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He definitely is not afraid to call a spade a spade and he is merciless at exposing the bias that pervades our culture. Theists will disagree with the pronouncements and conclusions on nearly every page, but if they seek to understand how an atheist scholar approaches the field of religious studies, they could do worse than to read this book. Jul 17, Dave rated it it was amazing Shelves: The author was raised in a Pentecostal family and became a child evangelist in the s. He decided to become a biblical scholar in order to fight for the truth of the Bible and more effectively oppose atheism and 'wrong' religions.

He is now an associate professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University, however the journey from child evangelist to biblical academic persuaded him that biblical scholarship's primary motivation is the perpetuation of biblical scholarship and the only hones The author was raised in a Pentecostal family and became a child evangelist in the s.

He is now an associate professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University, however the journey from child evangelist to biblical academic persuaded him that biblical scholarship's primary motivation is the perpetuation of biblical scholarship and the only honest choice was atheism. As the author concludes, "Why do we need an ancient book that endorses everything from genocide to slavery to be a prime authority of our public or private morality?

The End of Biblical Studies

Aug 21, Jeffrey rated it did not like it Shelves: Avalos's conclusions are bizarre. He thinks the solution is to "Retain biblical studies, but redefine its purpose so that it is tasked with eliminating completely the influence of the Bible in the modern world" Not only is that just a completely unrealistic and impossible goal, but that sounds like the exact opposite of a scholarly discipline.

Who would want to eliminate completely t So. Who would want to eliminate completely the influence of The Iliad in the modern world? Not once does he say he thinks this field of study should be interested in truth if treated historically. And he argues vehemently against aesthetic literary studies because nobody can agree on what it means to be beautiful. He also has a strange view of academia as well, saying it's all top down dissemination of knowledge from a paternalistic professorship.


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But it really isn't. What happened to critical thinking? What happened to independent thought? Mar 07, Lynne Williamson rated it it was amazing. The author exposes the lack of a genuine baseline bible after multiple translations of translations and describes attempts to "protect" the faithful from the worst parts of the bible through judicious changes via translations.

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Feb 21, Dancingfoolvb rated it it was amazing. A very important look at the field of biblical studies. Nov 20, Landon rated it really liked it. Avalos' book seeks to bury biblical studies, not praise it, and he makes a convincing case. Avalos capably argues that, as the discipline is practiced now, biblical studies not only seeks to serve a primarily apologetic function that is at odds with its identity as an academic specialty but also that it has failed utterly in serving this religious purpose.

This, the author concludes only somewhat hyperbolically, is reason enough to shut down the whole enterprise. Avalos is eminently qualif Avalos' book seeks to bury biblical studies, not praise it, and he makes a convincing case. Avalos is eminently qualified and presents his case with a wealth of good argument and expert research. Even where he moves away from his core competence and is on less sure footing, such as in his assays into epistemology and aesthetics in Chapters 3 and 5, respectively areas in which I have more than a little expertise , his efforts are perhaps facile but not inept.


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Overall, an excellent single-volume overview of the state of and problems with contemporary biblical studies. Mar 22, Timothy Nelms rated it it was amazing. The end result of scholarly study Not much to start anew along this path , as without God as author , the book is muddled , violent , archaic Jun 26, Book rated it really liked it Shelves: A solid book but as I recall it was very dry Mike Day rated it really liked it Sep 30, Ralph rated it liked it Apr 12, Martin Rundkvist rated it really liked it Oct 09, Alex Doser rated it it was amazing Jan 04, Trenton rated it liked it May 07, Lenape rated it it was amazing Feb 11, David rated it liked it Oct 10, Stu Brown rated it really liked it Feb 27, David rated it liked it Sep 24, Ryan Moran rated it liked it May 18, Jeremy rated it liked it Oct 07, Bryan rated it it was amazing Dec 05, James rated it it was amazing Oct 16, Matthew rated it liked it Feb 25, Jeff Straka rated it it was amazing Oct 18, Kayemmdee rated it really liked it Nov 27, A younger and fresher endeavor, as well as a very much smaller one, it lacks the baggage of the SBL.

Funk like Avalos himself, a veteran boy evangelist turned unblinking biblical critic sought to bring Biblical Studies out of the ecclesiastical ivory tower where its revelations never trickled down to the Babbitts in the pews. He wanted Biblical Studies to thrive in secular institutions, but, like Avalos says, even in university religion departments the field was isolated, insulated, and semi-covertly confessional. So Funk took it to the streets, founding the Westar Institute as a gadfly think-tank that could feed its results into the popular consciences via cultivating links with mainstream media.

It worked, and the index of that was the hue and cry raised in the media and in churches.

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But that was all right: Funk and the others were not shy about calling the bluff of hermeneutics, repudiating in language reminiscent of Bishop Pike the whole metaphysical worldview of Bible religion. The Seminar Fellows always liked to think they we were pure historians of early Christianity, not defenders of it, despite our own various religious stances.

Jesus was remade yet again into a chic savior for the s.

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And, once the basic work was done it took eleven years , weighing both the sayings and the stories of the gospels, there was an interim period of drift in which the further direction was up for grabs. Or it had become explicit. And this is a perfect example of what Hector Avalos is talking about.

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