Do contradictions in a story show that it didn’t happen?  When I first responded (a few days ago) to Mark Goodacre’s five points calling into question the traditional story of the discovery of the Nag Hammadi Library, I was intrigued to receive a number of comments suggesting I sure seemed to be inconsistent in how I dealt with historical accounts.

To wit:  Why would I say contradictions in the Nag Hammadi discovery story (that Mark pointed out) DON’T show that the basic account is false — that is, didn’t happen —  but I DO use contradictions to call the Gospel accounts of Jesus into question.  Is this an agenda-driven inconsistency?

All right — fair question.  First let me remind you that

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