the science of mythicism?

Overprecision — excessive confidence in the accuracy of our beliefs — can have profound consequences, inflating investors’ valuation of their investments, leading physicians to gravitate too quickly to a diagnosis, even making people intolerant of dissenting views.

via People are overly confident in their own knowledge, despite errors.

Maybe this is why — well, just one of the many reasons — mythicists act the way they do, ever-so-confident in their own abilities while real scholars progress

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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          1. Ah what a mess the whole thing became. I do firmly believe that a religious bias in biblical studies blinds many to anything close to an objective discussion of the historical Jesus. For myself I have no problem with an historical Jesus but think that we can’t really get close to that person. So I stay away from that question and stick to literary questions. Sadly, as I’ve said before, Brodie’s book is very damaging for those of us associated with him. I was the last student of his to graduate before his “retirement” so literally days before the book came out hundreds of people saw him placing a robe over my head at a graduation ceremony. It’s hard to find a way forward when his name is so closely associated with all my work.

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