

Arguments in favor of authenticity: 1. No substantiated evidence of fraud, deception, immoral conduct associated with Morton Smith 2. The document was available for analysis but never examined until 1983 3. It was examined for an extended period of time by one of its harshest critics with no resulta...
by Secret Alias
Mon Jun 07, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Having It Both Ways With Secret Mark
Replies: 28
Views: 6551

Re: Having It Both Ways With Secret Mark

First of all, you haven't addressed the issue of why your hunches should dictate the study of early Christianity. You will never address that because you can't distinguish between your hunches and the facts. No one's 'hunches' should be taken as facts. The fact that you push aside Carlson's forger's...
by Secret Alias
Sun Jun 06, 2021 11:56 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Having It Both Ways With Secret Mark
Replies: 28
Views: 6551

Re: Having It Both Ways With Secret Mark

If the show fits. There is no way most of these 'proofs' would make it into other fields - the Mystery of Mar Saba, 'he's gay,' Morton Salt, the 'forger's tremor' that results from setting the photocopier to low, Aleister Crowley. It would be tragic if we were solving Covid with the 'throw it agains...
by Secret Alias
Sat Jun 05, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Having It Both Ways With Secret Mark
Replies: 28
Views: 6551

Re: Having It Both Ways With Secret Mark

On a side note, I haven't been posting much here so I have some new thoughts. Do you think it would be fair to say that no matter how much thought and research goes into religion, religion itself is really a formal process to legitimizing 'hunches'? The existence of God is a hunch. It's called 'fait...
by Secret Alias
Thu Jun 03, 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A Suggestion for Revising the Early Writings' Entry for Secret Mark
Replies: 184
Views: 124085

Re: A Suggestion for Revising the Early Writings' Entry for Secret Mark

Just an anecdote about things being 'too good to be true.' My son wants to player football in Europe. Well my parents were German and Germany has a policy if you become a citizen of another country - you can't be German. My wife's background in from the Caribbean and South America so - little chance...
by Secret Alias
Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:53 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A Suggestion for Revising the Early Writings' Entry for Secret Mark
Replies: 184
Views: 124085

Re: A Suggestion for Revising the Early Writings' Entry for Secret Mark

How can an anonymous statement be a powerful argument? You haven't and can't examine the claim. How about another power argument:
The words " by Morton Smith" appear in the top right hand corner of the manuscript.
There, that settles it!
by Secret Alias
Sun May 30, 2021 5:42 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Having It Both Ways With Secret Mark
Replies: 28
Views: 6551

Re: Having It Both Ways With Secret Mark

Give me a fucking break. Comparing his PhD + ThD from Harvard to a guy who found his PhD in a cereal box and at a time when academia was at its zenith in terms of rigor and expectations. Clueless comparing Smith to any other American. Do people here even know what they are saying? The sheer vulgarit...
by Secret Alias
Fri May 28, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Having It Both Ways With Secret Mark
Replies: 28
Views: 6551

Re: Having It Both Ways With Secret Mark

It's amazing to prove things with no evidence. Any thoughts on curing cancer?
by Secret Alias
Wed May 26, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Birth of the "Judean way of life"
Replies: 3
Views: 154

Re: Birth of the "Judean way of life"

This helps explain the origins of Christianity. At one time we must imagine that there was just the 10 commandments. That was 'the Torah.' Then this other garbage.
by Secret Alias
Thu May 20, 2021 6:27 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: On the Jewish Adoption of 'Marx' from Mordechai
Replies: 0
Views: 120

On the Jewish Adoption of 'Marx' from Mordechai

> Now in none of this can I come out with Mordechai as a kinnui for > Marx. And that is the source of my confusion. All of the sources > I have looked at suggest that Marx has a Roman origin. Of course, _Marcus_ is a Latin name. But just as Latin _Benedict_ (French _Bendit_) can be a kinnui of _Baru...