After much pondering, Elmer L. Fairbank favored us with:
It seems to me that an honest scholar would just stick to writing things
he can authenticate using the documentary record, or at least the
archaeological record. In the absence of such records the author isn't
just engaging in unfounded supposition, he is engaged in irresponsible
guessing and wild speculation. That is, he is just making up the
story. Such a book is fiction, not nonfiction.
Ah, yes, but now it becomes part of the scholarly record, to be quoted ad
nauseum, with the wild speculation becoming more and more a concrete truth
with every scholarly citation.
Exactly! I can see that we are singing from the same hymnal.
John W. Redelfs [EMAIL PROTECTED]
To me, clowns aren't funny. In fact, they're kind of scary.
I've wondered where this started and I think it goes back to
the time I went to the circus, and a clown killed my dad.
All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR
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