Please Don’t Pretend to Be a Theologian When You Aren’t: A Guest Post by Esteban Vazquez

In response to the HuffPo piece by Avalos et al-

What a curious claim–that the Bible does, or does not, define marriage in one way or another! It is certainly, as you say, a meaningless claim either way, and claimants from either side seem unable to operate outside a rank fundamentalist hermeneutic.

Also, it is a matter of continued interest to me that historians seem to feel themselves qualified to render theological judgments. Perhaps it is time to remind them that their training does not render them competent to do so, just as stridently as some of them tend to tell “theologians” (a term of opprobrium) that they are not competent historians or even biblical scholars.

8 thoughts on “Please Don’t Pretend to Be a Theologian When You Aren’t: A Guest Post by Esteban Vazquez

  1. GeoffSmith 19 Apr 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Avalos still writes stuff? I thought he wanted Biblical studies to end and resultantly chose to bow out and end his career to prove that he really wanted to end it.


    • Jim 19 Apr 2015 at 4:47 pm

      hypocrisy and the pocketbook go hand in hand. he only wants real biblical studies to end so he can foist off rubbish on an unquestioning and unsuspecting ill informed gullible senseless public. i.e., the people who read him.


      • GeoffSmith 19 Apr 2015 at 5:06 pm

        I really appreciated some of his earlier work, like looking at Christian origins through the health-care reform lens.

        I makes sense for me when somebody becomes a Christian/Muslim to start promoting their faith. But with Avalos’ deconversion, what I don’t understand is why he cares about promoting anything (unless I presume self-aggrandizement as his motivation).


        • Jim 19 Apr 2015 at 5:08 pm

          self promotion through demonizing what you hate now that your view of how it’s supposed to work falls apart. faith healer, heal thyself.


  2. Vincent S Artale Jr 19 Apr 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging.


  3. SLIMJIM 21 Apr 2015 at 12:54 am

    Wasn’t Avalos’ credential of knowledge of Christianity was his background as an apostate Pentecostal Preacher? Sigh.


    • Jim 21 Apr 2015 at 6:14 am

      yup. in today’s world, that alone makes him an ‘expert’

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      • SLIMJIM 21 Apr 2015 at 1:26 pm

        Frighteningly irrational


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