Thursday, September 09, 2021


Preconceived Ideas

Arthur Darby Nock, "Early Gentile Christianity and Its Hellenistic Background," Essays on Religion and the Ancient World, Vol. I (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1972), pp. 49-133 (at 50):
We have to deal on the one hand with assured facts, on the other with more or less probable explanations of or inferences from them. With the latter there must come in an element of subjectivity and room for honest divergence of opinion. Few critics, whether conservative or radical, can hope to be free from preconceived ideas and from the desire to find in the facts something which they wish to find.

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