and he has quite a load of people thoroughly pissed off at him both theists and atheists. I guess his utter intellectual dishonesty has finally caught up with him - and it didn't take very long either. Are you surprised?
With all the big time scholars he named dropped so often claiming they were "peer reviewing" his book or taking him under their wing - why didn't any of them mention that viciously attacking others with malicious lies, smears, libel etc is not a wise thing to do?
Well, it's all irrelevant now because he has ruined what little bit of credibility Rook/Thomas
he had and will spend the rest of his life attempting (unsuccessfully) to escape the mess
has created for himself. I can't say that I feel sorry for him because I don't - he brought all of this on himself. His vicious and malicious attacks on Acharya are unforgivable - he still owes her an apology.
Thomas Verenna / Rook Hawkins has thoroughly proved himself to be an utter embarrassment to skeptics and freethinkers everywhere.
Tom Verenna/Rook Hawkins
A young bullshit artist by the pseudonym of “Rook Hawkins,” of the now infamous Rational Response Squad, is currently using the name Thomas Verenna (apparently his birth name). Unfortunately for him, the name changed has not changed the fact that he is a full of shit.
First and foremost among his bullshittery is the fact that he often (very often) calls himself a “critical historian” and sometimes even a “public historian,” despite that fact that many of us in the Atheist world doubt that the boy even has a high school diploma.
That fact that he doesn’t have any training at all in the discipline of historical studies doesn’t seem to bother the boy one bit.
Not that being an “autodidact” (as he claims), in and of itself, is anything to be ashamed of, but when a person self-addresses themselves as a “public historian” we (those of us who study history) have certain expectations for that person, e.g. having published some original work or done research with sources documents, etc.
So what is the point? Well, I, as a history student, am annoyed that Rook self-applies titles he has not earned in any sense of the word.
But not only that, I have been reading Rice University’s Dr. DeConick’s blog entitled The Forbidden Gospels because she has been commenting on the “new” and improved “Jesus Seminar.” It is fairly interesting to me because of my Divinity background and the fact that while I was attending Seminary the first “Jesus Seminar” was being held. So who appears in Dr. DeConick’s comments the other day? Rook.
So good for him, right? Wrong. He got mentioned (wow, cool) and then wrote a rather lengthy, whiny, post on his new blog claiming that the Rice University professor doesn’t understand his (a nobody with no training) argument:
…I want to start out by making it clear that April has not represented my position correctly. Even when she quotes it in block-quote format, she seems to have missed my words completely. This is a serious problem because we will continue to talk past each other.
She derives another ad hoc [sic] argument from thin air and talks past me. My original point was thus:…
Mythicists examine religious-meme change (how quickly did religious trends change and how much could they have changed over that period of time—for example, euhemerizing a legendary figure of Jesus into a historical setting).”…
If April is going to continually ignore vital questions, misrepresent valid points of investigation, this project will never get on its feet. Instead, we will be grid-locked in a never ending blogersation talking past each other in an ad hoc [sic] war
I have to ask April to carefully read the articles she wants to openly discuss publicly. If she is going to attack a position, she should at least know more about it first.
It is of course insulting to suggest that the Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Biblical Studies at Rice University doesn’t understand his argument. But this is Rook’s modus operandi in his on-going pursuit to present himself as something he is not.
In light of this, I certainly hope that it is merely a coincidence that Dr. DeConick’s desicion to no be involved in the new Jesus Project coicided with Rook’s latest temper tantrum.
Shame on you Rook, go to college.
Now, I am also finding out that Thomas Verenna was also a fellow of The Jesus Project (TJP) until recently being completely removed. My question is how in the hell did he ever get in TJP in the first place - shakes head with amazement. Richard Carrier must be tired of constantly carrying Rook/ Thomas Verenna on his shoulders by now?
, as a side note - "Kelly" (Kelly O’Connor/Kasey Grant) from the Rational Response Squad (RRS) is now working, in her words as an, "Adult Entertainer and Professional Goddess" - as a webcam sex kitten: