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All’s Well That Ends Angrily, Mr. Loftus

I have tried and failed to communicate to John Loftus what I think are very important criticisms of his rather cavalier attitude towards serious history.  For my own peace of mind and for the edification of any readers, I’m going to reprint our entire discussion, unedited.  John has elected to selectively cut and paste my correspondence to him without posting it fully for context.  I find that to be rather dishonest, and I am disappointed, but I suppose there could be other reasons for his editing.  I am at a loss to think of what they might be.

In any case, I have heard it said that insult is the last refuge of the defeated, and I think Mr. Loftus’ last sentence says all that I need to hear.  I will leave this exchange feeling justified in my criticism and yet… sad.
In chronological order, I give you the whole exchange:
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HAMBY’S POST:

John, I have some things I’d like you to think about. I don’t know if you’ve noticed my comments about your discussion with a “blog site owner” but I come down on the side of that certain blog site owner, though not without some caveats. You really should read my comment on the blog in question, but I’ll explain it here, too.

I’ve read your arguments rather thoroughly since my initial response to you (linked below) and I think you’re making two very serious errors.

First, you’ve admitted that you are not well versed in mythicist arguments, and you display this lack of knowledge when you get into spats with mythicists. I’m not going to validate your exchange with a blog site owner by calling it an argument because that implies the logical exchange of ideas. No ideas were exchanged because you didn’t address or refute any of his arguments. You just restated your opinions.

Please bear in mind that I’m saying this to you in a spirit of constructive criticism so that we can all get along and get on with the business of finding true answers to legitimate questions. I hate it when people have ego spats, and from where I sit, you threw the first stone in the fight you’re talking about.

I don’t know who’s right in the question of Jesus mythicism, but I have a question for you and others who come down hard on either side. How much does it really matter?

Think about that before you jump to a conclusion. We’re all atheists and skeptics here, right? Would the existence of a historical Jesus change our minds about God? Would the nonexistence of a historical Jesus change our minds?

Your second mistake, in my opinion, is a matter of broad perspective. The fact is, this is an issue dripping with angst and ego, and I can’t for my life figure out why a bunch of atheists would get into such a huge snit about it. If there is or is not enough evidence for a historical Jesus, so be it, but everyone reading this knows that a Christian can be logically and philosophically whipped into a Self-Pwnd Frappe with or without even cracking a bible, much less mentioning Jesus.

John, if you want to get into academic history and make a case for a historical Jesus, please do. However, I have to ask you in all seriousness if you are prepared to stake your professional reputation on what amounts to your feelings about the interpretation of academic arguments. Do you really have the epistemic right to make the proclamation? Please remember when you were a Christian how hard it was to see logic when someone talked to you about the very emotionally charged issue of God. You weren’t that way just because you were a Christian. That’s human nature, and you’re still subject to it.

John, you and the blog site owner had a temper tantrum playground fight. Both of you are at fault for letting your emotions get in the way of reason. However, he has reason on his side. You haven’t dealt with (or apparently read) what he’s said. I’m not saying his position is right. I’m saying you haven’t done anything to prove it wrong. Please remember John that the most well meaning of people have spread opinion to the point that it became perceived as fact. Please, unless you’re prepared to make an academic issue of it, don’t muddy the waters of Jesus’ historicity with less than scholarly analysis. Your voice is too loud. Do the right thing and just shrug your shoulders when someone asks what you think about it.

I offer you the following link (http://allthingsstupidandreligious.blogspot.com/2008/11/thoughts-on-jesus-historicity.html )to my own thoughts on Jesus as a historical figure, and I invite you to consider them, particularly since they come from someone much like yourself — a former Christian apologist who has devoted much of his life to study — and more importantly, someone who knows when he has the epistemic rights to make a claim, and when “I don’t know” is the only acceptable answer.

You’ll notice that I’ve also addressed as many of your arguments as seemed relevant in a detailed post here: http://allthingsstupidandreligious.blogspot.com/2008/12/response-to-john-loftus-historical.html

3:29 PM, January 06, 2009 JOHN’S POST:Ham, there you go misrepresenting me. I only said there was more to learn and I could say that about any issue I write about. 

I don’t know who’s right in the question of Jesus mythicism, but I have a question for you and others who come down hard on either side. How much does it really matter?

It doesn’t matter a bit to me at all. Since that’s the case I can be more objective about the evidence. And since I can be more objective about the evidence Christians will listen to me. They are my target audience. I do not think people understand this.

And you know what? I have even been accused of having “blind faith” and accused of choosing to think Jesus existed against the evidence because I want to impress Christians who are my target audience! Wow! The extent that people who disagree with me will go to discredit an informed opinion is strangely similar on both sides of the fence. And this is something I’ll not have a part in. My beliefs are sincerely held ones.

To be honest I’m pissed off.5:09 PM, January 06, 2009
*******HAMBY’S POST:  (Not posted by John)Ham, there you go misrepresenting me. I only said there was more to learn and I could say that about any issue I write about.If I have misrepresented your intent, I apologize.  Have I misrepresented your knowledge?  I’m sure that you’ve read quite a few books by various historians, as have I, but does that qualify you to use your considerable influence to proclaim that your interpretation of the various arguments is the better one?  I’ve read everything that Richard Dawkins has ever written, but I hardly think I’m qualified to speak as an expert on more than the very basics of evolution.  I’m sure you did study antiquities and literature in your theology degrees, but are you really qualified as a Jesus scholar? (I mean have you the methodological knowledge AND are you thoroughly versed in the most current data?)Mythicist arguments rely on very detailed comparisons of ancient documents for evidence of various tropes, and on very specific linguistic analysis of textual minutia. These are the supports on which mythicist arguments rest, and from your discussions, I don’t believe you are qualified to address them.  If this is the case, then you aren’t prepared to make a substantive claim about Jesus’ historicity because you don’t know both sides.Even if you did some of this kind of work in the seminary, have you really examined both sides of this argument and produced a scholarly opinion?  Are you prepared to defend your views against mythicist scholars, and if so, would you offer arguments or disagreement?  I know you know the difference.It doesn’t matter a bit to me at all. Since that’s the case I can be more objective about the evidence. And since I can be more objective about the evidence Christians will listen to me. They are my target audience. I do not think people understand this. Feh.  I know you’re pissed, but this just isn’t constructive.  I admit I’m biased.  I wish you would admit it, too.  Everybody’s biased, John.  It’s nothing to be ashamed of.  It just means we lean one way or another.  I think the evidence leans away from historicity, but I don’t go around proclaiming it as truth just because I like my own reasoning.  Yeah, I know, you always say you might be wrong, but you accuse people on the other side of being crackpots and having axes to grind.  (I have quotes if you’d like, and I’ll print them in the full paragraph so you won’t accuse me of quote mining.)  I wish you’d get off of that soapbox.  Passion is not the same as blind devotion.  Carrier, Thompson, et al, are genuine people — just like you.  They also study this for a living.  I wish you wouldn’t dismiss them, particularly since you don’t study this for a living.  And frankly, if I may say so, the vitriol you’ve spouted since being rather strongly contested belies your assertion that you don’t care.And you know what? I have even been accused of having “blind faith” and accused of choosing to think Jesus existed against the evidence because I want to impress Christians who are my target audience! Wow! The extent that people who disagree with me will go to discredit an informed opinion is strangely similar on both sides of the fence. And this is something I’ll not have a part in. My beliefs are sincerely held ones. John, if you’ll take ten seconds to follow the links I gave you, you’ll see that I’ve defended you on these counts.  I believe you to be sincere and well meaning, and I have never accused you of having blind faith.I accuse you of having less than enough knowledge to have epistemic rights to your claim.  There’s a very, very big difference.  You’re clearly well read, and I believe you’ve done a great thing for atheism.  I love your site, and I think you have an incredibly compelling story to tell theists.I just don’t think you’re qualified to weigh in on Jesus’ historicity.  Please, if I’m wrong prove me wrong, and I will recant, but I have yet to see you even address a mythicist position with anything other than a statement of disagreement.  That’s not scholarly rebuttal.  That’s seeing who gets the last word.Please, consider leaving this debate to the scholars, and focus on what you’re qualified to do, which is expose Christianity for the lie that it is.  You’re very good at that, and I hate to see you getting caught up in this fight when it’s not even important to what you are doing for the atheist community.When you’re feeling less pissed, I wish you would ask yourself if maybe you’re a bit more emotionally invested than you think.(Originally posted Jan 6, approximately 5:30 PM)*******And finally… I get quote mined and called an idiot by John:Hambydammit, I didn’t publish what you wrote because I had to cool off before responding and because I’m pretty much done with this topic for now. I do not like how you’ve treated me but I’ll comment on a few of the things you wrote.

Ham said…I’m sure that you’ve read quite a few books by various historians, as have I, but does that qualify you to use your considerable influence to proclaim that your interpretation of the various arguments is the better one?

Is that what this is about? That since I have “considerable influence” I should not make a case unless I’m qualified to speak? Thanks for saying I have such influence. I don’t claim to. But even Einstein wrote a book of opinions and ideas. Would you say he shouldn’t have done so?

Ham said…I’m sure you did study antiquities and literature in your theology degrees, but are you really qualified as a Jesus scholar?

See above. Don’t get so bent out of shape here. My views are well argued. They are the ones the overwhelming peer-reviewed scholars accept. I fear my friend Carrier could become marginalized as a scholar if he doesn’t make a strong case. What’s wrong with my concern for him? His scholarship is too good for that and for our cause. If he becomes marginalized people will write him off and his credibility will be in need or repair. I do care about that. YOU should care about it too. But apparently you want an actual scholar to quote from who defends what you believe regardless of what happens to him. In the minds of many other scholars he may be treated like a Holocaust denier, rightly or wrongly, and that’s bad for atheism I think, since the historicity of Jesus is a non-issue to me.

Ham said…I don’t believe you are qualified to address them (mythicists). If this is the case, then you aren’t prepared to make a substantive claim about Jesus’ historicity because you don’t know both sides.

I deny this, although I have more to learn about the issue. You continue to claim I’m ignorant. That’s what Christians claim too, you know. Why do they do so? Because they read a few paragraphs and disagree, that’s why. Now I do back up what I say in my book, but until they read it they will think I’m ignorant, and they do. Now you come along and claim the same thing, but because I have not written a book on the topic to show you I’m not ignorant you can claim that I am. I cannot say all I know unless I wrote a book on a topic. And it’s not true that someone who disagrees with someone else is ignorant anyway. Are the overwhelming number of scholars ignorant too? Is Richard Bauckham, N.T. Wright, Dom Crossan, Dale Allison, Bart Ehrman? Get a grip, okay?

Ham said…Are you prepared to defend your views against mythicist scholars, and if so, would you offer arguments or disagreement?

I think I have done so. Do not think I’m ignorant on this topic and do not be so ignorant as to say I cannot write what I think about any topic I want to do so. I have and I will.

Ham said…I accuse you of having less than enough knowledge to have epistemic rights to your claim. There’s a very, very big difference. You’re clearly well read, and I believe you’ve done a great thing for atheism. I love your site, and I think you have an incredibly compelling story to tell theists.

Thank you for the compliment, but I see no basis for you to tell me to basically shut up…none at all and I brittle and such a thing.

Ham said…I just don’t think you’re qualified to weigh in on Jesus’ historicity. Please, if I’m wrong prove me wrong, and I will recant, but I have yet to see you even address a mythicist position with anything other than a statement of disagreement. That’s not scholarly rebuttal. That’s seeing who gets the last word.

Again, you sound just like the Christians who visit here. Yeah, that’s right, I’m ignorant, I don’t know what I’m talking about, I should just shut up until I write a book on a topic. Right.

Go away, idiot.
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As I said, I think the exchange speaks for itself.  One of us got his panties in a bunch and the other didn’t.  I’m happy to say that I intended my criticisms to be pointed, but I don’t feel that anything I said warranted either censorship or outright abuse.  I am sad to see the exchange end this way, and I wish the best for John in his pursuits.

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12 thoughts on “All’s Well That Ends Angrily, Mr. Loftus

  1. By the way, just to prove my own epistemological right to say that John is unqualified to offer a scholarly opinion on Jesus, I offer this as evidence:

    John Loftus said: “I have stated my present understanding as best as I could without doing the research needed in writing one. I think my conclusion would hold up if I did the needed research…”

    http://richardcarrier.blogspot.com/2008/12/jesus-project.html

    Posted by Hambydammit | January 7, 2009, 8:09 pm
  2. RE: The comment directly above mine:

    What’s the big deal? Have you wrote a book on this issue? You seem sure of yourself and you act as if you are informed. Can’t make the needed distinctions here? Didn’t think so.

    [Lest you have written one then let me ask if you have any epistemic rights to make any claim at all on any subject that you have not done so].

    In my opinion you are clearly expressing idiocy with regard to my right to speak even though I have not written a book on the topic. So why should I accept anything else you say?

    I see you have lots and lots of visitors. Looks like you are just talking to yourself.

    Posted by John W. Loftus | January 7, 2009, 9:00 pm
  3. What’s the big deal? Have you wrote a book on this issue?

    No. I don’t intend to. Have you not read how many times I’ve said I know my own rights to claims? I am not a mythicist, John. We’re not talking about whether I have a right to make the claim that Jesus did or did not exist. We’re talking about whether or not you have that right. In your own words, you do not.

    To be perfectly fair, I do state one thing firmly, and you can read my previous blogs to verify this. The Jesus of the Gospels is a mythological character. Whether or not there was a real life inspiration for the Gospel, I can’t say, but if there was, he did not walk on water or heal the sick or curse fig trees. So I can say, just from my knowledge of logic and nothing else, that the Gospel Jesus did not exist. As to earthly inspirations, I have no firm position. I only make observations about which arguments seem valid and which do not. Validity is something I’m quite qualified to talk about.

    You seem sure of yourself and you act as if you are informed. Can’t make the needed distinctions here? Didn’t think so.

    Why is this suddenly about me? I have asked you to please not make claims to knowledge you don’t possess. You’ve stated, on Richard Carrier’s blog, that you don’t possess the knowledge to make the claim, and yet you make it.

    [Lest you have written one then let me ask if you have any epistemic rights to make any claim at all on any subject that you have not done so].

    What is it with this? Am I required to be a Jesus scholar to recognize that you are not one? I am a student of knowledge, Mr. Loftus, and of critical thinking, and of epistemological rights. In this blog, I have pointed out errors in your thinking — errors which have been pointed out by others, and which you have not refuted. You have simply restated your own opinion.

    This is why I take issue with you. You want to play with the net up for mythicists and down for you. A properly defended position is one that has refuted competing claims, and I can find no evidence that you have ever produced a scholarly rebuttal to a mythicist claim. You have just disagreed with them. That’s not history, John. It’s just arguing.

    In my opinion you are clearly expressing idiocy with regard to my right to speak even though I have not written a book on the topic. So why should I accept anything else you say?

    Again, you are free with your opinion, but you have not refuted my accusation. Do you, or do you not have the requisite knowledge to write and defend a position of Jesus’ historicity against qualified scholars, including scholarly refutation of their position?

    If you do not, why do you make claims you cannot defend? Was it not you who wrote a book about how wrong it is for Christians to claim knowledge of God that they can’t defend?

    Net up for them, down for you?

    I see you have lots and lots of visitors. Looks like you are just talking to yourself.

    I see you resort to insult again. Mr. Loftus, insult is the last resort of the defeated. If you’d like to have a constructive dialog, I’m more than happy, but I’d appreciate it if you stopped insulting me. I’ve been nothing but polite with you.

    I apologize that I have not been blogging or writing as much as you. Is there anything you are trying to say here, or are you just trying to hurt my feelings?

    Are you saying I’m wrong because I don’t have a lot of visitors? You wouldn’t be that foolish.

    Are you saying I’m unpopular? You might be surprised. This blog is a new project for me, and I’ve done next to nothing to advertise it. It is not my only project.

    So please, Mr. Loftus, tell me exactly what you’re trying to accomplish by insulting me. I would like you to be honest. Trust me. I can take it.

    Posted by Hambydammit | January 7, 2009, 9:37 pm
  4. Just to be perfectly clear, John. I’m not asking you to be silent. I opine on Jesus historicity, and you have a right to do the same. I, however, do not make pronouncements about Jesus most likely existing or not existing to thousands of people who trust me as an authority, and I don’t overstate my knowledge on a subject.

    Posted by Hambydammit | January 7, 2009, 9:49 pm
  5. Oh, for crying out loud, John. Stop going around editing out your insults. Just apologize like a grown up.

    Sheesh.

    Posted by Hambydammit | January 7, 2009, 11:05 pm
  6. It appears that I have to document everything Mr. Loftus says because he has a tendency to spew insults, erase said insults, and then cry martyr.

    On his blog:

    Apparently no one took to heart what I said originally here:

    What grates on me to no end is people who don’t give a damn to do likewise with my arguments. These people, on both sides of the fence, get little more than my distain. I have been known to berate them, ridicule and taunt them. I probably shouldn’t do this, but sometimes I cannot resist. That’s just who I am. That’s what I sometimes do with people who are intellectually dishonest with what I say.

    The mythicists and those sympathetic to them that I have met on the web behave like some of the most fervent believers I know. They are not objective with the facts; they treat people who disagree as if they are ignorant; they fail to listen; they twist and turn the statements of those who disagree; and they act like a cult in that they personally attack someone who disagrees just because he disagrees.

    If you who are mistreating me were in a forum that was representative of what scholars think you would all be laughed at. As it stands I alone must bear this treatment because this is not a representative forum. I’m sure there are many historical examples of a person who was on the right side of history who was ill treated for not bowing to pressure to conform. I think Carrier is probably going to hurt himself in the eyes of the scholarly community and that’s too bad. He might forever be known as a freethinker, not a scholar. I alone seem to be concerned about this for I think a lot of him.

    I’m content though to have my informed opinion on this issue, one which very few people criticizing me could dispassionately tell me what that is. It’s a non-issue to me.

    This is interesting in light of the fact that he deleted this comment from me shortly after posting it:

    Hambydammit said:
    Gee, John. Most people would look at the argument and weigh it critically using logic. Would you like to print the rest of that post? The one that’s on my blog? Why don’t you send me a few viewers so I don’t have to feel so bad about myself?

    Seriously, John. I don’t care if you print this or not. I’ve gone out of my way to defend you and give you every benefit of the doubt. I’ve been polite and offered constructive criticism. You haven’t addressed any of it. You’ve just insulted me.

    John, surely you understand the difference between commenting on the coherency of an argument and espousing a full fledged proposition. I dunno… Maybe you don’t.

    I will continue to support your book because I believe in a higher cause, and I don’t really care if you like me or not. I hear your book is good, and I’d like to see more people become atheists from reading it. However, I’m not going to sugar coat the fact that you’ve been incredibly unreasonable here. You’re overstepping your bounds. You’re apparently a good anti-apologetics writer, and I commend you for that. That doesn’t make you a Jesus scholar. Please consider backing off this little emotional thing of yours. I’m not asking you to be silent with regard to Jesus. I’m asking you to say only what you have the right to say.

    Yeah… Abuse.

    Ever the martyr, eh, John?

    Posted by Hambydammit | January 7, 2009, 11:24 pm
  7. J-esus existed, no. Ribi Yehoshua existed, yes. http://www.netzarim.co.il

    Posted by Eliyahu | January 8, 2009, 12:38 pm
  8. This is depressing display from Mr. Loftus. I too am a student of knowledge, knowledge representation and reasoning. Just letting you know that you aren’t talking to yourself.

    Posted by SirMoogie | January 12, 2009, 3:15 am
  9. This is depressing display from Mr. Loftus. I too am a student of knowledge, knowledge representation and reasoning. Just letting you know that you aren’t talking to yourself.

    I appreciate your support. For what it’s worth, everyone I’ve asked (both online and off) who has ever studied epistemology agrees with you (and me). Either John simply doesn’t understand epistemological justification or he’s ignoring it because he really wants people to know his opinion.

    Either, in my humble opinion, is inexcusable.

    Posted by Hambydammit | January 12, 2009, 10:14 pm
  10. I’m not an expert on historical methodology, but I think I’m capable of recognizing bad methodology, which really is a question about epistemology. I’m eager to see Richard Carrier’s book, as he is proposing a consistent methodology for establishing the probabilistic existence of historical figures. It seems to me that when it comes to the existence of Jesus double standards are employed. For example, some scholars utilize the criterion of embarrassment to establish Jesus’ existence, but I can’t find its use outside of Biblical Scholarship.

    Posted by SirMoogie | January 12, 2009, 10:23 pm
  11. It seems to me that when it comes to the existence of Jesus double standards are employed.

    It’s almost as if they’re lowering the bar to make the desired conclusion seem more plausible. Funny, that…

    For example, some scholars utilize the criterion of embarrassment to establish Jesus’ existence, but I can’t find its use outside of Biblical Scholarship.

    Have you read my other blog about this? http://allthingsstupidandreligious.blogspot.com/2008/11/thoughts-on-jesus-historicity.html

    Have you noticed that Jesus historians seem to get really defensive when you question their methodology? If they don’t get defensive, they avoid the question (see my debate with James McGrath). In what I’ve seen and read of Richard Carrier’s research, he’s happy — nay… ecstatic — to explain his methodology and to point out the need for consistent objectivity through solid methods.

    Epistemologically speaking, this doesn’t “prove” anything, but it sure does cast a lot of doubt on historians.

    What a lot of people like John Loftus fail to recognize is that people like me are not interested in promoting a particular position. I don’t care if Jesus existed or not. What I care about is that the research is done objectively and that the conclusion is justified. I hate that history is given a free pass with certain subjects because of their cultural impact. I really hate that.

    Posted by Hambydammit | January 13, 2009, 8:16 pm
  12. In the continuing saga that is John Loftus, I’m recording for posterity the reply that he is apparently not going to publish, instead making it look as if I have no response to his bizarre accusations that I am a mythicist conspiracy nut:

    Hambydammit, I aksed a question and your answer is basically that the scholars that disagree with you don’t know what they are doing, eh? And neither do I. In fact, anyone who disagrees is basically ignorant, right?

    Well then, who are you? State your name and your credentials. And please tell me why you have such an interest in this issue. I mean, really, would you be so passionate about any other historical conclusion? What do you have invested in this such that you cannot be an objective about it?

    Christ on a pogo stick, John. I AM NOT A MYTHICIST. I do not agree with you or the mythicists. I DO NOT KNOW THE ANSWER.

    How many ways can I say this?!

    This is not about me, John. It’s about you. You make claims you cannot back up. I have made no claim. You have.

    Seriously, man. What part of this is hard for you to grasp? I do not have a problem with reaching the conclusion that Jesus was historical or mythical. I have a problem with reaching either conclusion without having the chops to do so, or with bad methodology.

    Let me (again) point out that you have said in as many words that you have not done the research necessary to state that Jesus was most likely a historical figure, but that you presume your conclusion would hold up IF you did the research.

    Now, Mr. Loftus, more of your own words:

    “A few Christian reviewers of my book, some of whom show no evidence they have even read it, claim there is nothing new in it. ”

    That made you mad, didn’t it, John? You were angry with them for pronouncing conclusions about your book without reading it?

    It’s the same thing. I’m mad at you for making pronouncements about Jesus that you are not qualified to make.

    You know what? I just got finished chiding you for calling new spins on arguments “new arguments” and I haven’t read your book. I may be wrong. That’s why I put my objection down as a series of questions, not pronouncements. If you really do have new formal arguments, how wonderful for you! On the face of it, it appears that you might just be tooting your own horn a little much. I invite you to prove me wrong. I might even sit in the bookstore and read your book to see. But John, the question is up for debate, and I’m not going to make pronouncements about it, I’m going to question your conclusion, and you are free to respond to my questions with facts that answer them. That’s how dialog works.

    John, the question of a historical Jesus is not solved. It’s an ongoing dialog, and you’re not doing anybody any good by falsely proclaiming a victor.

    Sheesh. How many ways can you twist a very, very simple concept, John? Epistemological Rights. That’s all it’s about. That’s it.

    Hammbydammit, you remind me of many conspiricy theorists who claim to have hidden knowledge that the CIA/FBI won’t release to the public. Conspiracy theorists are mostly passionate paranoid people who think outside/ independent thinking threatens their identity; they fail to see the big picture, and they think of themselves to be superior than others because of special knowledge (i.e., gnostics) that few people can yet appreciate.

    If there is a case, make it. Don’t behave like a child.

    John. I wish I could put this in huge letters. I AM NOT A MYTHICIST! I do not agree with them or with you. I do not have the epistemological chops to do so. Read through everything I’ve published online if you like. Nowhere will you see me claim that I am a mythicist, or declare that the mythicist position has any magic evidence that’s being hidden. The most I ever say is that I have methodological and epistemological problems with the way historians reach their conclusions. I do not say they are wrong in their conclusion. I say they are wrong in their methods. I point out where I believe they are misinterpreting arguments. I address the logic of the argument, not the facts. How hard is that to grasp?

    Why can’t you understand the difference?

    Posted by hambydammit | January 22, 2009, 12:13 am

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