Friday, March 2, 2012

Tekton Tenure: 2nd Half of 2004

Yep, good time to get back to this....this was the time of 2004 when we got hit by 3 hurricanes in a row, by the way...

Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth -- once described by James Hannam as one of the most dishonest websites around, it has improved its graphics but not its scholarly competence. Particularly amusing is the page on Mithra, where the webmaster was compelled to admit his gross errors in saying such things as that Mithra was crucified and rose from the dead. The mea culpa is hilariously ironic:

I first wrote this page back the late 1990s. New to the subject, I was naive about Christian origins scholarship. I figured anybody who took the time to fill a book with hundreds of pages about Jesus would take the time to check the facts. My bad. Turns out Christian origins scholarship, amateur or academic, isn't given much to rigor.

When I tried to do what I though everyone did—check the facts—I discovered the "facts" here are not actually facts. They are earnest amateur legend, some of it repeated generation to generation back into the 1800s.

Too bad he hasn't figured out that that's true for everything else he's posted, too.

Nadir Ahmed -- one of the few Muslim apologists I've ever bothered with, he's since started his own website. Right now though most of it is "under construction". So is his scholarship.

John Clark -- this guy, the leader of a cult called Pastor John's House, got in some hot Kool-Aid in 2007 when he was hauled into court by someone who claimed Clark broke up his marriage. Sadly, he's still active, though he speaks for himself in terms of his intellect; when you click the page about his credentials, it says:

Listen to the various messages Jesus has given to Pastor John.

Oh wow. Creds straight from Jesus. I'm impressed!

Tom Harpur -- the author of The Pagan Christ has kept writing books, and even has some YouTube videos, but for his supposed level, it seems no one is paying attention any more.

Gary Sloan -- a retired English prof, he wrote for from 2003-2006 and other atheist publications, despite being a Biblical ignoramus. As far as I can tell, he's still around; he was writing reviews on Amazon in 2010, but a quick search doesn't reveal any major/recent activity.

1 comment:

  1. Wow. Never heard of this John Clark guy until I read the above post, and then looked up your entry on him in Tekton. Never mind the fact that Jesus Himself called the Spirit "he" most explicitly in John 14:17, I've been dealing with lots of people like him over the years, makes me think it's some sort of fundamental mental issue.