Eminent sociologist of religion Peter Berger has penned a very interesting post at The American Interest asking, parabolically, how gynecologists can enjoy intercourse. More to his point: how can a biblical scholar who examines the Bible according to historical-critical method also be a person of faith. Bart Ehrman has failed at holding these tensions together, as have several of my closest friends.
I have not. In fact, I would find it disconcerting if the Bible were less parabolic, obtuse, and paradoxical than real life is. And life is, if nothing else, parabolic, obtuse, and paradoxical (at least in my experience).
Berger goes on to muse about the Society for Biblical Literature, now under the leadership of my friend, John Kutsko. John is sailing the SBL through some choppy waters these days. There was the divorce and then impending remarriage with the American Academy of Religion. And now a high profile Jewish scholar has publicly resigned because he feels that the encroachment of evangelicals threatens the “critical” nature of the SBL’s scholarship.