Book Club: Ask Bart Ehrman Anything II

Below is the second installment of Ehrman’s responses to Dish reader questions (the first part is here): What do you make of the evangelical response to your book, How God Became Jesus? For a somewhat fuller response, see my blog post. Here I can say that the five evangelical Christians who responded are all good scholars. The purpose of … Continue reading Book Club: Ask Bart Ehrman Anything II

Book Club: Ask Bart Ehrman Anything I

As the first Dish book club draws to a close, the author of How Jesus Became God was gracious enough to answer your questions about his book. Below is the first installment of his responses: Has changing your mind about a major question, like when Christians believed Jesus to be divine, caused you to rethink any of … Continue reading Book Club: Ask Bart Ehrman Anything I

Book Club: Ask Bart Ehrman Anything

As our first book club discussion winds down, Bart Ehrman has graciously agreed to answer your questions about the book. This book club has its Marshall McLuhan Woody Allen moment – we can summon the author to resolve any remaining issues. So have at it. What would you like to ask Bart? Submit your questions … Continue reading Book Club: Ask Bart Ehrman Anything

Bart Ehrman Speaks

He’s a fascinating character, and this blog discussed him here and here. He’s the former fundamentalist who became an agnostic after studying the various textual sources for the Bible. Here’s a 40 minute interview with him on NPR’s usually great "Fresh Air".

Just How Reliable Is The New Testament?

According to Craig L. Blomberg’s Can We Still Believe the Bible?: An Evangelical Engagement with Contemporary Questions, perhaps more than you think. Reviewing the book, Louis Markos highlights areas where Blomberg pushes back against well-known critics of the Bible’s reliability, such as Bart Ehrman, arguing its trustworthiness “does not depend on its living up to logical … Continue reading Just How Reliable Is The New Testament?

Why Was Jesus Really Crucified?

Douglas Main details a new paper from Yale University’s Dale Martin suggesting that it might have been because his disciples were carrying weapons: The biblical books of Mark and Luke both state that at least one (and probably two or more) of Jesus’s followers was carrying a sword when Jesus was arrested shortly after the … Continue reading Why Was Jesus Really Crucified?

Book Club Archive

BOOK 02 On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes Alexandra Horowitz Hosted by Maria Popova of Brain Pickings Discussion here. Listen to Maria interview Alexandra about the book here: You can also download an mp3 of that conversation by clicking here. BOOK 01 How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee Bart Ehrman … Continue reading Book Club Archive

Sully And Hitch After Dark

A late-night conversation between Andrew Sullivan and Christopher Hitchens, recorded in 2006. A while back I thought it would be a cool idea to do some post-prandial chats with some of my favorite people. It occurred to me that the best conversations I ever heard in Washington never happened on television or radio. They were … Continue reading Sully And Hitch After Dark

Book Club: Can Christianity Survive Modernity?

[Re-posted from earlier today] That may seem a rather strange way to kick off discussion of a book about the beliefs of Christians in the decades and first few centuries after the death of Jesus of Nazareth. But it’s the question that lingers in my head after reading Bart Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God: The … Continue reading Book Club: Can Christianity Survive Modernity?