I was saying in class today that if you wanted to insult a biblical scholar a century ago, you would tell them that they were being ‘subjective,’ and that if you want to insult a biblical scholar today, you tell them that they are operating with ‘enlightenment assumptions.’ Ouch!
It reminded me of the best theological-insults-interchange I’ve seen so far, when David Ford and John Milbank were engaged in a discussion of the role of the humanities. Here’s an abridged version:
Ford: You’ve got an over-realised eschatology!
Milbank: No, you’ve got an over-realised eschatology!!
Nice! As I said to someone the other day in conversation about this, I don’t understand why Ford didn’t return with the obvious rejoinder: ‘Your MUM’s got an over-realised eschatology!!!’