On the End of Biblical Studies, Secularism and Apologetics, and the Future of Biblical Scholarship

Check out this article by Tim Bulkeley on ‘The End of Biblical Studies’ and then come back:

Biblical studies is a discipline divided. This division can be seen (or at least caricatured) in the institutions providing employment. Seminaries are religious organizations teaching the Bible to equip pastors and preachers to work in churches. Biblical studies is also taught in universities, which in many parts of the world are secular (often state-supported) institutions. The two types of institutional involvement suggest two very different approaches to the object of our study.1 After a long period when these differences were largely unacknowledged, or at least were not named as such (though I do remember as a student in the seventies that scholars on the conservative wing were regarded by my teachers as somehow less scholarly), in the last few years the gulf has begun to be acknowledged.

Welcome back.  Now go check out Jim West’s comments on this paper and come back:

However, unlike Tim, I don’t see this ‘war’ as a bad thing. In fact, I see it as a necessity. There are, clearly and obviously, two camps. If Avalos is followed, and if he is allowed to utter his pontifications without opposition, it will simply be another example in a long series of examples of the Church lying down and playing dead. That approach (the approach of quiet acceptance and disengagement) has gone on too long. And it hasn’t worked either!
via Tim Bulkeley: On the ‘End of Biblical Studies’ Debate « Zwinglius Redivivus.

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Thucydides: Pericles’ Remarks on Politics

“Here each individual is interested not only in his own affairs but in the affairs of the state as well: even those who are mostly occupied with their own business are extremely well-informed on general politics–this is a peculiarity of ours: we do not say that a man who takes no interest in politics is a man who minds his own business; we say that he has no business here at all.” (trans. Charles Forster Smith; Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War 2.40.2)

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Have We Learned Nothing from the Roman Games?

Lions kill people–they are called “man eaters” for a reason.  Romans used to feed people to them because this is what lions do…they kill and eat mammals.  Guess what people are?  Yep.  Idiots.

Jonas, who spoke briefly with the traumatised friend, said the two had apparently been taunting the lions, standing a short distance from the high- fenced enclosure, when Bredenhand jumped up onto the gate pole.The Herald found a broken electricity box at the gate adjoining a thick 2m-high pole, making it easy for anyone to either jump over the fence or manoeuvre onto the top of the pole.“That’s when one of the lions apparently got hold of his leg and he fell in,” Jonas said. “When we got to the camp about 500m away, we saw the remains of his body. There were three lions eating him. Most of his stomach was torn out and his leg had been ripped off.”

via The Herald Online.

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