Chris Weimer at Thoughts on Antiquity, in a post on Elitism, Dilettantism, and Hypocrisy
, summarizes a recent biblioblogontroversy. Here are the main events:
- James D. Tabor writes a book entitled Jesus Dynasty.
- Michael Turton writes a negative review of Tabor's book.
- Jim West attacks Turton as a dilettante unqualified to review Tabor's work.
- Turton deletes his review, apologizes to Tabor, and shuts down his own blog.
- Various other bloggers weigh in.
I have nothing to add to my earlier remarks on academic credentials
. But I recently read some sensible comments on the subject by Michael Drout, in a post entitled Who is Really a Scholar
, which bear repeating:
And it is important that we in academia continually remind ourselves that it is the work not the credential or the institution that really matters.