One of my esteemed colleagues here recently called Professor Bart D. Ehrman a putz. 


Until recently, I had never heard of Ehrman, however, because my colleague had been raving so much about the authenticity, historical accuracy and inerrancy of the bible, I thought I'd investigate it a little further own my own. 


Now, I'm not an academic type and reading is not my thing but after taking a few digital courses on science oriented topics a couple of years ago (Chaos Theory, Particle Physics and Quantum Physics), I thought I'd do a little independent learning related to the bible.  I was somewhat familiar with the bible but I must admit my colleague piqued my interest - for which I must now thank him.  An book that is the inerrant word of God?  Let's test this understanding.


The first biblical course I took was, The Book of Genesis.  It was interesting to see how, for example, two Creation Stories co-exist within Genesis - presumably written by 2 different authors.  The course was very good.  


Currently, I am going through another interesting course - regarding The Writings of the Apostolic Fathers.  When I mentioned to my colleague that the 24 video lectures were being presented by Professor Bart Ehrman I was told that the man was a Putz (stupid or worthless).  As I had already ordered the course, I proceeded to listen to his materials - which were extremely informative (and for only $69 US - plus shipping and handling). Ehrman was anything but a worthless putz - IMHO.  He is a known and credible academic scholar and author.  So why would my colleague call him a putz?


Is seems that, like my colleague, Ehrman was a born again Christian but, unlike my colleague, while studying theology in university he realized that the bible had inconsistencies that contradicted the notion of biblical inerrancy.  Nevertheless, Ehrman proceeded to learn Greek, continued his studies  and is now Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - more


After my colleague took additional shots at the credibility of Ehrman I became more curious and looked the professor up on the internet and came across interesting some material on Youtube that will allow you to decide who is the real putz around here. 

The following is the end of a presentation Ehman gave at Stanford University



These are links to the full Standford University series of videos for anyone interested.










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Comment by Jeff H on August 5, 2011 at 12:01am
Yes  he is a putz...
Comment by Jeff H on August 5, 2011 at 9:43am


 :-) Thus speaks the Khemenator!

Comment by Jeff H on August 5, 2011 at 9:46am


and here is the Putz getting debating Dr. Craig. I posted this vid on OSR some time ago... 

Comment by Kernel John on September 1, 2011 at 2:04pm

Jeff, I believe Bart Ehrman, his knowledge and his books, challenge your traditional beliefs.  Rather than rationally confront his arguments.  I believe those who are threatened by his knowledge should challenge this knowledge and not the credibility of the man.  These people think that if they discredit the man, his knowledge will also be discredited.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  The church condemned the putz called Galileo and his heliocentristic view as "false and contrary to Scripture". But the idea of a sun centred solar system eventually shone forth and even the inerrant Roman Church gave way to the truth.  How much longer until evolution is recognized as an unprovable theory.


I believe you think Bart Erhman is a Putz because he writes books like these:


  • Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why (Plus):
    For almost 1,500 years, the New Testament manuscripts were copied by hand––and mistakes and intentional changes abound in the competing manuscript versions. Religious and biblical scholar Bart Ehrman makes the provocative case that many of our widely held beliefs concerning the divinity of Jesus, the Trinity, and the divine origins of the Bible itself are the results of both intentional and accidental alterations by scribes.

    In this compelling and fascinating book, Ehrman shows where and why changes were made in our earliest surviving manuscripts, explaining for the first time how the many variations of our cherished biblical stories came to be, and why only certain versions of the stories qualify for publication in the Bibles we read today. Ehrman frames his account with personal reflections on how his study of the Greek manuscripts made him abandon his once ultra–conservative views of the Bible.

  • Forged: Writing in the Name of God--Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are:
    It is often said, even by critical scholars who should know better, that “writing in the name of another” was widely accepted in antiquity. But New York Times bestselling author Bart D. Ehrman dares to call it what it was: literary forgery, a practice that was as scandalous then as it is today. In Forged, Ehrman’s fresh and original research takes readers back to the ancient world, where forgeries were used as weapons by unknown authors to fend off attacks to their faith and establish their church. So, if many of the books in the Bible were not in fact written by Jesus’s inner circle—but by writers living decades later, with differing agendas in rival communities—what does that do to the authority of Scripture?

    Ehrman investigates ancient sources to:
    • Reveal which New Testament books were outright forgeries.

    • Explain how widely forgery was practiced by early Christian writers—and how
      strongly it was condemned in the ancient world as fraudulent and illicit.

    • Expose the deception in the history of the Christian religion.

  • Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don't Know About Them):
    In this New York Times bestseller, leading Bible expert Bart Ehrman skillfully demonstrates that the New Testament is riddled with contradictory views about who Jesus was and the significance of his life. Ehrman reveals that many of the books were written in the names of the apostles by Christians living decades later, and that central Christian doctrines were the inventions of still later theologians. Although this has been the standard and widespread view of scholars for two centuries, most people have never learned of it.

    Jesus, Interrupte
Comment by Jeff H on September 1, 2011 at 2:17pm
Many of these matters are addressed in the video I presented where Dr. Craig fairly well hand Ehrman his hat. I feel bad for you getting swindled out of you $69 bucks or what ever it was. Caveat Emptor...
Comment by Jeff H on September 1, 2011 at 2:18pm
 By the way, please note all the positive quotes are from the scandel ridden and hopelessly liberal NY times. Go figure...


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