, co-authors Köstenberger, Bock, and Chatraw discuss the trustworthiness of the Bible in the wake of Bart Ehrman’s influence. Ehrman, as well as other critics, answers with a resounding no!
They insist that the Bible’s difficulties are so extensive that skepticism is the only reasonable conclusion for an unbiased scholar. This is not to say there aren’t difficulties in the Bible—such as apparent chronological differences and theological tensions—but as one scholar noted more than twenty-five years ago, “The difficulties raised by the biblical phenomena are on the whole a good deal less intractable than is sometimes suggested.” That this quote was penned in the mid-1980s reminds us that Ehrman’s critiques are not new; conservative scholars have long been offering thoughtful responses.
“Inside out” guides us into apologetic conversations, tracing out points of agreement and points of disagreement, challenging other worldviews on their own terms, and showing how their view fails to live up to their own deepest aspirations.
Is this method applicable to nearly any subject - or does it have to be about more philosophical issues?
Or, for instance, could you provide an illustration of how this method might look in a discussion about the recent royal wedding? First, I need to say that I am addressing a caricature that is certainly not always true.
However, I have found it to be the case too often, especially in teaching students both on the undergraduate and graduate level.
However, he is soon to be the Director of New City Fellows in Raleigh, NC.” It’s here that the authors also address one of the claims of Ehrman’s newest book: the New Testament is made up of contradicting Christologies.In essence they conclude that Ehrman is far too quick to rush to judgment and that reasonable explanations are readily available where he cries, “Contradiction! Is it true, as Ehrman claims, that the process by which the biblical manuscripts were copied was riddled with errors so that we must lose confidence in the Bible that we have today?The conclusion deals with “Reasons to Believe.” We will see that Ehrman is driven by doubt that raises the bar of proof so high no one will ever satisfy his demands for sufficient evidence for faith.In an interview with Christianity Today in 2012, Ed Stetzer shared that according to Life Way research among young adults who had attended church regularly for at least a year in high school, 70% stop attending regularly for at least a year between...