Over at The Biblical World blog John Byron asks an important question regarding how teachers of the Bible are training their students to think. He details a story in which he looked over a suggested reading list of commentaries and comes across a mark next to the names of some of the scholars. While he thought that the mark denoted that the particular scholar was deceased, it turned out that the list was actually marking these scholars as those with different viewpoints/theologies from those subscribed by the list’s composers. In effect, this mark was attempting to caution the intended readers away from those particular works (“beware of the Boogieman: scholar X”).
I think Byron raises a serious concern about which Christians should consider. What is the balance between sheltering our students/disciples from ideas different from our own and encouraging them to read pretty much everything?
I would be curious to hear the responses from my readers. Where exactly is the intersection between guiding others and allowing them to think critically?
PS: I wonder if Arius would let his disciples read the works of Athanasius, and vice versa.