Zwinglius Redivivus

Opinions and Viewpoints

Following you’ll find a list of people whose opinions matter to me and whose viewpoints I value (though not in such a way that I’m willing to slavishly follow them).  I offer said listing in response to a question I was sent on Facebook (itself responding to a posting from earlier today) .  To be precise the question was

If you don’t care about McGrath’s opinion, whose do you care about?

An excellent question.  I answer- the opinions of these:

God, my wife and daughter, my father-in-law and mother in-law, Bob Cargill, Chris Tilling, Israel Finkelstein, Antonio Lombatti, Giovanni Garbini, Niels Peter Lemche, Thomas Thompson, James Crossley, Maurice Casey, Steph Fisher, Philip Davies, and Keith Whitelam.  And that’s pretty much it.

The persons whose viewpoints I value (aside from the above who are all alive whilst these are dead) :

Rudolf Bultmann, Gerhard von Rad, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Johannes Oecolampadius, and Huldrych Zwingli.

To be sure, I value the opinions and viewpoints of others, but when it comes right down to it and everything is boiled to the essentials, these are the core group.  If you didn’t make the list don’t feel too bad.  First, you probably don’t care about my opinion anyway (so you can’t really be too hurt).  And second, you’re in the majority if your opinion isn’t all that important to me.  So there’s that.

Opinions and viewpoints.  If we’re all honest (a virtue virtually abandoned these days) we would all admit that some people mean more to us than others.

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  1. Number one: I am calling my therapist right now and asking him to convince me that I am in the “others” category;
    Number two: Thanks for reminding me I am in the “majority”
    Number three: My mother told me there would be days like this…

    Milton Almeida

    August 8, 2012 at 11:38

  2. Rats! I didn’t make the cut! Mind you, I see I’m still in the sidebar :)

    Mark Goodacre (@goodacre)

    August 8, 2012 at 11:38

    • if i had listed just one more… ;-)

      Jim

      August 8, 2012 at 11:58

  3. Maybe also a couple of scholars from the past, aside from Bultmann? People like Spinoza, Bauer (Tübinger-), Strauss (not the composers), Wellhausen, and my personal favorite, de Wette.

    NPLemche

    Niels Peter Lemche

    August 8, 2012 at 16:05

    • Wellhausen and de Wette are noteworthy, along with Rendtorff and Noth.

      Jim

      August 8, 2012 at 16:12

  4. “To be sure, I value the opinions and viewpoints of others, but when it comes right down to it and everything is boiled to the essentials, these are the core group” Core group? CORE GROUP?…. man you have like 17 people in that group… how is that a core group? It’s enough to have 3 teams of basketball (full court) or one team of football (real one) with subs… ; )

    Dan Ortiz

    August 13, 2012 at 16:25

    • sometimes the core has to be pretty big. that is all. ;-)

      Jim

      August 13, 2012 at 16:26


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