Matthew J. Franck
Robert P. George
William J. Haun
David T. Koyzis
Robert T. Miller
James R. Rogers
Russell E. Saltzman
That’s cute, but there’s a ready-made answer for the question intended to stupify a theologian: Matthew 22:29ff.
The question that’s supposed to stupefy the theologian… didn’t Jesus already deal with that one 2,000 years ago (see Luke 20:27)? The Sadducees thought it was a stumper, too.
Of course, it might STILL be a stumper, seeing how little attenetion many modern theologians pay to anytign Jesus said.
That assumes that the academic theologian believes that looking something up in the Bible is a useful way to answer a theological question. Unfortunately, ‘taint necessarily so.
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SMBC is like so many webcomics. Very worth reading through some a lot of the cruft to find insightful pearls like these.
Another “First Thoughts” effort at bashing academics. Why the inferiority complex?
publius Another “First Thoughts” effort at bashing academics. Why the inferiority complex?
Huh? What does that even mean? At least 10 of the bloggers on this blog’s masthead are academics. (Even I’m a lowly adjunct professor.)
Publius, relax. Or, as it was said better in the film “Stripes”: “Lighten up, Francis.”
Glad to hear you’re a lowly adjunct. There have been a few posts over the past few months that seemed to suggest that higher education is a waste of time (which unfortunately it can be in certain institutions). But perhaps its been the end of a long day and I need to lighten up.
“Another “First Thoughts” effort at bashing academics. Why the inferiority complex?”
Because academics are there
Re Jason’s comments:
My favorite philosopher joke:
What’s the difference between a philosopher and a large pepperoni pizza?
The pizza can feed a family of four.
This reminds me of the amusing observation made by Phillip Daileader, in his excellent Teaching Company tapes, on THE HIGH MIDDLE AGES, that, during the middle ages, being a theologian, was the best, and highest of endeavors, and being a doctor, was lower. But, now, if a parent dicovered that his child was going to be a doctor, she would be proud, but, if the son wanted to be a theologian, she would be woried about him.
Some could argue that this is a result of the lack of credibility that religion has in our culture, but one might arguably conclude that this is a result of theologians :)
Hilarious. Of course if the academic is noted for his wit he might have a comeback for any of them. I remember one time hearing a colleague respond, when asked what he did, “I give people reasons to commit suicide.”