I’m not going to write an essay on this. I trained as a scientist, and so was naturally sceptical that the humanities were doing more than wiggling their prejudices. I came to think differently about patristics after reading T.D.Barnes Tertullian, which convinced me that objective data-driven work was possible.
One factor in my disbelief in the humanities was that I was long ago convinced, by reading books produced by people holding teaching posts in New Testament Studies, that the discipline was pseudo-academic. Objectivity counted for nothing; conformity to a manufactured consensus was everything. Over the years I heard endless anecdotes about victimisation of Christians foolish enough to subject themselves to “study” in this subject, who found prejudice being taught as scholarship.
It seems little has changed, if Dan Wallace is to be believed. And I do believe him. I believe every word of it. After all, what structural mechanism stops such behaviour? But there is no pressing reason why any of us should pay good money to fund such “studies”.