Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A lesson from the "hard" sciences

“[W]e need to take the approach that all of our serious and well-intentioned efforts are steps along the way toward better understanding. There is a saying in the hard sciences that a negative result is also a result, because it indicates a direction not to follow”
I just read this line in Stanley Porter's new book, Inking the Deal (Baylor, 2010), p. 162, and it occurred to me that this is the perfect disclaimer to cite in the preface to my thesis when it is finally published! Of course, I happen to think I am right about my major claims concerning Paul's divine-Christology, but such feigned vacillation can't hurt one's image! 


At 11/24/2010 12:50 AM, Anonymous Nick Norelli said...

I happen to think you're right too, because, well... YOU ARE!

At 11/24/2010 12:51 AM, Blogger Chris Tilling said...

Hey Nick, thanks. I was big-upping your blog to Adrianna from IVP yesterday!

At 11/24/2010 2:16 AM, Anonymous Nick Norelli said...

Many thanks! Adrianna is one of the more personable publicists I've interacted with. Did you have an opportunity to meet her in person at SBL or did this big-upping take place via some digital means?

At 11/24/2010 9:27 AM, Blogger Terry Wright said...

Who's publishing your thesis, Chris?

At 11/24/2010 11:47 PM, Blogger Chris Tilling said...

Thanks for asking, Terry. No deal is signed yet, but I am hoping for one in particular. More news when I feel free to share.

Nick, I met Adrianna at SBL and, yes, she is very friendly


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