Witherington has a great series of posts on Bart Ehrman’s latest book, Jesus Interrupted: Revealing the hidden contradictions in the Bible (and why we didn’t know about them). Dr. Witherington approaches it on a scholarly level, eschewing any fundamentalistic emotional rant on inerrancy. He deftly teases out the weaknesses in Ehrman’s arguments and brings the conversation around to the big picture of the reliability of the Bible as we have it. Thought-provoking reading for those who would like to dismiss the Bible and Christianity after a devastating church experience.
One thought on “Jesus Interrupted….”
I listened to a series on the New Testament by Mr. Ehrman before he rose to fame on the the popularity of The Di Vinci Code. He has a series of assumptions just like believers have assumptions and based upon these assumptions, drew his conclusions (as we draw ours).
What I find more interesting is his journey. He was at one time a professed believer and a Wheaton grad. Higher Criticism caused him to lose faith in the Scriptures as we understand them. Later, his study on suffering (which he believes Christianity has no answer for – an assertion that seems amazing since there is so much Christian writing on this subject) he abandoned belief in God.
He describes in his book “God’s Problem” how he was at his wife’s church and wept because as they sang of “God with us” he knew in his heart that he was not able to believe that. He knew he was really alone.
That is all I know of the story but I wonder is it mere scholarship or deep hurt that has moved Mr. Ehrman from point A to point Z over the years?