Talk:Robert M. Price
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Point of inquiry
I made this article less biased
- The article is not in any sense biased. I have removed your unsatisfactory link. Any criticism should be balanced and authoritative. Laurence Boyce 18:52, 12 November 2006 (UTC)
- I dunno--I don't think that the article was particularly biased before, in the sense that it wasn't cheerleading for Price. But if there's substantive criticism of Price out there, why not link to it? Criticism by its nature is not "balanced"--and as for "authoritative", that's a measure a lot of people would use to dismiss Price's work. I say it's worth putting back. Nareek 20:18, 12 November 2006 (UTC)
- I don't think it's relevant whether or not Price is considered to be authoritative. When I suggested the criticism was not authoritative, I was referring to the fact that it came not in the form of an article published in a reputable journal, say, but merely from somebody's pet website. The link is also very unsatisfactory as you have to scroll down to get to Price. By balanced criticism, I meant that a view both for and against should be presented; though frankly for an article this size, I think criticism is unnecessary, especially if it comes in the form of a flaky link. Laurence Boyce 20:58, 12 November 2006 (UTC)
Is James Patrick Holding a good source for critique? Mr Price is a scholar and Holding, I believe, is not. Link should be removed IMHO. 188.8.131.52 23:51, 12 November 2006 (UTC)
- Surely the best proponent of Price's ideas is Price, and you can (of course) easily access his views from this article. I think the article is greatly strengthened by including a link to a representative of orthodox Christianity who has paid serious attention to Price's writings and has made an effort to refute it. I followed the link, found the Price material easily, and wasn't terribly impressed by the counter-arguments--which was informative to me, assuming that this is the strongest Price rebuttal one can find on the Web.
- Holding is a scholar in the same sense that Price is--that is, his reputation is based on his work rather than on his credentials. I get pretty annoyed when I see WP editors dismissing people like Price because they don't have the proper certifications--it reminds me of the scene in The Wizard of Oz where the Wizard gives the Tin Man a diploma instead of giving him a brain. For consistency's sake, I try to be equally annoyed when editors try to squelch people I disagree with as well.
- Clearly, a good WP article on Robert M. Price should explain his views and explain the views of his critics--regardless of whether we think either Price or his critics are full of hot air. As it stands, the article doesn't do much explaining of anything. But a step in the right direction is the inclusion of links so that the more resourceful reader can find out for themselves what's being said pro and con. If someone knows of a site that does a better job of refuting Price, let's replace Holding. Until then, I think the article is better off with the link. Nareek 01:33, 13 November 2006 (UTC)
- I know this very much after the fact but I should point out that Holding is NOT anywhere near the same level as Price. Price has been published in several peer-reviewed journals while Holding hasn't seen a single work published in such a venue. Moreover as the 1 star reviews at Amazon regarding his Shattering the Christ Myth shows anyone with reasonable access to a library or even the internet can refute Holding showing that his research is poor to non existence and instead of providing reasoned rebuttal he prefers to insult people...even if they are a seminary student!--184.108.40.206 (talk) 07:50, 9 November 2013 (UTC)
The fact that Holding had his article deleted makes a better case for deleting his link. Maybe it could be moved down to External Links? Nareek 16:12, 13 November 2006 (UTC)
- My main problem is with the nature of the link itself, and the fact that it is essentially a private website. I would not mind some critique from Holding if it were in the form of an article from a reputable journal. But anyone can set up a POV website and say anything including stuff that might be wholly erroneous; it's insufficiently accountable and it might even change over time without our noticing. So I still don't think the link should appear anywhere in the article, but I'm happy to concede the argument for now. But whether Price or Holding are considered notable doesn't really come into it in my view; in that sense I'm anti-credentialist too. Laurence Boyce 17:36, 13 November 2006 (UTC)
The article has an internal link to yet to be published Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary Wikipedia article. I looked at the website for the Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary and it isn't too impressive.  Is there any major accrediting organization which accredits the Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary? 11:25, 17 November 2006 ken (UTC)kdbuffalo
- Its main claim to fame seems to be that Price is affiliated with it--so maybe not. Nareek 12:10, 17 November 2006 (UTC)
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Rearrange January 2009
I've had a go with this article. I've culled a lot of stuff in Theology section because one argument was unsourced, and the other I thought went on after the point had been made. The previous article was here . I've left the tags. Has anyone got any negative critism about this guy? Edgepedia (talk) 08:28, 11 January 2009 (UTC)
Here are the references found during the deletion disussion:
- http://www.tektonics.org/books/priceshrink.htm http://www.bible.org/page.php?page_id=5033
Refs 1-6 are lists of books or new(ish) books.
8. Is bible.org taken from J. Ed Komoszewski; M. James Sawyer; Daniel B. Wallace (31 May 2006). Reinventing Jesus: How Contemporary Skeptics Miss the Real Jesus and Mislead Popular Culture. ISBN 082542982X. Unknown parameter
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|publisher= suggested) (help), critising 'The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man'.
Price reviews this book in the Religous Studies Review here (need to pay for text)
11. Is a handout at Stanford, referring Price in their further reading list.
I thought I'd linked to this: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P3-730330471.html, but it looks like I didn't. A review of 'The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man' in The Catholic Biblical Quarterly - cite - William Arnal (October 1, 2004). "The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man (review)". Catholic Biblical Quarterly.
There are reviews of 'Deconstructing Jesus' published in Ashland Theological Journal and Journal of Church and State.
The article currently begins with, "Robert McNair Price (born July 7, 1954 in Mississippi) is Professor of Theology and Scriptural Studies at Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary, an unaccredited school in Carol City, Florida governed by a New Thought organisation known as the Universal Foundation for Better Living". Now, I have no reason to doubt that any of this is true. Dr. Price is a professor at an unaccredited school, presumably because he has been unable to find a suitable position at a more prestigious school, which says more about American academe's shortcoming's that Price's. However, there's a serious undue weight issue here. It's true that Price's bona fides are not established by his teaching position. The solution, then, is not to derogate his teaching position in the intro and imply that he might be a New Thought-ist (I don't know but I doubt that he is). Instead, let's just describe him as a scholar and author, and leave the details of his role as professor to a later section.—Nat Krause(Talk!·What have I done?) 23:11, 27 May 2009 (UTC)
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