On The Trail Of NT Wrong, Part 2

But (as a detective in an Agatha Christie finale might say, having led you to believe that they had identified the murderer by providing motive and opportunity), it turns out that while ETS was on, Mark Goodacre was wandering Boston wearing a cricketing outfit with a piece of celery pinned to the lapel, looking for Peter Davison. (Presumably you’ve also seen the video on YouTube of what happened when he was at the Cheers bar).
So we turn to our next suspect: Jim West.

Jim is not British, but that provides all the more motive. His sarcasm is grating because he is American. Why not deflect the ire of his blog’s readers by uttering his words of wit under a pseudonym with a British accent?

You also presumably noticed the “W” connection here too: Dr. West & Dr. Wrong. And as a Baptist, Jim has always secretly envied bishops. And who more than Jim West would delight in parodying the name N. T. Wright with “NT Wrong”? Can’t you just hear his maniacal laughter in the background every time Chris Tilling sees the blog’s title and cringes.

But the strongest evidence of all is this: Zwingli is never mentioned on NT Wrong’s blog. Not once. Any biblioblogger would be expected at some point to mention Zwingli, if only in passing, would they not? And so clearly this is evidence that NT Wrong is Jim West, trying a little too hard to conceal his identity by avoiding characteristic words and phrases. I’m surprised that that Stephen Carlson didn’t pich up on this.

The fact that Jim was not at ETS or SBL does not disprove this theory. His spies are everywhere, and surely must have provided him with regular reports.

Jim West has a motive as well, his blog having been deleted previously (by rampant raging Wrightians, according to one dominant theory). And so it would not be surprising if he were to deflect their schemes away from the blog that bears his name, or at least maximize his chances of having one of his blogs survive their attacks.

I rest my case (again). Jim West has the means, the motive, and the sarcasm to perpetrate this ingenious bit of pseudonymity. Certainly moreso than Steve Young. Jim also has the musical talent and the political experience.

However…

  • http://goulablogger.wordpress.com/ goulablogger

    Hmm. In Agatha Christie style, we should always look for the least likely suspect. Trouble is that isn’t always easy to decide upon.Of course, if this is one of her most famous stories, EVERYONE is N.T. Wrong.Chuck Grantham

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03089281236217906531 Scott F

    Least likely suspect? You nailed me! I admit, I did it and I’m not sorry!Now, who is this Tom Sleestak guy?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16698562143972216357 Jim

    ive responded herehttp://jwest.wordpress.com/2008/12/03/to-quote-nelly-it-wasnt-me/

  • http://patmccullough.com/ patmccullough.com

    So, why would it be an already known blogger? If it were, it would have to be someone with basically no life, given Wrong’s post frequency. And if you compared that with someone else, presumably similarly as prolific?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10407715419414104172 Patrick George McCullough

    *combined not “compared”

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03153087287030167791 Chris Tilling

    If you can make a convincing case this NT Worng chap is me … I will buy you a drink at the next SBL and eat my hat!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18239379955876245197 Stephen C. Carlson

    I would think that Jim West is utterly incapable of ignoring Zwingli. It’s his “tell.”

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16698562143972216357 Jim

    stephen’s right. i am genetically incapable of ignoring the greatest of all christians.


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