Pick a side, Tom – Part II

Tom writes,

It just so happens I think that some (please note: some–not all, not most) mythicists have sounder arguments about the state of the evidence (because historicists will often take that evidence for granted).  That doesn’t mean I agree with their conclusion about historicity.

I think this is a logical fallacy latent in certain parts of scholarship.   Just because I agree with certain arguments about the status of the evidence does not mean I agree with other conclusions.

via Agnosticism and Jesus and What it Means « The Musings of Thomas Verenna.

But, there has yet to be any sign of Tom disagreeing with Carrier, Thompson or others, or even the acceptance of positions from McGrath or others.

The proof is in the pudding, so to speak, I mean, if the pudding existed and the proof existed, but since the pudding doesn’t exist, then no real proof can.

I have yet to see where Tom actually disagrees with Carrier at all. AT ALL. Instead, he always comes to the rescue and defense of Carrier.

He somewhat concludes by proving my point,

But I have yet to see a historicist make a sound and reasoned argument without drawing on very crappy criteria and old data.

That’s the point of mythicism, isn’t it? The data is never good enough to prove any point, but some mathematical formula meant for something different, selected my mythicist is? Oh come on…

Pick a side, Tom.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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