Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Bible and Its Influence.

Finally, a textbook on the Bible is available that is acceptable to the lawyers and secularists who want to make sure that children's exposure to Christianity is minimized. The textbook is faulted by Biblical Studies folk for the reason that it doesn't give much credence to the prevailing opinions of Biblical Studies scholars.

My response to this is pretty much standard: From around 1800 to the mid-20th century, Biblical studies was characterized by gross, willful, systematic malpractice. On the theology side, even many semi-modernist theologians acknowledge that it took Barth to bring them back from the twilight zone to something that might pass as sanity, but was still far from orthodoxy. Biblical studies has not been nearly as honest.

So how much credence should be given to Biblical studies people now? Certainly it is much better than a half century ago, but they still have a lot of baggage and they are not yet prepared to address the abuses of the past. Admittedly, I like to read what these researchers are writing, however, everything must be taken with a large grain of salt.

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