Luke Timothy Johnson  argued that while some members of the seminar are reputable scholars (Borg, Crossan, Funk, others), others are relatively unknown or undistinguished in the field of biblical studies.  One member, Paul Verhoeven , holds no . but a . in mathematics and physics,  not biblical studies, and is best known as a film director . Johnson also critiqued the seminar for its attempts to gain the attention of the media for the 2000 ABC News program "The Search for Jesus" hosted by news anchor Peter Jennings .