From: Jim Beale (email@example.com)
Date: Sat May 24 1997 - 05:39:15 EDT
At 1:43 PM +0000 5/24/97, Mark Goodacre wrote:
>My own impression is that there is very little in NT scholarship that
>has taken statistics seriously. One attempt is K. Grayston and G.
>Herdan, 'The Authorship of the Pastorals in the Light of Statistical
>Linguistics' in NTS 6 (1959-60), pp. 1ff. They conclude that the
>Pastoral Epistles are certainly not by Paul on the basis of their
>method. As a non-expert, though, I would not be able to judge what
>they say. Is anyone else familiar with this (or similar) articles?
I think it was Benjamin Disraeli, the great statesman, who said that
there are only three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics!
Statistical analysis _can_ be quite useful, if carefully done; but
often (not always!), I think, the results express the presuppositions
of the analyst. And always, always, the results of an incomplete
induction are open to reevaluation as more information comes to light.
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