A recurring theme in his teaching was that sound scholarship and religious faith are not incompatible, and he insisted in his own research and in the work of his students on applying the most rigorous standards of intellectual integrity. He also asserted that theology is not a discipline which can be profitably carried on by itself, in isolation from other disciplines.
Others have noted the passing of this incredible man. What struck me was all of the obituaries commenting on his ability to not only maintain a scholarly critical perspective and his faith, but that others held this in high regard. I have little doubt that one can do both. I wonder, however, if it is really as admirable in today’s academic climate, and I include in “the academy” both secular and religious institutions.