In Lost Christianities, Bart D. Ehrman offers a fascinating look at these early forms of Christianity and shows how they came to be suppressed, reformed, or forgotten. He gives us opportunity to enjoy food and work (2:24; 3:13; 5:18–20; 9:7). [13] Viktor E. Frankl, The Unconscious God (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1975), 16. If we follow Ehrman’s advice to “drive nice cars and have nice homes” and consume expensive meals and drinks and spend as much as we can—in fact, “the more the better”—then we will not be working to alleviate suffering wherever possible. I think we can be amazingly successful at this — especially in a world of peer review where ideas must be vetted under the most critical eyes possible. In doing so, Ehrman makes the important point that it is difficult for historians to say what Constantine converted from. [1] Bart D. Ehrman, God’s Problem (New York: HarperCollins, 2008), 1–3. Answer: Greetings friend. It is unfortunate that when Christians so focus on things like the rapture and tribulation that that becomes almost central to their web of beliefs. Among other things, one reads Craig Blomberg's response to Ehrman in his book: Can We Still Believe the Bible? It was what made me begin to think about religion when I was young, and it was what led me to question my faith when I was older. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see.” These apparently hedonistic words continue immediately with more sobering ones: “But know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment” (11:9). It wouldn’t show that Jesus Christ didn’t rise from the dead or that he didn’t die for your sins. Churches and small groups can study and discuss a book such as If God Is Good (I recommend others as well). He seems to assume that any rational person would join him in rejecting Scripture’s claims. I think that the doctrine of inspiration lies somewhere out a ways from the center. But can Ehrman (or indeed, can anyone) separate the self from the activities of the self? (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1993) and Timothy Paul Jones, Misquoting Truth (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2007). When persons like Ehrman, Richard Dawkins or Stephen Hawking, who are credentialed, accomplished and respected in their specialties, write popular-level books which have more to do with philosophy than with their expertise, they are implying that anything that a first-rate scholar or scientist says is the result of first-rate scholarship. Bart D. Ehrman is a leading authority on the New Testament and the history of early Christianity, and the author or editor of more than thirty books, including the New York Times bestsellers Misquoting Jesus, How Jesus Became God, and The Triumph of Christianity. That would be hard to give up. In his latest book Ehrman tackles the question of how an obscure Jewish sect came to conquer the Roman Empire and dominate the western world. Where does it speak of him doing such things “just to see how they will react”? But that is not how Ecclesiastes ends. My question is, people like Bart Ehrman who claim to have been Christians and "strong believers in the Bible" and later eventually became agnostic or atheist or another religion, do these type of people commit "bibliolatry" in the sense of viewing the Bible's perfection based on human fallible reasoning rather than based on the belief of God's di-vine preservation of Scripture? Yet, when I interviewed this couple fourteen years after the tragic event, Janet said, “Today I have a far greater understanding of the goodness of God than I did before the accident.” This might have taken my breath away, had I not already heard it from others who’ve also endured unspeakable suffering. I became very serious about my faith and. He is currently the James A. Does Ehrman place himself under the same condemnation he places God? chose to go off to a fundamentalist Bible college—Moody Bible Institute in Chicago—where I began training for ministry. It had to do with when Abiathar was the high priest. It is not true that biblical inerrancy is a doctrine that lies at the core of your beliefs so that if you gave it up it doesn’t mean that you would give up belief in God, in the deity of Christ, in his death on the cross for your sins, even in the inspiration of Scripture. (Psalm 137:4). “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come.... Then man goes to his eternal home... and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it” (12:1, 5, 7). So, if we plot Ehrman’s stands on certain of the data, we will find him in and among the consensus in several important areas — and perhaps as an outlier in some others. Dr Bart Ehrman - Great Controversies in Christianity from The Not Old - Better Show on Podchaser, aired Wednesday, 4th September 2019. These strands of the web represent different doctrines or affirmations that we as Christians believe. So they turn to a personal God who loves them and understands suffering. But what if they knew something he doesn’t? If he has spoken with people like the Willises, he never mentions it. You won’t find the strongest Christian churches in the world in affluent America or Europe, where the problem of evil has the most traction. I just now – fifteen minutes ago – came to realize with the most crystal clarity I have ever had why I cannot call myself a Christian. The author Bart D. Ehrman, professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, argues and, in my opinion, demonstrates that early Christianity was anything but a monolithic religion and that the beliefs that eventually came to be called orthodox Or does it make clear that Ehrman has taken passages out of context to support his unbelief? Christianity doesn’t depend on the inspiration of the Bible. Because the caste system and fatalism of Hinduism give them no answers. Beliefs about the tribulation and the rapture, contrary to what some of our Bible teachers might think, is very peripheral to your web of belief. No single reason gives a sufficient explanation, but different threads of biblical insight, woven together, form a durable fabric. “I turned to God for strength,” Janet said, “because I had no strength.” She went to the Bible with a hunger for God’s presence, and he met her. This is a sensible and robust stand on inerrancy. Survivor Stories is a powerful hour of interviews with Jews who survived the concentration camps and came to faith in Christ. That Ehrman would make this stunning omission reveals a gaping hole in his understanding of the biblical doctrine of eternal life with God in a resurrected universe, reflected in the ancient books of Job and the prophets as well as the teachings of Jesus and the apostles. He has also authored six New York Times bestsellers. Apparently for Ehrman this was just like the light dawning. The title of your question asks about thoughts on and refutations of the arguments of Bart D Ehrman,but the question in total seems to be broader than this. We have well over five-thousand of these, as your question noted… but you noted this as a problem. I now have lost it altogether. Then he disagrees with it, usually citing no authority beyond his personal opinion. Even Christians who do not outright reject their faith may quietly lose confidence and commitment because of their struggle with this issue. He knows what will be worth it in the end. The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher From Galilee – Bart D. Ehrman Posted on 15/11/2020 15/11/2020 by Speesh in Biblical History , Christianity , History , Jesus , … If Ehrman’s fellow scholars — even those who were in sympathy with his worldview — detected any bias one way or the other in his works, they would be obliged to give him the scholars’ version of a beat-down for sullying their aggregate reputation. 589 (January–March 1991): 50–5 1. Who has a claim against me that I must pay?” (Job 40:2; 41:11). ©1991 - 2021 Eternal Perspective MinistriesAll Rights Reserved. What C. S. Lewis called “mere Christianity” doesn’t hinge upon belief in the inspiration of Scripture. The subject of this book is the reason why. [6]. $28. For more perspectives, see Randy's book If God Is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil. Where does the Bible speak of God torturing people or killing people without justification? Bart Ehrman lost what faith he had because of the sort of unspeakable tragedies that have happened not to him, but to people like Scott and Janet Willis. Ehrman lost faith in Scripture before losing faith in God. We all trust something. The Willis family’s story is exactly the kind that Bart Ehrman features as overwhelming evidence for God’s nonexistence. He pushes the problem of evil and so forth. “I used to believe … If one of these doctrines were plucked out, the reverberations would be felt throughout the entire web and the web might even collapse. He then went off to Moody Bible Institute and then he went to Wheaton College – the same school I went to – and studied under Gerald Hawthorne. But how could it do otherwise? If a person indeed “has” Jesus Christ in any real sense of the term — in, http://www.reasonablefaith.org/defenders-3-podcast/transcript/t02-07#ixzz4G6hJ9Toq4, Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy (1978). God has not asked us to give him a performance review so that he may do a better job the next time he creates a universe or devises a redemptive plan. Once we call some parts of the Bible false, on what basis do we judge other parts true? Books and Resources: Reviews and Recommended, Christians, Past and Present (By and About), If God Is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil. While reading Ehrman’s book, I interviewed Scott and Janet Willis. He was then on this slide that eventually led him into agnosticism. God plans the timing of all things, appointing the times for birth, planting, healing, building, joy, searching, keeping, mending, speaking, loving, and enjoying peace (3:1–8). (Mainsail Ministries articles often have a preamble where I discuss the thinking that went into them. Why? That being said, only the Holy Spirit knows who is saved… certainly not I. In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England. It is quite telling of Ehrman’s slide. What percentage of the royalties from Ehrman’s best-selling book has he earmarked for easing world suffering? https://www.mainsailministries.org/index.php/q-a-a-god-bible-theology-culture/241-is-the-bible-more-reliable-than-the-quran-considering-the-new-testament-s-textual-variants.html. Many Christians who have faced evil and suffering embrace their faith with greater conviction. On the contrary, I left kicking and screaming, wanting desperately to hold on to the faith I had known since childhood.” [8] He borrows from Lewis, who said, “I came into Christianity kicking and screaming.” Lewis wrote, You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. THE TRIUMPH OF CHRISTIANITY How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World By Bart D. Ehrman 335 pp. If it seems unfair to ask, remember that I am merely applying the standard he expects God to live up to: using all of one’s resources to relieve suffering. It is a subject which can stir up both triumphant apologism and vehement condemnation. This is why I will not consider the weight of a Ph.D. on any subject outside of its specialty — nor should you. Bart D. Ehrman demonstrates that this is not so with great precision and style. At mass, we prayed for everyone who was suffering. Unfortunately, readers who lack familiarity with the Scriptures will have no way of knowing when his premises are false. I find the book’s subtitle ironic: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question—Why We Suffer. The question is: where does the doctrine of inspiration lie? The Gospels don’t need to be chronologically accurate in order to be inerrant.” Or “Paul didn’t teach that Christ is coming again in his own lifetime even if he be-lieved it. I think that the doctrine of inspiration lies somewhere out a ways from the center. A student asked about Bart Ehrman and inerrancy. I have to admit that at the end of the day, I do have a biblical view of suffering. As The Message words it, Ecclesiastes answers, “God made men and women true and upright; we’re the ones who’ve made a mess of things” (7:29). While I will criticize Ehrman, I should clarify that sometimes I find him likable. Simon & Schuster. If you’ve been impacted by our resources, we invite you to make a year-end gift before December 31. Episcopal and then United Church of Christ (Congregational). To submit a question about God, the Bible or the Christian culture, click here. Bart, A personal note: i come from a Christian background. He reveals the big picture of who God is and what God is doing in the world—now and forever. [1]. Or is it the real power and transforming grace of God that came in suffering? Ehrman ignores the richness of the biblical teaching about Heaven and the New Earth. I think that that is just a catastrophic misprioritizing of Christian doctrine. Craig has some insights into what might have happened with Ehrman. Bart Ehrman has become an atheist poster boy, presenting himself as a reverse C. S. Lewis, compelled by intellectual honesty to abandon his faith. In fact, they are amateurs at that…. What was the problem here for Ehrman that the admission of a single, trivial error in the Gospels would have such a devastating theological affect? What are some of these central doctrines that are at the core of the Christian web of beliefs? Ecclesiastes says, “Be happy, young man, while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. ), How shall we sing the LORD'S song in a strange land? When we limit our perspective to the horizons of this world, life is indeed meaningless. That doesn’t follow logically at all!” It was so difficult in talking to this man because he just couldn’t see that in order to believe in the existence of God and the resurrection of Christ, the deity of Christ, you don’t have to believe that 2 Kings is right about the number of horses in Solomon’s stable. So, what was said in English… and the exact words that were used in English… and literalistic interpretation of those English words… that’s what’s inerrant. There I learned Greek.... At Princeton I did both a master of divinity degree— training to be a minister—and, eventually, a Ph.D. in New Testament studies. Student: Why has inerrancy and infallibility been such an obstacle to people such as Bart Ehrman for affirming the Gospel? But it’s not a problem; it’s an advantage presented as a problem — and Ehrman uses this to set the hook… in spite of the fact that the more documents you have, the better your data — which is an advantage for those who support the New Testament project, not for Ehrman. In my opinion, when he turned to the popular audience, a wounded boy started peeking through his pages. God asks Job, “Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? An Evangelical Engagement with Contemporary Questions (Baker Publishing Group, 2014). Rather, he promises that at the judgment he will give us a review. Just as Christians elevate the testimonies of former atheists who have come to Christ, so atheists elevate Ehrman. What was Ehrman’s mistake? He gives us wisdom, knowledge, and happiness (2:26), and wealth, possessions, and honor (5:19; 6:2). I’m dedicating an entire chapter to Bart Ehrman and his best-selling book God’s Problem, because, as a self-described “former evangelical Christian,” Ehrman personifies the potential consequences evangelical churches face when they fail to address the problem of evil and suffering. Our system of beliefs as Christians can be compared to a spider’s web which radiates out from a central point. This position understands inerrancy to reside in a certain edition of the English Bible. I think that is the difficulty for Ehrman. Ehrman’s story should challenge us to come to the problem of evil and suf­fering with a Christian worldview rooted in a well-informed belief in the reliability and authority of God’s Word. I then went off to the University of Munich to do my doctorate in theology with Pannenberg. We should enjoy good food and drink. The problem is not that the Bible fails to answer it; Ehrman himself documents that it offers multiple answers. So please eavesdrop as I call him out for that in another Q & A. [11]. No doubt—but he doesn’t address the other side of the story. Someone wanted me to talk with him. He can be pleased (2:26; 7:26) and angered (5:2–6). For example, it is quite an unnecessary position to defend the English translation as inerrant; that’s an extreme position held by no credible exegetes… plus… it’s an extra job! But did you notice the waffling… that bit about computers and counting… and how he never lifts the veil on what a variant might be. While he says he doesn’t intend to cause believers to lose their faith, it’s easy to wonder why else he would write such a book. So, if someone defeated that particular position, the defender would crumble in a heap… but not because God’s word was defeated. Many of you have heard of Bart Ehrman. I’m convinced that many Christians, younger and older, have faiths very similar to that which Ehrman abandoned—on the verge of being persuaded to jettison their weak faiths by college professors utilizing Ehrman’s kinds of arguments. [14]. Our biographies were so similar up to that point. Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of fifty-some books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries. [2]. Ehrman uses phrases such as “scholars now believe” as if some universally recognized group of experts passes judgment reliably and unanimously, rather than that a large array of authors start with different presuppositions and reach different conclusions. Bart Ehrman’s new book, written before the pandemic, may offer the perfect antidote for settling the question of what comes after. It concludes with an emphatic message that cuts through the apparent meaninglessness and uncertainties of life, right to the heart of our existence: “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. To see why, let’s look more closely at Ehrman’s quote, because there is a critical issue hidden within it that he did not reveal — one that, In order for anyone to enumerate manuscript variants in the 200,000 – 400,000 range, one needs a large (and I mean. What C. S. Lewis called “mere Christianity” doesn’t hinge upon belief in the inspiration of Scripture. Is that denial? The system still holds together.

Your are truly inspiring…. Privacy Policy. The Sovereign LORD is my strength. “I learned about Him. Bart D. Ehrman is the author or editor of more than thirty books, including the New York Times bestsellers Misquoting Jesus and How Jesus Became God.Ehrman is a professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a leading authority on the New Testament and the history of early Christianity. If Ehrman had placed his faith in Jesus Christ rather than in his beliefs about inerrancy, he might still be with us… and it could be as simple as that: Ehrman placed his faith in the wrong things — his methodologies and himself. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I think this is very, very important. So I would say that the doctrine of inspiration is some place out here [pointing to a diagram on the whiteboard] and the doctrine of inerrancy is even a little more peripheral. Therein, if you care for the less fortunate, lies another reason to believe in God – not a a reason to disbelieve (in my opinion). I attended seminary at Yale, worked in churches for a time, then went into public school teaching. That his Christianity could withstand neither academic questioning of Scripture nor the realization that this world teems with terrible evil and suffering suggests that he had never embraced a deeply rooted biblical worldview in the first place. Doctrines about the sacraments and baptism and the real presence in the Lord’s supper are also nearer the periphery than the center. One favorable reviewer of Ehrman’s book comments, “I much prefer the beneficent gods of my ancestors, who don’t cause suffering, who don’t pluck people out of existence according to some mysterious plan, who don’t send natural disasters to plague us, a world where cause and effect hold sway, where rivers rise because of natural causes, where twisters are the result of meteorological conditions, not because God ordains them.” [10]. Bart Ehrman’s evangelical heritage serves as a warning to Christian families, churches, and schools: we need to carefully address the problem of evil. How about the existence of God? The book’s presumptuous title is off-center; the problem of evil is man’s problem with God, not God’s problem. Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew Paperback – September … According to Ecclesiastes, God is in Heaven (5:2), he is Creator (12:1) and the Maker of all things (11:5), he gave life to human beings (8:15; 9:9), he bestowed our spiritual nature (3:21; 12:7) and set eternity in our hearts (3:11). He argues that a good God would never withhold relief that was in his power to give, then comes to a revealing conclusion: I think we should work hard to make the world—the one we live in—the most pleasing place it can be for ourselves.... We should make money and spend money. He made sense when nothing else made sense. It wouldn’t have much impact. Ehrman speaks of his former faith largely in terms of a young person attending churches, schools, and events, and adopting certain religious practices. Finally top Bible scholar "Professor Bart D. Ehrman" leaves Christianity. Indeed, having swept across the Western world, Christianity erased much of the pagan culture it replaced, leaving current scholars with little evidence of what once existed or even how Christianity made its swift advance. 21-year-old arrested in Nashville nurse slaying: Police. He is writing pop-ular book after popular book attempting to undermine the deity of Christ, the reliability of Scripture in many different ways. These people do not deny their suffering; they affirm it. That wouldn’t show that God doesn’t exist. But I think we understand that we can never fully separate the product from the producer (or the analysis from the analyst) when using thousands of words to convey conclusions… although I am not trying to build Ehrman a hiding place here. Bart Ehrman on why everything you’ve been told about heaven and hell is wrong Best known for his popular books debunking the central assumptions of Christian Scriptures, the … ….I should say a few words about the New Testament manuscript variants, because the layman is often confused by the true but decontextualized comments of people like New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman. Instead, he would have been like the archer’s bow — absorbing the stress — and using it to fire at the heart of truth. He simply doesn’t believe them. For many people who inhabit this planet, life is a cesspool of misery and suffering. On a university campus, how much courage does it take to roll your eyes at and caricature evangelical Christianity? I went off to finish my college work at Wheaton. In this book, Randy Alcorn challenges the logic of disbelief, and brings a fresh, realistic, and thoroughly biblical insight to the issues these important questions raise.Alcorn offers insights from his conversations with men and women whose lives have been torn apart by suffering, and yet whose faith in God burns brighter than ever. [5]. To see why, let’s look more closely at Ehrman’s quote, because there is a critical issue hidden within it that he did not reveal — one that supports the New Testament’s veracity rather than fights it. Ehrman would benefit from spending more time talking with people whose faith increased in the midst of horrific suffering. Ehrman offers a gripping self-introduction to his book: The problem of suffering has haunted me for a very long time. At times Ehrman seems to congratulate himself on his courage. Without the teaching of eternal life with God and his people on a resurrected Earth in a redeemed universe, the biblical case for evil being defeated and suffering being redeemed does not stand up. Now, please note that he used the technical word “variants” and not “errors” to indicate those places where the texts are not perfectly matched. Chapter 11 of If God Is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil. If a person indeed “has” Jesus Christ in any real sense of the term — in salvation, fellowship, the word, etc. This isn’t an error. Did you note Craig’s comments about what should be the logical response to a trivial error such as the one about Solomon’s horses?

ANY contradiction. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is a leading authority on the New Testament and the history of early Christianity. His faith in his own subjective understanding at times seems breathtaking. In light of the great number of young people who reject their faith as college students or young adults, we need to ask ourselves two questions: What are we doing to help nominally Christian young people come to a true faith in Christ? While he was there he was working on a passage in the Gospel of Mark that seemed to be in conflict or inconsistent with other biblical passages in the Old Testament. When we abandon trust in God’s revelation, we replace it with trust in our own feelings, opinions, and preferences, or those of our friends and teachers—all of which can drift with popular culture, including academic culture. Dr. Bart Ehrman - Great Controversies in Christianity The Not Old Better Show, Smithsonian Associates Series Welcome to The Not Old Better Show, I’m Paul Vogelzang … Please understand that I am not saying that either Ehrman or all fundamentalists are King-James-Onliests… but I need to establish a scale. Doesn’t Ehrman (who is a credible scholar with good credentials and a good job) leave us with the impression that there could be 400,000 mistakes in the New Testament… more mistakes than it has, It’s obvious what we have here: two scholars cancelling each other out… so it’s time to put any lingering postmodernism aside, because when it comes to a “yes or no” answer on biblical inerrancy, they cannot both be right… and I agree with Blomberg. It didn’t have to happen. Our strength rests in God’s Word. We and their grandparents have suffered since. He alludes to strained relationships among family and friends as a result of rejecting Christ. So I said sure. Indeed, Scott’s overwhelming sense of loss initially prompted suicidal thoughts. He is good (2:24–26; 3:13; 5:18–19; 6:2) and holy (5:1–2). That wouldn’t show that God doesn’t exist. God is sovereign over death, hate, war, and every evil. I am told by an editor at Oxford University Press that he is the best-selling religious author with Oxford University Press. It would be more accurate if Bart Ehrman titled his book My Problem. Yet many have a vibrant faith in Christ. Bart Ehrman has become an atheist poster boy, presenting himself as a reverse C. S. Lewis, compelled by intellectual honesty to abandon his faith. But note this well, the fact that Ehrman identifies himself as a former believer does nothing to change the consensus among historians and textual critics about the quality of our documents, nor should it change the positive impact that that has on our beliefs. Most Christians say the apostles came to believe Jesus was God after seeing how Christ’s resurrection vindicated his claims to divinity. In order for anyone to enumerate manuscript variants in the 200,000 – 400,000 range, one needs a large (and I mean large) supply of rare ancient manuscripts. He can be overconfident, yet occasionally admits his uncertainties. But they simply do not see the reality of evil and suffering as inconsistent with their faith in Christ. Even the existence of God. COVID-affected tenants face eviction despite CDC ban. It’s obvious what we have here: two scholars cancelling each other out… so it’s time to put any lingering postmodernism aside, because when it comes to a “yes or no” answer on biblical inerrancy, they cannot both be right… and I agree with Blomberg. Instead of forcing the Scripture through the rigid ideas of fundamentalist inerrancy Ehrman should have adopted a more nuanced position like the one codified in the Chicago statement. When we stand before God, we will either thank him for the justifying work of Christ, or we will face the problem of trying to justify ourselves on some other basis. I mean, if people like Bart Ehrman were honestly Christian — and even if they thought the Bible was corrupt — they would still not leave Christ's reassurance of salvation and His unconditional love? But for Ehrman, he had this wooden, brittle understanding of inerrancy that was misplaced in terms of its theological priority. At this point, I must beg the indulgence of my editors, my questioner and my broader audience who have sympathy with fundamentalism. in Ecclesiastes,” Bibliotheca Sacra 148, no. If the Bible is not God’s Word to us and inspired, it would certainly cause great reverberations because now you would have documents that would simply be human historically reliable accounts of the life and teachings of Jesus. [3] If we vacillate on that conviction, we will first reinterpret the Bible, then outright reject it. If any of you have been struggling with this sort of thing, or you know folks – children or grandchildren maybe – who have been, try to help them understand the place of biblical inerrancy in our web of beliefs and also to understand its subtleness. But isn’t it remarkable that from Sudan to China to Cambodia to El Salvador, faith in God grows deepest in places where evil and suffering have been greatest?

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