Scholarship must purify itself

George Eldon Ladd, concerning the challenge of arguing against the dispensationalist position:

It is easy to accept an inherited position uncritically and to espouse it dogmatically; but scholarship, even though it may achieve theological positions which are maintained dogmatically, must continually purify itself by the criticisms of others and criticize itself in the light of all the findings of theological studies.
George Eldon Ladd, Crucial Questions about the Kingdom of God, 21-22, quoted in
John A. D’Elia, A Place at the Table: George Eldon Ladd and the Rehabilitation of Evangelical Scholarship in America??(New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2008), 42.

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