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.