Jim West publicou recentemente um artigo na revista online The Bible and Interpretation: Blogging the Bible.
No qual ele justifica a afiliação dos biblioblogueiros como grupo à SBL, que criou neste ano a SBL Blogger and Online Publication Section. E onde faz um veemente apelo para que os biblistas criem biblioblogs e bloguem sobre a Bíblia, como uma das formas de enfrentar o forte fundamentalismo presente na Internet, informando corretamente as pessoas que não têm acesso aos estudos acadêmicos mais sofisticados.
Ele constata o avanço do fundamentalismo com as seguintes palavras:
Biblical scholarship is being hijacked by tech savvy fundamentalists who long since have made use of the internet in order to propagate their ideology. Just as archaeology has been taken over (in the public eye) by pseudo-archaeologists such as Jim Barfield and Simcha Jacobovici doing junk archaeology, so too the primary repositories of biblical scholarship are found among fundamentalists (and a simple googling of nearly any biblical book or personality will prove this point– the top hits are not exactly the most reliable). Scholars are once again lagging behind the curve. Ensconced in towers away from the masses of people who are interested in the Bible, scholars publish in journals that only specialists read, while the lay folk are left in the clutches of misinformation. And all the while, good scholarship actually is being disseminated to a wider public in only some far corners of the world. To put it bluntly, for too long scholars have turned their noses up at lay folk, and consequently they have not benefited from scholarly expertise. But now that situation can easily be corrected.
E aponta: Blogging the Bible is the best way for scholars to get scholarship to the mass of consumers.
Para dizer no final:
…The internet isn’t a fad, and constructing an online presence will be, in the not too distant future, a requirement for all those wishing to propagate information. Blogging the Bible is no longer a fringe pastime for a few; it is a means by which scholars of repute and of no repute at all are sharing the field they love with others who also love it. Every biblical scholar ought to blog, because every blogger out there isn’t a biblical scholar.