For Those Coming Here from Vridar

Neil Godfrey from Vridar has graciously linked to my recent review of Robert Price’s The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man, so my blog stats are booming.  I just want to let the people coming here from Vridar know that I am very slow in approving and responding to comments.  I usually check the comments once a day.  I do not do it this way to be stuck-up; I just have other things on my plate.

Thanks for reading!

About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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8 Responses to For Those Coming Here from Vridar

  1. Daniel N. Gullotta says:

    I know the feeling.


  2. jamesbradfordpate says:

    Actually, they liked my review. I’m a bit afraid of getting attacked by fundamentalists and anti-Christ mythers. But I’ll see how things play out. If anything plays out!

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  3. Daniel N. Gullotta says:

    They generally don’t attack me, but I was just saying whenever they link to me my stats boom!

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  4. Neil Godfrey says:

    I do hope you will never see any personal attacks or culpable distortions coming from Vridar. As a rule I routinely delete comments from anyone from either side (including those thinking they are taking my side) of the debate expressing themselves like that. Unfortunately there are always a few bad eggs wherever one looks and I know I have not always lived up to my own ideals.

    For what it’s worth my experience has been that the most obnoxious attackers from the “mythicist” side predominantly belong to one particular group, very popular on the web, who are just as savage in their denigration of me personally and anyone else who dares critically analyse their work — “mythicists” included.

    Again from my experience (and apart from that group I refer to above) most who question the historicity of Jesus (or are open to an explanation for Christianity without such a figure) do try to seriously understand and engage with the scholarship and would love nothing more than to participate in a serious, open discussion in a cordial and respectful manner.

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  5. Neil Godfrey says:

    I should add that though Vridar is often said by others to be a “mythicist blog” only a small portion of our posts are on that topic. Our main interest on the Bible side of things is in Christian origins and sharing scholarship we find of particular interest and that we think others would also like to know about. Unfortunately not a few of our posts, mine in particular, tend to be viewed by outsiders as if they are on some sort of “mythicist agenda” when that is simply not the case at all. I have several times tried to explain I am not interested in proving Jesus did not exist. (I don’t see the point of the argument, quite frankly. I am not interested in attacking anyone’s religious beliefs.) Most of what I discuss is irrelevant to the question. My co-blogger, Tim, is not a mythicist and nor am I if that word means someone who argues that Jesus did not exist. But we know the power of “public branding”.


  6. jamesbradfordpate says:

    Thanks for your comment, Neil! I’ll follow your blog on my blogger feed.


  7. David Ashton says:

    Neil Godfrey puts so much interesting material on the Vridar site that I have already filled several boxes with downloaded material – my old Brother printer is getting like the Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

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