New conference on the Secret Gospel of Mark

Tony Burke reports of a conference on Secret Mark to be held at York University on April 29, 2011 (Ancient Gospel or Modern Forgery? The Secret Gospel of Mark in Debate). He has been arranging this special colloquium together with Phil Harland (Conference: Ancient Gospel or Modern Forgery? The Secret Gospel of Mark in Debate).

The participants will be:

Scott Brown, University of Toronto
Tony Burke, York University
Bruce Chilton, Bard College
Craig Evans, Acadia Divinity College
Phil Harland, York University
Charles Hedrick, Missouri State U.
Peter Jeffery, U. of Notre Dame
Marvin Meyer, Chapman University
Allan Pantuck, U. of California
Pierluigi Piovanelli, U. of Ottawa
Hershel Shanks, Editor of Biblical Archaeology Review

I am not sure if this will be of any importance for the question of the letter’s authenticity, but perhaps some papers of interest will be presented.

2 kommentarer

  1. bbnews said,

    10 februari, 2011 den 14:31

    Can’t find you among the participants, Roger.

    Or have I become dim-sighted?

    I’m sure you’ve gained enough mastery in how to evaluate the secret gospel of Mark to belong to and be one of the scholars debating this subject.

    It’s a pity you’ll not attend.


  2. 10 februari, 2011 den 17:21

    Yes but he doesn’t have the three magic letters beside his name. That’s all it comes down to. Just think. In the old days being distinguished with these lettters proved something. Now we live in an age of instant writing. People can see whether or not what you are saying is rational or has merit. I say we should simply boycott ‘professional’ scholarship. There are a number of examples were being a ‘professional’ is viewed negatively – sex being the most obvious.

    Why should we boycott events like this? Because these people are too accomodating to the religious fanatics. Look at the list of scholars here. We all know who is the religious nut and who isn’t. But to sit at the same table as these lunatics and actually pretend that there is some ‘question’ of authenticity is simply absurd.

    What is the crux of the argument against the discovery? It’s not the forger’s tremor because even Birger Pearson now recognizes that was done improperly. The ‘Morton Salt company’ reference? Come on. Perhaps it is the inherent ‘criminality’ of being homosexual? Sheesh.

    The bottom line is that no one – not even the ‘professionals’ who have chosen to defend the text – has addressed the only question that matters here. Did Clement write the Letter to Theodore? As such the only people I want to hear from are experts on Clement and what they have to say. All these people do is respond to the religious lunatics (Carlson, Evans, Hurtado) in order to keep the debate going and having ‘accomplishments’ (published articles, attention) show up on their CV. I say stop the insanity. Stop the incestuous commingling that goes on in scholarship.

    Until someone can come up with an argument to the contrary let’s assume the discovery was authentic. For it has been over fifty years and nothing of substance has been discovered (other than the possibility that the guy who discovered the text ‘might’ have been a little strange).

    Let the religious zealots ignore the text. What else can they do? Are they going to change their minds? Of course not. But the continuous haggling back and forth only serves their aim (i.e. to justify ignoring the document).

    We are not professional scholars. We don’t have to accept every customer that walks up to us and offers us $50 for a romp in the back of the car. I say ignore the conference, stop the insanity. We just have to say no.



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