Thursday, March 08, 2007

Losing Faith: How Scholarship Affects Scholars

Very interesting set of interviews at Biblical Archeological Review (link). Hershel Shanks, the editor, interviewed four scholars about how scholarship impacted their faith: two lost faith and two did not. Among the four is (Orthodox Jew) Prof. Lawrence Schiffman:

[T]he more I’ve done in scholarship, the more it has strengthened my faith, even though it has refined it in certain ways. There’s a non-literalist tradition that I’m coming from. And for this reason a lot of these issues aren’t challenges to my faith.
Sounds like ban-worthy views, if you know what I mean.

(hat tip)

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