Re: Seeing a life-giving spirit with a camcorder

From: D. F. Siemens, Jr. <>
Date: Wed Oct 19 2005 - 00:43:37 EDT

On Tue, 18 Oct 2005 22:34:06 -0400 "George Murphy" <>
> [in small part]
> & no, I would not be "happy to debate" this with a person who begins
> his
> post with "Wel, of course, the miracles are as much literary
> constructs as
> the Koran and the Book of Mormon, and for much the same reasons."
> Of
> course? How's that for an attempt at preemptive intimidation?
> Shalom
> George Murphy
I agree with your analysis of the intent. However, I also have to ask
whether any more or less formal written record does not bear the marks of
construction. Unless we take our construction from the words appearing on
a Scrabble board, which will probably communicate nothing, we choose our
facts and order them. Construction is not the same as invention, as in
tall tales.

Aspects of the discussion remind me of a conversation among a group of
women that my wife reported. One mother said that the doctor said he
child felt bad because of intestinal parasites. Another woman said, "I
don't believe in worms," bringing the topic to an end. There are so many
things some people can't believe in, whatever the evidence. But they can
believe that unequalled legends arose within a couple decades of events,
even while participants were still alive.
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