“The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obligated to act accordingly. Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life will be ruined. How would I ever get on in this world? Herein lies the real place of Christian scholarship. Christian scholarship is the Church’s prodigious invention to defend itself against the Bible, to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the Bible coming too close.”
This is a quote from Kierkegaard that Heather posted recently. I've been thinking about it since I read it, and I would like to hear the counterargument. Several of you have chosen Christian scholarship as your profession, and I don't mean to insult you or to put you on the defensive. I just want to hear the other side.