In much everyday speech, "criticise" means pointing out failings and mistakes, but the word can also refer, especially in academic circles, to careful or analytical evaluation. Thus "literary criticism" and "biblical criticism" (the careful or analytical study of the texts) ought not to be seen as pejorative terms. A Christian who studies the Bible carefully and the scholar who analyses the style and words of a biblical passage are both undertaking biblical criticism, although this implies nothing about the soundness or otherwise of their conclusions.
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