Collection of "Critical and Liberal Scholars"?

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Baruch Oltman | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Aug 30 2015 5:49 AM

Could someone point me to, or even make a rule for a collection of critical and/or liberal scholars. They are starting to be prominent in the theology world these days, an example is Michael Bird. I would like to be able to mark my resources that are written by one of these authors. Thanks!

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 30 2015 10:23 AM

Deciding whether a scholar is liberal or not is somewhat subjective. I would suggest you join the Faithlife Group called Collections - Commentaries and Theologies as there are lots of collections that you can use from different theological traditions.

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Joseph Turner | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 30 2015 1:52 PM

I am thinking that Michael Bird would be surprised to find out that he is a "liberal" scholar!  I get to see him for the second time in February at New Orleans Baptist seminary as he debates Bart Ehrman on Ehrman's How Jesus Became God.  New Orleans Baptist certainly doesn't seem to consider him "liberal."

As Bruce stated, these labels are highly subjective, therefore making them suspect.

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Baruch Oltman | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 30 2015 2:43 PM

He would come under the critical scholarship category, not liberal :) such a collection would come down to a list of authors, most are obvious, though as you have both said, there is some room for subjectivism, but I think it is only slight. It simply comes down to the way they view and handle the word of God. It seems to be a collection I will have to build up over the course of my studies. Thanks!

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Baruch Oltman | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 1 2015 5:01 AM

Possible Critical Scholars (From Wiki) -

author:"Michael Bird" OR author:"William Albright" OR author:"Albrecht Alt" OR author:"Jean Astruc" OR author:"Margaret Barker" OR author:"Walter Bauer" OR author:"F.C. Bauer" OR author:"Rudolf Karl Bultmann" OR author:"D.A. Carson" OR author:"John J. Collins" OR author:"Frank Moore Cross" OR author:"William G. Dever" OR author:"Johann Gottfried Eichhorn" OR author:"Alvar Ellegård" OR author:"Bart D. Ehrman" OR author:"Israel Frinkelstein" OR author:"Johann Jakob Griesbach" OR author:"Hermann Gunkel" OR author:"Niels Peter Lemche" OR author:"Bruce Metzger" OR author:"Martin Noth" OR author:"Robert M. Price" OR author:"Rolf Rendtorff" OR author:"Friedrich Schleiermacher" OR author:"Albert Schweitzer" OR author:"John Van Seters" OR author:"Thomas Paine" OR author:"Thomas Jefferson" OR author:"Julius Wellhausen" OR author:"Wilhelm Martin Leberecht de Wette" OR author:"Joseph Wheless" OR author:"R.N. Whybray" OR author:"N.T. Wright" OR author:"Michael R. Licona"

Possible Liberal Scholars (From Wiki) -

author:"Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher" OR author:"Charles Augustus Briggs" OR author:"Henry Ward Beecher" OR author:"Adolf von Harnack" OR author:"Charles Fillmore" OR author:"Walter Rauschenbusch" OR author:"Harry Emerson Fosdick" OR author:"Rudolf Bultmann" OR author:"Paul Tillich" OR author:"Leslie Weatherhead" OR author:"James Pike" OR author:"Lloyd Geering" OR author:"Paul Moore, Jr." OR author:"John A.T. Robinson" OR author:"John Hick" OR author:"William Sloane Coffin" OR author:"Christopher Morse" OR author:"John Shelby Spong" OR author:"Richard Holloway" OR author:"Rubem Alves" OR author:"Matthew Fox" OR author:"Marcus Borg" OR author:"Michael Dowd" OR author:"Douglas Ottati" OR author:"Robert Funk"

Now, this is just a working list and I'm sure that as I spend more time with these authors' resources I will edit the collections. But if anyone is interested, these lists come from Wikipedia. Please feel free to make any suggestions! Thanks!

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