With ]]’s essay on John, we have once again returned to a determined foe, our familiar Warren Carter. Granted, ]] and a third scholar, ]], is mentioned as well. But it is Carter who seems to occupy this essay, and it is a good focus.
Thatcher is treated first, with his overemphasis on the prologue as a negative Christology. Carter is second, occupying the most space, with — the most balanced of the three, according to Skinner — coming in last. As this is an evaluation, Skinner has established only specific points to engage his antagonists.
To be honest, I cannot figure out where to disagree, or where to find holes in Skinner’s argument. Simply put, his essay is neat and tidy, with a balanced approached. He allows for Rome to be included in the narrative, but doesn’t see it as the focus. From the outset of this book, I have had trouble seeing John as anti-Empire. Reading Skinner’s evaluation of Carter, I am no longer unsure of my stance here. Frankly, Carter’s theories are based on speculation and an uneasy house of cards. But, Skinner doesn’t do away with Carter altogether.
All in all, this is the best of the essays thus far in this work.
Color me impressed.