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Biblical Scholarship

When theists talk about Biblical scholarship, I can’t help but laugh. I can study the books of the Harry Potter series for years and years, but that doesn’t make the belief that Hogwarts is a real place filled with magic any less fictional.

It seems to me that the entire basis for the field (if you can call it that) of Biblical scholarship is to make the insane ideas of a series of bronze-aged mythology more compatible with itself as well as with 21st century understanding.

Many Americans were appalled last week when Religious Right website conservapedia.com wanted to edit out liberal ideas and words from the Bible. But the fact of the matter is that Biblical scholars edit out many of the really horrible ideas in the Bible all the time just by making new translations, re-defining words, claiming passages are metaphorical, and just reshaping the ideas presented.

Now I don’t want to dogmatically claim that all Biblical scholarship is this way, but I am certainly left with that impression about Biblical scholarship in general. There was a time when only the elite were allowed to read and interpret the Bible. It wasn’t that those people had some secret knowledge, but rather because they knew that people would be appalled at what the Bible actually said. Now everyone can read the Bible for themselves, so what is the point of Biblical scholarship? I think the answer is to make the Bible less appalling to the average reader.

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  • 1225truth

    I do not know if anyone had a chance to watch the PBS NOVA / Nat. Geographic production of “Darwin’s Darkest Hour”. At one point, his wife opines how disturbed she is by the “German scholars.” By that time, enlightenment era and Romanticized rationalism had caught up with Christian intellectuals.

    The challenge was to uphold sanctified Biblical scripture and the Christian paradigm as somehow applicable after dispassionate rational scrutiny. After a ridiculous assortment of interpretations and theological definition, that in essence remains the pursuit, even if a little “cherry-picking” seems to be in order.

  • A-Dizzle

    I once heard a great quote, can’t remember who said it, but here’s a paraphrase:

    “The Bible is like a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, if you torture it enough you can get it to say whatever you want to say.”

    • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

      That’s a good quote. I might have to use that one down the road.

  • njhumanist

    I have to laugh at your comparison to Harry Potter, only because I have made the same comparison and have told people that within 2000 years, Potterism may replace Christianity. Hilarious but not all that far-fetched that one day there could be the 7 Gospels, according to JK Rowling…

    • existential blues

      If L. Ron Hubbard’s science fiction books could be turned into a religion followed by millions, then Potterism is not so far-fetched.

  • Josh

    Biblical scholarship is still required mostly because it is a historical work of importance. While several of these scholarships are bs, sure, this doesn’t mean that all biblical scholars are full of it. There are several scholarly circles that follow where these ideas developed, how they came about, who wrote what, what is original, and so on and so forth. Apologists are not scholars. And a biblical scholar doesn’t even have to be Christian. Sounds like you are targeting apologists more than anything else to me. Am I wrong?

    • existential blues

      > Apologists are not scholars

      True. On the other hand, folks like Bart Ehrman _are_ scholars.

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