“Most scholars agree…”

This post is not directed towards Tom, but he was the most recent blogger to post the usual defense of “most scholars.”

Tacitus goes on and on in his Histories about the Jewish exodus from Egypt which, as many scholars now agree, never happened historically.

via Preliminary Overview of Bart Ehrman’s ‘Did Jesus Exist?’ « The Musings of Thomas Verenna.

Here’s the deal… most scholars agree is never a set in stone position. Most scholars agreed at one point that the earth was 6000 years old, and I could go one.

I don’t like the defense of “most scholars” finding that for the most part, it displays a weakness on the part of the one who is attempting to make the argument. Scholarly consensus, different than scientific consensus, is great and all, but is that the only thing you can muster?



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7 Replies to ““Most scholars agree…””

  1. No, that isn’t. But since it was a preliminary overview of the subject, I didn’t bother getting into as much detail. Though if you want me to provide you a working Selected Bibliography, I’d be more than happy to explain why the consensus in this instance makes sense and why I agree with it.

    Further, not sure your analogy works, since “the exodus happened” and “the earth is 6000 years old” is precisely the same sort of conclusion drawn by the same sort of person. 😉

    1. Tom, just for those who, for some reason, do not see us on Facebook, I’m going to repost the comment here from there:

      I also suggested that it wasn’t directed towards you, Tom, but you were the latest to use it, so I quoted it honestly. 😉 #boom. Again, scholarly consensus is only as good as the next consensus which is built. I mean, people still believe in Q when we all know that it is the Easter Bunny of Biblical Scholarship.

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