The following is an excerpt from the introduction to Can We Still Believe the Bible?: An Evangelical Engagement with Contemporary Questions by Craig L. Blomberg.
I have read and heard numerous accounts of people who are “deconverting” from Christianity, to use the fashionable and euphemistic term for reneging on one’s faith commitments or baptismal pledges. There is almost a deﬁnable literary genre of autobiographical writings explaining why a person who once believed no longer does.
Unfortunately, most people who once believed and still do, or believe even more strongly than in the past, never think to publicize their faith journeys. Perhaps they assume few would be interested. Perhaps they are right; if so, it is a shame. But I suspect that biblical scholars who, like me, have found their faith fortiﬁed by the evidence the longer they have studied it may have an increasing obligation in our pluralistic world to give an account of the hope that is in them (1 Pet. 3:15).
The six areas of scholarship that this book presents explain why I still believe the Bible in the twenty-ﬁrst century, and why I believe that we can still believe the Bible. These topics may not produce the most important reasons for belief. But they do debunk widespread misconceptions about what belief entails, and they present exciting recent developments in scholarly arenas that are not nearly as well known or understood as they should be.