The Tobacco Industry has paid millions of dollars to create research which appears to contradict the consensus of medical experts and their belief that tobacco smoking causes cancer. Do they do this because the medical research supporting the consensus position is poor? No. They do this because they don’t like the consensus position!
They don’t like the facts!
I suggest that conservative Christians have a similar agenda when it comes to rejecting the expert opinion on the authorship of the Gospels. Conservative Christians should listen to New Testament scholar NT Wright when he says,
“I don’t know who the Gospel authors were, nor does anyone else.”
Conservative Christian blogger: “Unlike others, I do not bow down in worship at, nor even remotely defer to, the “modern consensus of New Testament scholars.” In fact, I think the field of New Testament studies is so badly screwed up that we owe its consensus pretty much zero deference. Even less than zero, if possible.”
Gary: I find this to be the typical conservative Christian response to any consensus of experts on any subject which contradicts one of conservative Christianity’s “sacred cows”, such as the origin of species (evolution), the age of the earth (cosmology), and the non-historicity of the biblical story of the Exodus (archeology). All these fields are filled with biased, God-hating atheists and that is why these fields deny the Christian “truths” of a Six Day Creation, a Ten Thousand Year Old Universe, and a literal exodus of hundred of thousands if not millions of Hebrews from ancient Egypt.
So New Testament scholars: you are not alone. Other experts have been black-listed by conservative Christians. In the world of conservative Christians, cosmologists, biologists, and archeologists too have conspired against the real truth to which only Christians have secret access. You see, Christians believe that an invisible ghost lives inside them who tells them in an inaudible voice…the real truth; science, reason, and archeological evidence be damned!
It is a cult, folks. Conservative/traditional Christianity is a cult. Plain and simple. We owe future generations to expose it.