The HP has announced that it is commencing something it calls the ‘Scripture Commentary Series’. Ugh. Will any of the ‘commentators’ actually be Scripture scholars or will it be an assemblage of ruminations by unlearned dilettantes?
Huffington Post Religion is starting a scripture commentary series that will bring together leading voices from different religious traditions to offer their wisdom on selected religious passages. Next month we will have Muslim commentaries for Ramadan, and in September Jewish commentaries for the High Holidays. This week we are starting with commentaries on the Gospel by Rev. Jim Wallis, Dr. Serene Jones, Dr. Emilie Townes, Sister Joan Chittister, and Rev. James Martin, S.J. They will all be offering their meditations on the same passage from Matthew 7: 24-27.
At least they have one actual biblical scholar- James Martin (those Jesuits are awesomely learned). Call me cynical, but my suspicion is that the bulk of commentators will be the warm and fuzzy feel good scripture emptying of its real significance sort. Maybe the series’ writers will prove me wrong. I suppose we shall see. But given the HP’s willingness to embrace all manner of far left leaning ideologies, it’s extremely doubtful this series will be different.