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Agnostic Religion Professor Researches Biblical Inconsistencies/Contradictions

  • Oct 13, 2010
Curiosity about the life of Jesus, the Christ, makes this Bart D. Ehrman book a must read. If you have an interest in a readable history of Christianity, Ehrman is a great resource to add to your mix. His research goes deep and wide over many focused years. Ehrman is skilled at offering scholarly Christian research in a reader-friendly fact-based format of not only the New Testament, but also the Old Testament.

That's the best news.

And, it does not matter whether you are, like Ehrman, an acclaimed Agnostic, or like me, a cradle Catholic or you come to your interest in Jesus from any other place.

Do you wonder why would I, a believer with a strong relationship with the Triune Christian God, read a Biblical New Testament analysis by an Agnostic Religion Professor who stopped being an Evangelical Christian and no longer believes in God? Exciting good reasons--

1. Ehrman teaches the New Testament as one of his subjects as a college professor of religion.
2. Ehrman has been doing it for a long time.
3. Ehrman writes lucidly of the facts he has uncovered and other Bible researchers have discovered in an easy to understand format.
4. Ehrman stays on the pulse of what young people are thinking about religious subjects as hundreds pass through his classes every year, year after year and the challenges he faces in his classroom sharpen his awareness.

Knowledge is power and Bart D. Ehrman has done the research that broadens my knowledge, even thought I have been studying the New Testament for decades myself. So, I read Ehrman to benefit from his years of research and study and the thousands of years of research and study of others. As a Christian author myself, in line with The Art of War, I need to know what the skeptics,  the atheists and other non-believers are thinking and believe.

Like Ehrman, my research goes deep and wide over many years. both us us reach possibilities as conclusions from our research about Jesus' message and life. Ehrman allowed me and could allow you to revisit information you already know with a fresh perspective and added facts not now in your knowledge base.

Still, when Ehrman states his opinions, judgments and conclusions from his research findings, he comes to them as an agnostic who doesn't know how to prove for himself that there is a God. Barbara Garro comes to them as a believer. Perhaps, you do, as well. Psychologically, it is more true that we "see what we believe," than it is that we "believe what we see." In my book, Grow Yourself a Life You'll Love, I share my B.A.F.A. concept, "Your beliefs create your attitudes; your attitudes create your feelings; and your feelings create your motivation to act."

While it is obvious, Ehrman and Garro would reach different opinions, judgments and conclusions, as you could discover by reading my latest book, From Jesus to Heaven with Love: A Parable Pilgrimage, Ehrman's research made me think, surprised me, answered some niggling questions, and broadened by ability to learn more from my research.

For one example, Ehrman no longer believes that the  Bible was divinely created under the influence of God, and I, Barbara Garro, do. Same facts, different conclusions.

Surprising, Ehrman does not even briefly visit the Koran and other divinely influenced books in comparison with the Bible. I wonder why. Certainly, for the Koran, there is only one scribe, while for the Bible, there are many. Billions believe one or both books were divinely influenced.

I would love to hear your thoughts after you read Ehrman.

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October 16, 2010
Thanks for this. Check out my review on "God & Sex" by Michael Coogan from Harvard, who cites Ehrman and like-minded contemporary scholars in his work on "what the Bible really says" about sexuality. I figure few of those in the pews ever hear of how much the professors differ from the congregants and most of their preachers in such interpretations of what too many still read as a literal rendering from above.
October 15, 2010
Awesome review, Barbara. That's great that even though you are religious, you still read this book and enjoyed it, and it looks like it helped you gain new perspective along the way :) Thanks for sharing!
October 15, 2010
Great review, Barbara!
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“There’s something delicious (for nonbelievers, anyway) about the implacable, dispassionate way that Ehrman reveals how the supposedly “divine truth” of Christianity was historically constructed.” (Salon.com )

“Ehrman’s ability to translate scholarship for a popular audience has made the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill a superstar in the publishing world” (IndyWeek )

“For both scholars and the masses who read about religion, Bart D. Ehrman needs no introduction . . . He adds the personal to the scholarly for some of his works, detailing how he went from a Moody Bible Institute-educated fundamentalist evangelical to an agnostic . (Durham Herald-Sun )
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Books, Spirituality, Religions, Bart D Ehrman


ISBN-10: 0061173932
ISBN-13: 978-0061173936
Author: Bart D. Ehrman
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: HarperOne
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