Posted: Feb 01, 2012 11:31 pm
by Byron
TheOneTrueZeke wrote:You didn't ask me but I would think it very silly indeed. I would be hard pressed to keep my eyes frontwards.

I'd find it odd if any book gave so much focus to probability. When Dale Allison examined whether Jesus was an ascetic, he didn't trawl through the gospels making probabilistic assessments: he examined what the material was saying and offered conclusions. It was a qualitative, not a quantitative exercise.

Likewise, when, say, a historian makes a study of 14th Century land ownership, they examine the records and give conclusions. There's no need to abstract it in the way Carrier is.