Carl Trueman has written an article for 9 Marks which should be compulsory reading for any aspiring Christian academics. Pointing out the dangers of craving academic respectability, Trueman reminds us that such should not be the true goal of evangelical academics:
The highest achievement any evangelical theological scholar can attain is not membership of some elite guild but the knowledge that he or she has done work that strengthened the church and extended the kingdom of God through the local church.
Academic rigour is a good thing, but academic responsibility can become a poisoned chalice. After all, our chief end is to glorify God, not please our peers.