Most people act like they know that they aren’t brain surgeons or heart specialists or mathematics professors or organic chemists if they actually aren’t those things. But when it comes to disciplines like biblical studies and theology (which do indeed have their own requirements and associated skills) it seems that every slack jawed mouth breathing product of generations of incestuous inbreeding feels compelled and even justified in thinking that their opinion on matters biblical and theological is worthy of a hearing and being taken as seriously as the actually skilled and equipped expert scholar.
And we let them get away with it instead of calling them on it and describing their amateurism and ignorance for what it really is- insipidity and that of an invincible sort.
Why do we do this? To be polite? No. It’s because too many of us don’t take our discipline as seriously as it deserves to be taken. And that’s our fault. We don’t think accurate theology is as weighty a matter as accurate brain surgery or accurate maths or chemistry. But just as poison and death are the result of poorly done chemistry so too poison and death are the result of poorly constructed and disseminated theology.
Heresy is death. And yet many of us sit by on our hands when heresy is spun, saying nothing. Meanwhile, the heretics are misleading people and doing incredible harm both to the Church and to society.
Theology matters. Exegesis matters. If you don’t think so, you should get out of the field and do something else. You’re doing more harm than good. Get out. Get out and leave the field to skilled and equipped persons who take it seriously.