Thommy Stark, as I have said, is a dishonest manipulator who doesn’t do his homework and never wants to admit error, and there’s plenty of examples of how. But I’m going to focus on one in particular here, which he can expect me to bring up repeatedly for the rest of eternity, along with many others.
Background – I appealed to the work of a scholar named Ernst Herzfeld for a point in an older article. In a more recent reply to Thommy, I appealed to the same work, only instead of calling him Ernst Herzfeld, I referred to him as Ernest Herzfeld.
The other day, I said that I couldn’t recall why I did this. I thought it may have been a typo; or it may have been a subconscious remembrance of my community college classes in German coming through, for as I have noted, “Ernest” is just a proper Anglicanization of Ernst. (See an example of both being used here and also an interesting explanation of the relationship between the two, as last names, here.) More recently, I thought it was also possible that Microsoft Word automatically “corrected” Ernst to Ernest, and this seemed to be the case while I typed this entry, at first; but if that was the case, it no longer does so.
But it really doesn’t matter how or why this happened and why Ernst got changed to Ernest. The point rather is that Thommy decided to make a big deal of it, thusly:
Holding claims that I am unaware of the work of Ernst ("Or “Ernest,” if you ask Holding as of 10/28/10) Herzfeld on Son of Man and am unaware of the way that Bar Enash (Son of Man) was used in Old Babylonian to depict royalty.
Since, as I said, the two variations are both legitimate spellings, Thommy ends up looking more of a fool than usual here. It illustrates something I have said of many critics of Christianity: They don’t do their homework before mouthing off. And actually, even common sense and logic should have told Thommy that it MIGHT be possible that the two versions were both legitimate, but Thommy obviously lacked even that component of intellectualism here – which is something else I have said about him.
Everyone makes mistakes, of course. But only a fool chooses to make such a big deal over someone’s mistakes (especially a trivial one), mouthing off about it without checking to be sure his own house is in order. Thus here, Thommy proved himself a fool of the highest order, someone whose concern for accuracy and integrity is at a bare minimum standard. (This is also why I don't mock other people's possible typos, unless they either do so to mine first or there is ample reason to think it is not merely a typo: Eg, Richard Carrier spelling "Revelation" with an S on the end.)
And you can bet I’ll hit Stark on the head with this bungle a lot over the next several years until he admits his error. That, and his error in having Loftus as an endorsee.
Have a happy eternity,Thommy.