Larry Rogier (pastor of Grace Baptist Church; M.Div. and Th.M. from Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary) thoughtfully reflects on “Losing Faith: How Scholarship Affects Scholars” (Biblical Archeology Review [March/April 2007]: 50–57). The BAR article interacts with Bart Erhman, James F. Strange, Lawrence H. Schiffman, and William G. Dever. Larry Rogier concludes with four thoughts:
- “All these men allowed their experience to dictate their approach to God.”
- “These men believe that true scholarship lead them away from the God who is the fountain of knowledge.”
- “These men, perhaps because of their rejection of inerrancy, fail to recognize” that the reason for suffering and evil is the sinfulness of humanity.
- “The hope of these men, as with all men—whether the most educated and studied or the least educated and knowledgeable—is that the hope of life lies with God alone. One reason I am a Calvinist in my soteriology is because of situations like this.”