Re: Who's opinion should be considered:

From: George Murphy <>
Date: Mon Aug 15 2005 - 11:59:02 EDT

There was a man who taught at Harvard (whose name I forget) who was
considered one of the world's greatest experts on Shakespeare but who had
only an A.B. degree. When asked why he hadn't gotten a doctorate he
replied, "Who would examine me?"


----- Original Message -----
From: "Jack Haas" <>
To: "Glenn Morton" <>; "ASA list" <>
Sent: Monday, August 15, 2005 11:15 AM
Subject: Re: Who's opinion should be considered:

> Then there is the late Peter Jennings who did not finish his sophomore
> year in high school.
> I found the British more tolerant of amateurs in History of Science than
> their US counterparts.
> Jack Haas
> Glenn Morton wrote:
>> To George and Michael,
>> When I did my year sentence in philosophy grad school, the biggest lesson
>> I came away with was the utter necessity of crucial experiments.
>> Philosopher after philosopher would set up his internally self-consistent
>> system of thought, each of which was totally inconsistent with the other
>> guy. No one could tell which, if any, of the systems of thought was
>> correct. I became rather frustrated because I began to realize that truth
>> was really not to be found in philosophy.
>> In many ways, theology has the same problem--the lack of a means to
>> determine which view is correct. That being said, I absolutely would
>> agree with George that if one is to do serious theology, one absolutely
>> must read the ancient theologians and the modern and they must then know
>> the issues. Like most areas one deals with in life, the majority of
>> people are utterly ignorant of theology (that would include me as well).
>> A friend, who I have known for 25 years, who is also a former YEC who
>> struggled with the geologic data, had an appropo saying about the
>> geological ignorance of our fellow YECs in those days. He said, "Not
>> only can most people not argue the issues, most people don't even know
>> what the issues are!"
>> glenn
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