"One way to characterize the whole historical-critical enterprise as it relates to the Bible in the modern era and continues in our own day is to see it as the embodiment of the motive behind a popular bumper sticker that reads, 'Jesus, save us from your followers.' And who cannot fail to have at least some sympathy with such a hope? Alas, the hope itself is illogical, and its pursuit destructive of its own religious object. For without his followers, it makes no sense to speak of a Jesus who saves. Christ Jesus may remain faithful while we are faithless, as Scripture claims (2 Tim. 2:13); but in that case Christ Jesus also remains unknown. Stripped of a Church whose life in history conforms to the object of its worship, this Jesus becomes wrapped in obscurities and hidden by arbitrary claims of the moment."
~ Ephraim Radner, Hope Among the Fragments: The Broken Church and Its Engagement of Scripture (2004)