User talk:Smeat75

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New Testament Scholars are Unreliable and biased[edit]

Regarding Christ Myth Theory - this article has the Papal Seal of Approval - an article about the Christ Myth Theory that is obviously written by believers in the New Testament - the New Testament that is steeped in mythology and made-up history. The Christ Myth theory article is awful. "Oh yes, let's write a critical article about the historical Christ, and while we're at it, let's endorse the Word of God found in the Holy Bible and discredit the false disbelievers". Dickie birdie (talk) 22:46, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

Well, thank you for taking the time out of your day to come to my talk page and tell me that. As this is my talk page, I can go into a little rant. You and a lot of others seem to think that anybody who insists that it is the mainstream view that Jesus was crucified by Pontius Pilate is an undoubted historical fact is a frothing at the mouth Christian fundamentalist. That isn't why I think that, it is because I am a ROMAN PAGAN and I believe it because TACITUS says so!!!!! There is only ONE THING that we know FOR SURE about Jesus, which is that he was crucified, the historian from whom I learned almost everything I know about classical history, Michael Grant, says so and so does the greatest Roman historian, TACITUS. If he was crucified, he had to exist first, so he UNQUESTIONABLY did, it is just IGNORANT people who know NOTHING about Roman history who think anything else.
I feel so much better for getting that off my chest.Smeat75 (talk) 23:30, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
    • First, the "Annals" of Tacitus were first pronounced as fake when they first appeared during the 15th century - no ancient writer is aware of their existence. You can't say "Hey, here is a second century reference, or third century reference, or fourth century reference to the Annals by Tacitus". Secondly, relating to the crucifixion, which Christian of the first century mentions the name of Pontius Pilate? None of the early epistles found in the New Testament mention him within the context of the Crucifixion. You can't say the Gospels, because no Christian of the first century referred to the existence of the Gospels. The theory that the Gospels date from the first century is only that, only a theory and yet another example of New Testament scholarship bias." Dickie birdie (talk) 09:52, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
      • That's what I said, ignorant people who know NOTHING about ROMAN HISTORY and ARROGANTLY imagine that know better than the greatest classicist of the 20th century MICHAEL GRANT. Please do not continue this stupid argument on my talk page, I unfortunately waste too much time trying to keep the articles relating to Jesus and ROMAN HISTORY neutral and accurate I don't need to do the same thing on my talk page also.Smeat75 (talk) 12:37, 11 April 2014 (UTC)


And a Happy New Year to you.

I'm not on Wikipedia much these days, but took the time to answer a question placed on my talk page. Now that this has devolved into personal attacks, I must turn to more pressing matters away from the encyclopedia. But I thought I should warn you that your name was just evoked at Talk:Suetonius on Christians.

I really don't know how I could've been more attentive (in returning to a topic I hadn't visited since 2013!), but this is exactly why I don't lavish my time and energy on Wikipedia any longer. I was asked to revisit the translation of this vexatious Latin sentence. I did, and took a lot of time retracing a topic far from my mind, and finally got back to "oh yes, Erich S. Gruen has already taken care of this matter for us." At which point I said that since we have sources dismissing this one point (the translation of impulsore Chresto) of Slingerland as simply in error or ignorance of how to read Latin correctly, our work is done, unless we can find sources that support Slingerland. Of course the disputant didn't want to do the actual work of researching sources; he now simply wishes to beat up on me, and since I'm withdrawing, has vowed to turn to you. Good luck! For this is the sort of user who can't even be bothered to create a user name or sign a comment. And best to you in general, Cynwolfe (talk) 19:01, 5 January 2016 (UTC)

Thank you Cynwolfe for the message, I have not been on wikipedia for two years precisely because of the sort of stuff you mention, I really regret getting involved in the Jesus in Roman history articles, there are so many POV pushers and editors who know nothing about antiquity and do not care about anything except "I don't think there was ever even such a person as Jesus." Then I also got involved in controversy about Jewish history which was very upsetting. It all started to seem like a massive waste of time and emotional energy.I think I will edit on classical music again, we will see.Smeat75 (talk) 22:55, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Edit request for Suetonius on Christians[edit]

Hi Smeat75. I have query for you on the Suetonius on Christians Talk page. I would be grateful if you could take a look. No hurry. (I am by the way, as Cynwolfe describes me just above, "the disputant didn't want to do the actual work of researching sources; he now simply wishes to beat up on me [Cynwolfe], and since I'm withdrawing, has vowed to turn to you. Good luck! For this is the sort of user who can't even be bothered to create a user name or sign a comment.")

Historicity of Jesus[edit]

You have recently reversed my edition despite the fact that the subject have been discussed with user Donner60 in his own talk page. There is no POV in the edition. I have merely turned a direct quote into an encyclopedic text, clarifying that the assertion made by the christian author is an opinion, and not (by far) academic consensus. Please revert your edition and be mindful of the references added to the article. (talk) 04:12, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

I have added a comment on the article talk page.Smeat75 (talk) 15:29, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

Giulio Cesare[edit]

Thank you for the questions on my talk, - I come here to understand you better. - You asked why the boxes are so important for me. Please look at Falstaff. The box was added by admired and missed Viva-Verdi, - continuing the work of such people is why. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:41, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

I was sorry to hear that Viva-Verdi had died. He helped me a lot with formatting and so forth when I started trying to improve the Handel opera and oratorio pages. He never said anything about infoboxes to me. In my opinion they do not add anything to the articles on Handel, merely repeat information in the lead and it is better to have the composer's picture and the catalogue of his works at the top of the page. I have never removed infoboxes from other articles and would not try to do so even in articles on Handel works where they are long standing. Smeat75 (talk) 16:03, 2 August 2016 (UTC)
Viva-Verdi didn't speak to me about infoboxes, he just equipped all operas by Verdi with one. - The information in the infobox is the same as in the lead (by definition), but structured, which is good for some readers (sometimes called idiots) whom I am ready to serve also. To me, the image of the first publication of Giulio Cesare says so much more about its style than that of the (too old) composer, - I take the composer's image when no other image is available. - I prefer the bottom navbox to a side navbox anytime. Did you know that for a long time I didn't discover that you have to click on "show" in order to see something? - I will leave Handel works in peace, as French opera ;) - Happy editing. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 16:34, 2 August 2016 (UTC)
I am very grateful that you will not add infoboxes to articles on Handel works, but you don't have to "leave them in peace". You have helped me with naming and other issues on articles on Handel anthems and cantatas, and I appreciated it. Best wishesSmeat75 (talk) 16:55, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

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In the discussion to which I have no intention to comment: would you kindly correct the user name of the closer. - I am far happier singing and writing. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 16:38, 29 August 2016 (UTC)

Sorry about that, I have corrected it, thanks for pointing that out.Smeat75 (talk) 16:48, 29 August 2016 (UTC)
Please remind me in case you see me in infobox discussions that I have better things to do ;) - like making the psalm a FA, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 16:53, 29 August 2016 (UTC)
Haha! Will do, I promise!Smeat75 (talk) 16:55, 29 August 2016 (UTC)
Life is too short. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:19, 29 August 2016 (UTC)

Review of Guy's RfC close[edit]

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No, I'm not 'happy.'[edit]

Sorry if this seems like an intrusion to you, but I wanted to let you know that I am not happy nor do I feel like I've won because that group of editors is leaving. I've got issues with some of them. But a decision to leave - especially with invested effort - is a serious one that I've faced as well. And if they're your friends, I hope I understand why you'd be upset at it. LaughingVulcan 02:10, 1 September 2016 (UTC)

I am also not happy about people leaving. To see my name in thread header suggesting that I am the cause adds to unhappiness. Music is the only consolation. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:30, 1 September 2016 (UTC)
I did not put your name in the thread title and I don't blame you in particular.Smeat75 (talk) 12:34, 1 September 2016 (UTC)
I only expressed my ill feelings, - as I can't possibly reply in the thread I needed an outlet, sorry about that. I miss everybody gone. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:50, 1 September 2016 (UTC)
On the positive side: I had reason to mention Handel's Jubilate here. One more thought: I was also close to leaving, three times, but never over something that - forgive me - looks so small to me. First when a dear friend was driven away by people who were sure he was a sock, second when the greatest editor I came to know was banned by the community, third when it looked to me like Andy would be banned. (I didn't know that arbs can change their mind.) That third time, which I remember vividly, I made up my mind to defiantly stay and not do opponents the favour to leave ;) - I have a red category on my user page expressing that, below my boxes. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:58, 1 September 2016 (UTC)
Tim and SchroCat both said it isn't just the infobox issue but constant bickering and bullying that has simply taken the enjoyment out of editing WP for them, very sad. I stopped editing WP for two years for the same reason, not just infoboxes, and coming back things have not improved,in fact they have got worse.Smeat75 (talk) 13:10, 1 September 2016 (UTC)
Thank you for Marie Battu and the others, that's what we need. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:01, 1 September 2016 (UTC)
Nice of you to say so.Smeat75 (talk) 14:26, 1 September 2016 (UTC)

Thank you![edit]

Hi Smeat. Thanks so much for all the new opera articles! I've added two of them to the selection of new articles at the top of WikiProject Opera's talk page. Best, Voceditenore (talk) 09:41, 3 September 2016 (UTC)