“Shakespeare's works,” he says, “have no intrinsic value.”
“[T]he Bible has no intrinsic value or merit.”
“I get paid to do what I love, though my conscience is increasingly telling me to do something more beneficial for humanity.”
What Hector Avalos is paid to do is be a biblical scholar. He is a professor of religious studies at Iowa State University.
The full context of his remarks is available here.
I wish him well. I believe his scholarship performs a service to "religionists" like me, whom he is not afraid to challenge.
But I don’t agree with his opinions on Shakespeare and the Bible. Not by a long shot.