Lunch with Gordon Fee, I received an email from one of Fee's fellow New Testament scholars - also a Pentecostal - who wrote emphatically, "Someone needs to write Gordon's biography!"
I agreed wholeheartedly. But, until someone takes up that project we do have 13 pages of the story from Gordon himself which comprise a chapter in the brand new book, I (Still) Believe: Leading Bible Scholars Share Their Stories of Faith and Scholarship (Zondervan).
Editors John Byron and Joel Lohr have done us a great favor by getting 18 outstanding scholars to tell how they lived out their Biblical faith while being engaged in critical examination of the Bible (of course, "critical" does not in this case suggest a negative or disbelieving approach to the Scriptures).
Besides Fee, the other scholars participating in the project were: Richard Bauckham, Walter Brueggemann, Ellen Davis, James Dunn, Beverly Roberts Gaventa, John Goldingay, Donald Hagner, Morna Hooker, Edith Humphrey, Andrew Lincoln, Scot McKnight, J. Ramsey Michaels, Patrick Miller, Walter Moberly, Katherine Doob Sakenfeld, Phyllis Trible, and Bruce Waltke.
So eager was I to take in Fee's story (entitled, "Scholar on Fire") that finishing the 13 pages took just a little bit longer than it did to consume my accompanying foot-long sub. If you have appreciation for the work of biblical scholars and have curiosity about their lives this book does not disappoint. Even for a veteran Fee-watcher like myself, there was information in the chapter that I did not know previously.
As the parenthetical Still in the title suggests, working in the academy presents challenges and Fee's story reveals some of those encountered by him and his wife, Maudine. While I am choosing to not summarize those challenges here so as to not take them out of any necessary context or to create a spoiler, I happily report Gordon's assessment, "So for me it has been a great run, with infinitely far more 'ups' than 'downs.'"
Following are two videos promoting the book, one each by the co-editors:
a feature article in the September 2010 issue of Charisma magazine, "A Professor with Spirit."
[UPDATE SEPTEMBER 3 - Ben Witherington III wrote about I (Still) Believe on his blog today, "One of the great virtues of a book like this is it makes quite clear that careful Biblical scholarship need not be at odds with piety, even of a very conservative sort. Indeed, as a another Durhamite J. B. Lightfoot once put it, 'We are called to the highest reason and the fullest faith at the same time.'"]
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