I recommend that you get a copy of this book from your library on interlibrary loan, or spring for a copy if you are so inclined, and read it. There is no better explanation of the astonishing phenomenon of theological ignorance and amateurism which go hand in hand with the fundamentalistic anti-intellectualism so rampant in America.
Our dear author explains where biblical studies dilettantism came from and why it has prospered so in these United States. It’s a brilliant historical study. Indeed, it is one of the best historical studies ever yet written.