Rules of the Game (on THIS blog site)
In view of some recent comments I think it well to draw attention (again) to the nature of this blog site, and the “rules of the game” for comments. This isn’t at all intended to deter readers or comments, simply to reiterate some guidelines.
First, this isn’t a community bulletin-board, or a talking shop for any and all to air their pet theories. You’ll find that sort of site elsewhere. This is essentially a public space where I post on matters pertaining to my own field of established expertise, the NT and Christian Origins, reflecting my own research and the work of others that I find interesting. I’m not a dedicated cruiser of blog sites myself, not a self-taught amateur in the field of NT/Christian Origins, and this site isn’t a hobby. I don’t blog as a substitute for serious scholarly publication. I blog to communicate the results of scholarship for a wider public. I’m a scholar in the field, and I do this simply to open a window for the wider public on what I find to be the fascinating subject to which I’ve devoted some 40 yrs of professional study.
Comments are welcome on the topic of the posts, and I discourage efforts to redirect discussion into other issues. One commentor recently has been greatly exercised over my failure to post several of his comments, accusing me of censorship. Nothing of the kind. My posting was about a recent article offering fresh linguistic study pertaining to Paul’s statements in 1 Cor 15:1-7 about Jesus’ resurrection. But this commentor wants to engage in philosophical/theological discussion about the feasibility of resurrection, how it could happen, etc. That is not what my posting was about. So, I don’t “censor”, but I do decline to publish comments that veer off into some other topic, or when the commentor is repeating himself and the basic issue has been addressed already.
On the “About this Site” tab, I’ve sketched the basic ground rules to be observed, which include identifying yourself, and staying on the topic of the of the posting to which you comment. If you want a free-wheeling venue where you can wander off into anything that comes to mind, you’ll find blog spaces elsewhere.