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This is a response by Paul Holloway to the post, “Paul Holloway’s Rant Against N. T. Wright’s Honorary Doctorate” at the Euangelion blog at Patheos.
Here’s the best part-
My initial concern was with the academic standards of my university. This is part of my job. But the last few weeks have brought to light a much more interesting phenomenon: a kind of “hero cult” that has grown up around Wright. It is well known that marginalized and other socially anxious groups construct and rally behind cult figures of their own construction. These figures offer the social and cultural capital these groups feel they need. When the legitimacy of these figures is questioned, the legitimacy of the groups itself is undermined. The result is that these groups defend their tottering “heroes” tooth and nail.
Indeed. Just say something about the inaccurate theology of Warren or Jakes or Osteen or Moore or RHE and watch the response of their supporters.
No one is above critique. No one. Not even Zwingli (who was wrong about Mary, Infant Baptism, and …. well no, that’s pretty much it.)
Hero worship is inappropriate. Where idols are formed, iconoclasts are summoned to duty to destroy them. Gideon destroyed his father’s altar to Baal. Everyone has to be Gideon now and then.
If a hardened heart be to be broken, it is not stroking, but striking that must do it.… The heart is not melted into godly sorrow, nor raised to the life of faith and love, by the bubbles of a frothy wit, or by a game at words, or useless notions, but by the illuminating beams of sacred truth, and the attraction of divine displayed goodness, communicated from a mind that by faith has seen the glory of God, and by experience found that he is good, and that lives in the love of God: such a one is fitted to assist you first in the knowledge of yourselves, and then in the knowledge of God in Christ.
William Barclay Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Biblical Studies Trinity College – University of Glasgow
Applications are invited from established scholars working in biblical studies who are sympathetic to the aims of the Church of Scotland, to take up this fellowship between January and March 2016, 2017 or 2018. The fellow is required to be in residence at Glasgow for 6-8 weeks, to deliver at least one public lecture, to participate in the teaching of an honours course in biblical studies linked to their own research specialism (2 hours per week; no marking responsibilities) and to share in the life of the College. The fellowship will cover return flights to Glasgow, accommodation + living allowance for 6-8 weeks, alongwith an agreed honorarium.
Initial enquiries should be made to Dr Sean Adams, Lecturer in New Testament . sean….@glasgow.ac.uk
Applications should be made by email to the Principal of Trinity College, Rev Dr Doug Gay, in the form of a CV with covering letter. doug…@glasgow.ac.uk
Via Paul Middleton of the BNTS.
[NB- Regarding Barclay- I’ve never been a fan. He just seemed too pasty for me]. [I don’t like paste. Plus he was kind of wishy washy. On the one hand he didn’t think Jesus was divine but on the other he thought that Matthew wrote Matthew and Mark wrote Mark, etc. And finally, he was too willing to adopt views merely out of personal caprice. For instance, before the tragic and horrifying death of his child in a sailing accident he opposed universalism but after that tragedy he decided universalism was true. It’s easy to understand why he changed his mind. That he changed his mind simply due to an event in his own life is unfortunate (because truth isn’t determined by personal expereince)].