Call me slow, naive, conservative, dismissive or even cynical (I don’t really care which); but I’m finally able to articulate a question, the substance of which has been bothering me for quite some time. I’ll let you decide the merits and value of the question. Simply stated (ha-ha):
In the midst of critical studies of the Bible, has the focus of such studies caused us to wrestle with the (assumed) problems about the Bible to the extent that we have lost sight of the (known) problem–and its solution–as described within the Bible? Or to state it differently: have we prioritised the flaws about the biblical text over the greatest flaw about ourselves (i.e. sinfulness), which that text records, and by extension marginalised the greatest solution (i.e. forgiveness and salvation), which that same text proclaims?