Thursday, October 08, 2009

The Maleficent Seven?

Over at Crooked Timber, mockery of the Conservapedia Authorized Version veers into mockery of Seven Men Who Rule the World from the Grave by Dave Breese, these worthies being "Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Julius Wellhausen, Sigmund Freud, John Dewey, John Maynard Keynes, and Soren Kierkegaard."

Commenter Ajay:
I’m seeing Yul Brynner as Keynes, James Coburn as Darwin, Robert Vaughn as Kierkegaard, Steve McQueen as Freud, Charles Bronson as Marx ....

“John, we go up against Calvera and his men, a lot of us are going to come back dead.”

“Karl, you know what I always say: in the long run, we’re all dead.”
Oh, to be a billionaire who could produce this as a vanity project.

("Julius Wellhausen?" A man only a fundamentalist could hate:
Wellhausen was famous for his critical investigations into Old Testament history and the composition of the Hexateuch. He is perhaps best known for his Prolegomena zur Geschichte Israels of 1883 (first published 1878 as Geschichte Israels), in which he advanced a definitive formulation of the Documentary hypothesis, arguing that the Torah or Pentateuch had its origins in a redaction of four originally independent texts dating from several centuries after the time of Moses, their traditional author. Wellhausen's hypothesis remained the dominant model for Pentateuchal studies until the last quarter of the 20th century, when it began to be challenged by scholars who saw more and more hands at work in the Torah, ascribing them to periods even later than Wellhausen had proposed.

Wellhausen's uncompromisingly secular approach to the bible and the detailed cogency of his re-creation of early Israelite history (one which dismissed such fundamental Jewish beliefs as their status as God's "chosen people," and even the originally monotheistic nature of ancient Israelite religion) led to accusations from conservative Jews, and even Christians, that he was motivated not by the dispassionate search for truth but by a desire to destroy the Jewish religion.
Ruling the world, folks!)

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