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.
09. http://youtu.be/-gbi-OtiLEM (*also seen above)