The Bible doesn’t affirm the right to life or prohibit abortion, says a Yale Divinity School professor in disputing that the Bible contains the “major theses of religious conservatives.”
These are not provocative statements by an obscure grad student desperate to get tenure as a professor. These are the claims of a Yale Divinity School professor, made in a recent podcast that Yale University sent out to its alums under the teaser, “Is The Bible Relevant For Today?”
John Collins, Professor of Old Testament Criticism at the Yale Divinity School, declares he does “remedial education” for the religious, rushing to attack religious conservatives and specifically Christians:
“Biblical values are not what most people think they are…most people think that the Bible is very rigid and that it propounds the favorite theses of religious conservatives both Catholic and Protestant…”
Collins, a former Roman Catholic priest from the Order of the Holy Ghost Fathers, then declared war on the unborn.
“Does the Bible affirm a right to life,” the Yale professor asked, rhetorically, then answering: “[A]nd, of course, it doesn’t.”
Collins went further, claiming the Bible does not prohibit abortion because it “doesn’t actually address the question,” nor does it prohibit homosexuality because “it says very little about” it.
The Yale professor, who claims to have rejected the chance to work on Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ” after reading just a few pages of the script, described his academic work as studying the Bible “historically” by “try[ing] to imagine a real life situation in which this might have happened.”
“People think they know what’s in the Bible and so they project onto it what they would like it to say” so Collins likes to “scrape off some of the varnish and get back to the real thing.” This is a constant theme from Collins, distinguishing between the Bible is silent on bedrock tenets of Christian faith but, not surprisingly, on current targets of the Campus Far Left. “[G]reed and abuse of power” are the major problems in the Old Testament, which, he said, “you could take it down to Wall Street.”
Yet the historical context Collins relies upon seems quite selective. Most (if not all) of human civilization in the time of Christ was rudimentary and barely above barbaric level, hardly resembling anything like the orderly civil societies of today. Collins attacks “faith” while exalting “evidence,” yet he appears to suggest an anthropological approach to the Bible. Combined with an approach which requires “evidence” to support any tenet of Christian doctrine, Collins implies that “Biblical values” don’t include Christ, but cover everything else within the wide range of then-contemporary “human nature.”
That would include, of course, Sodom and Gomorrah.
In short, at Yale, it’s “anything goes.” As long as the Campus Pharisees approve.