Bart Ehrman: God’s Problem
Atheists Talk #0072, Sunday, May 31, 2009
Bart Ehrman is a scholar of the bible and has published popular works at a rapid clip on the subjects of theodicy and the literary history of the books some refer to as “scripture.” He was an evangelical who believed that the Episcopalian church in which he was raised was too tame on the teachings of Jesus’ word of salvation. Dedicating himself to the study of the original Greek versions of the Gospels and New Testaments in order to better understand the word of God, he made the discovery that (whoops!) the Bible couldn’t be an inerrant instruction manual. There were too many inconsistencies, too many obvious copying errors in the translations and too many differences in the theologies contained within the books we call the New Testament for it to be a coherent work of God. He has since become agnostic, strongly convinced that even if there be a creator, it is certainly not the one painted by our Christian religions.
Scott Lohman and Grant Steves bring their intellectual prowess to bear in discussing the books of Bart Ehrman for this program. Grant and Scott are both impressed by Ehrman’s writing, and they are entertaining thinkers and speakers on the subjects of literature and theology. This is sure to be a fun show as they discuss Ehrman’s books.
“Atheists Talk” is produced by The Minnesota Atheists. Mike Haubrich, Director. Stephanie Zvan, Host.
- Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millenium by Bart Ehrman (Google Books Preview)
- Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why by Bart Ehrman (Amazon Books)
- Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing The Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (and Why We Don’t Know About Them) by Bart Ehrman (Amazon Books)
- Bart Ehrman: Questioning Religion on Why We Suffer (NPR Interview, 2008)
- The Book of Bart (Washington Post, 2005)
- Bart D. Ehrman site
- Bart D. Ehrman Wikipedia page