Accreditation Is Important
Several weeks back Avalos and West argued as to whether biblical studies was overly theistic or a-theistic. My thoughts on that ‘friendly’ conversation are here.
They went back at it again.
Their last dispute involved accreditation.
First Jim asserted that the institution of accreditation was nothing more than a scam declaring, ““accreditation” has become a huge industry and a huge instrument of control, dictation, and manipulation.” Avalos responded here, “A “doctoral” degree in biblical/religious studies is meant to represent a level of competence that should be valued and cannot be simply self-proclaimed. We owe this not only to students who pay their tuition dollars but to employers who don’t want to waste time with unqualified candidates.”
Any system can be abused. In fact with human beings involved every system will be abused! Do we throw the baby out with the bathwater? I would suggest not. Of course, there are fake institutions and bad teachers and students; do we then stop trying any measures to ensure that the majority are ‘good’. I suppose my real question is: there will be a system of some sort, so what is really a viable alternative to try and keep measures, checks, and balances on the academic machine?
Ultimately, though me and Jim are friends, I find myself in agreement with Avalos more than West concerning this issue. I could write lots of reasons why, I mean, would you rather learn from Dr. VanderKam, Dr. Flint, or Dr. Nickelsburg; or from “Dr.” Creflo Dollar?
Instead here is video proof that accreditation is important. Very important. The institution may need some rehabilitation, but I’m not sure blowing it up is called for.