Monday, February 7, 2011

Crackpot Crucifixion

Lately I’ve been pummeling an Acharya S nut on YouTube who maintained that Mithra was crucified; after twisting his arm a few days, and knocking him down with the “no death of Mithras” quote by Gordon that I dug up (the one Lee Strobel now uses in a couple of his books), he’s now admitted his “source was faulty” and is trying to offer various diversions about more scholarly matters such as how I was overweight some months ago and how I’m allegedly bilking people out of money. I’d say that’s a good sign of total victory for our side, wouldn’t you?

But anyway, in the process of dealing with this nut, I decided to check and see if anyone out there was providing any more solid evidence for Mithra being crucified, and discovered a couple of sites with answers – sites that are second cousins to Wikipedia. I’m talking about things like Yahoo Answers, where any average nobody can post a question that any average nobody can answer.

What lies behind these sites is the sort of idiot democracy ideal that makes people think Wikipedia is a reliable source that pools “collective intelligence” (but not also collective stupidity). I can see this sort of thing working well for say, movie reviews or consumer advice (“Has anyone had a bad experience with the Ford Mustang?”), but to use it for such depth, obscure, and scholarly questions is, well...idiotic.

As is shown by the answers that were posted, when someone asked if there was any proof Mithra was crucified. One poor soul linked to Kersey Graves on for validation (thankfully, still has the disclaimer up about not trusting Graves). Another twit said, “Look it up in” Yet another linked to Acharya’s site. Thankfully there were two answers that said it never happened.

A second site like this had another enlightening answer: They said it was, just like in any religion, a matter of faith as to whether Mithra was crucified or not. Um…right.

Things like this may make us think that it wouldn’t be a bad idea if information was more closely regulated the way (say) medication is. That won’t happen – there’s too many issues of intellectual freedom involved, and of who would control the flow. So I guess the best thing to do is to keep pummeling the misinformers mercilessly wherever we find them.

It’s a lot more fun that way anyway.

NOTE: I have to take some time off for my USDA job and some training, so the Forge may not get new posts for the next 2-3 days unless I find some free time.

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