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Frank L. Hoffman Interviewed: Peacemaking
Comments by Maynard S. Clark - 21 Feb 2003

Re: Comments by Tony Ingram - 20 Feb 2003

The possible illusion here is that we're reading texts, very old texts which are extremely difficult to verify (as any scholarly expert in Ancient and Near Eastern texts, or a Biblical archaeologist).

To me is seems somewhat presumptuous to start OUT judging the texts in a certain way without having much direct exposure to the materials and conditions of ancient history, through which they were transmitted to us.

Furthermore, we have the clear ethical challenge of supporting war, and presumably "war in general" simply because of a literal, unsophisticated reading of some texts for which we have no originals (only presumed translations).

Yes, lots of folks have deep personal investments in believing that these texts are what they were told that they are, but (a) is that true AND (b) who is in a position to KNOW it to be the case (one way or another)?

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