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Old 12th January 2021, 09:17 PM   #312
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Originally Posted by HansMustermann View Post
Does Tolkien scholarship make falsifiable predictions at all?
Does any kind of literary scholarship?

Originally Posted by HansMustermann View Post
Then literary scholarship of the Bible is also valid, it's just not science. Thus one can be validly called a Bible scholar.

Personally, I think you're focusing too heavily on gatekeeping "science" according to one specific criterion. I think this runs the risk of devaluing the work of genuine scholars on the basis that what they are doing is not science. One can use some of the tools that science uses to draw conclusions based on evidence, while not necessarily making and testing falisifiable predictions. That's what I meant when I said that it's possible to study the bible scientifically.

The biggest problem with bible scholarship as I see it is that the scholars themselves are frequently also theologists, and the field is terminally muddied by issues of faith, which is not even remotely scientific.
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