Chris Brady likes John Hobbins. I do too, as a person. He’s quite polite and very tall and so you have to like him or he might crush you. But as an intellect, for me, he leaves a lot to be desired.
My only goal in this post was to remind folks that John has one of the best biblioblogs worth reading, Ancient Hebrew Poetry. A recent post on the “absurdity of minimalism” is a great example.
No, it isn’t. Here’s what John wrote, that Chris quotes-
Viewed in this light [that if we applied the same standard to any other historical epochs or figures], minimalism is quite simply absurd. It is a debunking enterprise gone viral. In controlled quantities, like chemotherapy, minimalism has its uses. At high dosage levels, it becomes lethal, and does in the patient – the goal, no doubt, of some committed minimalists.
‘Minimalism’ hasn’t gone viral. Few people even know what it is or what it’s after (as illuminated in a glaring way in Megan’s recent go at it over at Bible and Interpretation). And comparing it to chemotherapy is just grossly absurd. So is suggesting that it can be lethal. Really, John, Chris? Really? Lethal? Minimalism kills people? Ok, name one. Name one person, either of you, killed by minimalism… I’ll wait.
Finally, when John suggests that killing people is the goal of minimalism he betrays his lack of intellectual rigor more clearly than in any other posting. He either knows he’s lying (!) or he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Either way, such language isn’t intellectually stimulating, it’s just dishonest. It’s an attempt to paint ‘minimalism’ in a negative light. That’s all. It’s the construction of a straw man which John then sets ablaze and Chris tosses on a bit of gas just for the fun of it.
I like John. But I disagree with him because he’s just not telling the truth. And I like Chris (he’s affable, and tall as well). But I think he’s got his own reasons for cheering John on. Maybe it’s because they are both tall and sport facial hair.
So now I’m off to await word of the victims of minimalism… The ‘holocaust’ that the enterprise has set in motion. Oh minimalism, where are your millions, your tens of thousands, your thousands, your hundreds, your tens, or even your one? If John is right then surely we need to erect a memorial to your countless victims…