Dr McGrath has proposed a wonderful idea that will be sure to clear the air of much misunderstanding and misinformation about what proponents of the Christ myth “claim”. He has suggested setting up a TalkHistoricity site where all the mythicist claims can be set out and people who know better can respond to them, — so it’s all there in the open, in one central place, a wonderful resource for all interested in the debate, no doubt from both sides.
So to help Dr McGrath get this started, I’d thought I’d take the initiative and invite any mythicist to send Dr McGrath a “claim”. I am sure he will find this most useful. I know he does not want to prejudice the site by having himself or other opponents of mythicism put words into the mouths of the likes of Doherty, Price, Wells, Carrier, etc. I know he wants this to be an authoritative resource. So if all the mythicists send him claims then all he has to do is find people to respond to each one.
Of course, some of us might be thinking “claim” is a pretty strong word. If so, why not present a statement and explain whatever it is: a proposition, a hypothesis, a reasoned argument, an scholarly-based interpretation (cite the sources, of course), a conclusion from X and Y, or whatever.
That will help the good doctor to categorize the different “claims” and enable a more fruitful and enlightening information source.
Or maybe we can all save up the “claims” and send them all together once he announces how he plans to set up his new authoritative resource to educate the likes of Jerry Coyne and others.
I’m looking forward to it. I was thinking of collating his old reviews of Earl Doherty’s JNGNM and forwarding his claims about what Doherty says in that book. I’d then add and send McGrath the full quotation of what Doherty really did say so this time he can get it right. I’m sure he’ll find it helpful and a great public service to the advancement of nonsectarian historical knowledge.
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