If one presents a text to the theologians for examination, then they do not ask whether the text is conclusive in itself, perhaps contains new ideas that could advance science.
No, they only ask how the new text relates to the school opinion of the theological direction to which they belong. Conformity is required, dissenters are punished with the end of their career. My theses have already failed once.
Now it starts: The deviator and everything foreign that contradicts the Christian truth to be preserved are mercilessly beaten up. Of course, while maintaining good manners! A holy wrath seizes the letter writer, one literally sees the devil personally, who hides under the cloak of scientific arguments and who has to be fled with the inkwell.
The replies of the theologians show a uniform scheme:
Since theology sees itself as the keeper and defender of eternal truths, anything new can only be an attack on these eternal truths and therefore only wrong. To see a new view on old problems as enrichment does not belong to the categories in which theologians think. Curiosity for the new, for the unknown, which distinguishes the scientist, is completely frowned upon in theology.
It is always only a question of not letting the old truths appear as shopkeepers. The old truths should rather be presented in a saleable packaging, which can then be entirely new. That is the business of theology.
When I questioned a Jewish empire in the 10th century B.C. with many good arguments in 1997 with the study “The Historical David”, hardly anyone was interested. When Finkelstein and Silbermann did the same four years later (“The Bible Unearthed”, 2001), the idea met with much approval.
Even though my study was not a success at that time, my concept later proved to be correct.
Of the many professors I wrote to, only a few had the courage and took the trouble to answer at all. I was very happy about the letters, I would like to express my gratitude for them.
But, my professors: I was very surprised and annoyed by the arrogance with which most of you treated me. Am I then a student in the 1st semester? My year of birth was on the back of my study!
I started my theology studies in 1968 and since then I have not stopped thinking through the problems of Jesus and Bible research. Many of you were not even born then! In my Bible there is also something about respect for old age, not in yours?
… Nun habe ich endlich Ihr Jesusbuch zur Hand genommen. Ich gestehe ohne Umschweife, dass mir Ihr Anschreiben und Ihr Vorwort, die mich beide Respekt vor Ihrem eigenständigen Weg haben lassen, bei Weitem besser gefallen als Ihre Thesen.