Landon Hedrick on Mythicists and Peer Review

Landon Hendrick has a great post about mythicism and peer review and makes an excellent point, often overlooked by many in the mythicist community.  Here is a snippet:

Now, I don’t think that they should start writing papers in defense of mythicism (presenting, for example, a summary of the overall case) for journal submissions. Doing that is bound to fail for the simple fact that you can’t make much headway on that topic in a journal article. Consider the fact that Earl Doherty made his comprehensive case in an 800+ page book. A journal article on that broad topic would likely end up being pretty superficial and unconvincing. And besides that, Earl Doherty seems to think that the scholars in charge of peer review wouldn’t accept a paper on this topic anyway. So that’s not the route I’d recommend.

So my advice would instead be to write scholarly papers on narrow topics which will, if accepted, help support your overall case. All mythicists likely take particular stands on issues which are controversial, so convincing the rest of the scholars that you’re right about those things will go a long way toward helping them to see that you’re right about the big picture as well. Once they see the individual pieces of your case come together in a series of well-written scholarly papers, they’ll be more likely to take mythicism more seriously. And that means they’ll be more likely to read your books and interact with your arguments.

via Landon Hedrick Blogs: Mythicists Need Peer Review.

Do go and read the whole thing.  I have argued this point over and over again and I’m sure my readers are tired of hearing my voice.  So go read another!

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One Response

  1. HEDRICK
    And Carrier isn’t necessarily saying that none of the relevant peer review has been done. Of course it has. He’s saying that there’s a lot of peer review left to do, …

    CARR
    So it is not the case that none of the relevant peer review has been done.

    So why are people complaining about no peer review having been done?

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