I just came across this quote from a Systematic Theology written by R. D. Culver (who apparently was American Biblical Theologian, Walter Kaiser's doktorvater)..
Notice the sentiment being articulated by Culver in what he here writes:
Thomas Aquinas, The Heir of 'Biblical Theology'A diversion into recent theories of language analysis and of hermeneutics at this point would show how skepticism [sic], denial that anything anyone speaks or writes is true in any important sense, has imported Pilate’s skeptical question wholesale to the academy. Recently these theories have invaded all university departments except the hard sciences. The public has been made aware of this disastrous development as ‘deconstructionism’.Deconstruction uses figures, tropes, neologisms, irony and philosophy to sever any connection between an author’s true self and what he has written. The motives of these literary dogmatists apparently are chiefly to create an elite of critics who have their own club. The strength of this syndrome is an informal connection of ambitious professors and their admirers, supported by tenure rules that deliver the star performers from necessity of constructive labour.[Culver, R. D. (2005). Systematic Theology: Biblical and Historical (100). Ross-shire, UK: Mentor.] (ht)
The irony of this quote is the apparent suspicion attendant to it. Culver is really, as I read this quote without further context, reinforcing an anti-intellectualism by caricaturing anyone who might be theologically oriented in their speech and thought; anyone who might be academic by training; or anyone who thinks that Scripture itself thinks theologically instead of biblically (which of course is itself a false dichotomy, but so goes the thinking---I surmise).
My tentative reading of this quote is only reinforced given the context in which it was originally used; and for the audience for whom it was lifted up with somewhat adulation (see the ht). I don't highlight this particular quote because I want to harp on the place I took this quote from (online); instead, I simply take notice of this because it saddens me (in the theme of my recent post on "I Don't Think,Theologically") . Certainly, if I were an elitist I would simply consider the thinking reflected in this quote as simpleton rubbish; something I could simply relegate to the dust-bin of Fundamentalist naïvete. But I am not an elitist.