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by Paul the Uncertain
Fri Sep 03, 2021 2:11 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Interpreting Philippians 2:5-11
Replies: 77
Views: 8272

Re: Interpreting Philippians 2:5-11

@gryan Thank you for those links and pointers! @GakuseiDon I am unsure whether you and I are in urgent disagreement. I don't know what Paul's view was on the hypothetical question "What if only the Woman had eaten the fruit, and Adam had declined the Woman's offer to share the fruit with him?&...
by Paul the Uncertain
Thu Sep 02, 2021 6:39 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Interpreting Philippians 2:5-11
Replies: 77
Views: 8272

Re: Interpreting Philippians 2:5-11

On two points arising. In the Genesis story, it is Eve rather than Adam who receives the proposal to be 'like God' (Gen. 3:5; LXX has 'like gods') Reading on to the next verse, we learn that the Woman doesn't go fetch Adam, and yet he is there with her. This propinquity appears to be overtly mention...
by Paul the Uncertain
Mon Aug 23, 2021 5:37 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Is the argument from embarassment evidence for historical crucifixion?
Replies: 26
Views: 1071

Re: Is the argument from embarassment evidence for historical crucifixion?

That does not turn his existence itself into a fact Of course not. It's an uncertain proposition. And if I (literally me) said "It is a fact that Jesus existed" then I would be lying, because I know that it is not a fact (in the sense we are both using the term), and because my actual opi...
by Paul the Uncertain
Mon Aug 23, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Is the argument from embarassment evidence for historical crucifixion?
Replies: 26
Views: 1071

Re: Is the argument from embarassment evidence for historical crucifixion?

We can't say he exists 50-50 or 20-80. We can ony say that the evidence is unclear. So we remain ignorant of "the fact" that he existed or did not exist. It's not a question of "saying," it is simply an autobiographical fact that I think that it is more likely than not that Jesu...
by Paul the Uncertain
Mon Aug 23, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Is the argument from embarassment evidence for historical crucifixion?
Replies: 26
Views: 1071

Re: Is the argument from embarassment evidence for historical crucifixion?

Did Jesus exist? No-one knows. No-one left us the unambiguous record to tell us the answer. I believe that all the evidence points to the figure of Jesus in our earliest records being a theological-literary construct. I believe the evidence we have points to Jesus originating in the minds of exeget...
by Paul the Uncertain
Sun Aug 22, 2021 7:40 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Is the argument from embarassment evidence for historical crucifixion?
Replies: 26
Views: 1071

Re: Is the argument from embarassment evidence for historical crucifixion?

Just a brief note that I think some people will enjoy an episode of Pete Enns's podcast, #175 with guest Jodi Magness (archeologist and current holder of a religious studies academic appointment), "The Jesus of Archaeology." It's about 47 minutes long. https://peteenns.com/podcast/ A propo...
by Paul the Uncertain
Sun Aug 22, 2021 2:45 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus
Replies: 241
Views: 12545

Re: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus

Actually, I'm hearing from you that there are well-posed questions about the human past that academic historians would decline to answer. Apparently, the reason has something to do with the best possible answers being substantially uncertain, which seems to be unacceptable for questions whose answer...
by Paul the Uncertain
Sun Aug 22, 2021 2:28 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Is the argument from embarassment evidence for historical crucifixion?
Replies: 26
Views: 1071

Re: Is the argument from embarassment evidence for historical crucifixion?

It's not about winning, Neil. Really not. You have a valid complaint, IMO, about how the guild typically conducts its affairs. It would plausibly be an improvement for them to be more like their colleagues in the History Department. For one thing, it would prevent them from making stupid answers to ...
by Paul the Uncertain
Sat Aug 21, 2021 5:07 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus
Replies: 241
Views: 12545

Re: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus

none would professionally recommend a looney goo cure for a serious illness. No, none would. biblical historians do not abide by the practices of normative historical methods and their claims to be historians (like other historians) is simply false Nevertheless, the resemblance stands as claimed. P...
by Paul the Uncertain
Sat Aug 21, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Is the argument from embarassment evidence for historical crucifixion?
Replies: 26
Views: 1071

Re: Is the argument from embarassment evidence for historical crucifixion?

Which brings us back to the starting point, doesn't it? Are "any and all of those" evidence for historical crucifixion? Are a lot of "maybes" and "possiblies" and "perhapses" and "it could have beens" evidence for a hisorical crucifixion? As Polya w...