Known… For Being Let Go?
Some scholars are known for what they do, what they produce, what they write, how they teach. These are the scholars and academics who make a lasting contribution to the field of biblical and theological studies. And this is how, in the past, scholars have ‘made their mark.’
But something odd has taken place in the last few years- some scholars are now known not for what they do, but for what is done to them. An entire cottage industry seems to have come into its own with scholars becoming, in a ‘Kardashian-esque’ fashion, known only for being known.
Some seem to have achieved fame not because they have done something good, but because something bad has been done to them. It’s very odd. And even odder, they seem to thrive on their infamy, using it both to their advantage and tending it like a garden so that it continues to grow.
I pine for the glorious days when scholars were spoken of with respect and honor- not because they did nothing to deserve it but precisely because they did.