In the same vein of Michael Fox (see my previous post), Alan Lenzi , professor in the Humanities at University of the Pacific, argues in his blog that faith-based positions on biblical interpretations have no place in scholarship and in the membership of SBL. Lenzi states, “So when people start saying things based on faith instead of reasons and said assertions are tolerated by the editors, then there is an implicit approval that such constitutes scholarship. Is that what we want in the SBL?” And “I am not saying that people of faith (or Evangelicals) should be excluded from the SBL and its publications. I am not saying that non-faith-based scholarship is objective. I am merely saying that interpretations of the biblical text that are only rooted in assertion, particularly assertions that come from religious dogma, should be excluded from scholarly discourse in the SBL.”
I wonder why a critical study of the Bible cannot lead one to faith and thus still be scholarship? Is not faith a result of study? Granted, faith is a presupposition for some in the study of the Bible but so is a lack of faith for others.
Lenzi is reacting to Bruce Waltke (the offending evangelical) and his book review of Michael Fox’s Proverbs (vol 2).