I am officially a senior. I have one more year as an undergraduate and I will hopefully be on my way to graduate studies. I came into this school 3 years ago pretty uneducated about the Bible (perhaps as much as a typical zealous sunday school attender) . However, something that has really changed is the way I look at things. I've stopped placing theologians and Biblical historians into categories of "good and evil" and "safe to read/keep up the guard". My goal from the get-go has been to teach at a state school in order to help revive Evangelical scholarship in the main square. Now, I'm more about the truth. Not that the two are mutually exclusive (although some might argue that), but my mind's allegiance isn't with Evangelicalism...it's with Truth.
One of my main pet-peeves is when I hear people try to distinguish theologians as either "liberal" or "conservative". For one, those terms are extremely relative. I'm sure to some Bob Jones graduates, I'm the most liberal thing they've ever seen. To some Harvard Div graduates, I may be some crazy fundamentalist Bible thumper. I think ideas need to assessed without placing neat labels on them from the get-go. Read Bultmann without thinking, "Uh oh, this guy's a dirty liberal." Read Maurice Robinson's case for Byzantine priority without thinking, "Geez, crazy conservative." I'm not against all labels (that would be ridiculous). But labels such as "conservative" and "liberal" are too broad and too relative to do any kind of good.