All too often Christians, and even Christian leaders, don’t know how to deal with skeptical challenges of the Bible and the Christian faith. Few churches address the historical questions about the Bible and the theological questions concerning the God who, believers claim, has inspired the Bible. Too often Christian scholarship has been kept at arm’s length and even viewed with suspicion by the church. Speaking and writing in this kind of environment, Bart Ehrman—professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and author of four New York Times bestsellers—has found a captive audience. Ehrman’s popularity is due in large part to the fact that he is talking about things most people never learned about in church. Some have long given up on Christianity, and Ehrman is only reinforcing their decision to depart from their Christian upbringing. Others are trying to reconcile their faith with rational arguments and find Ehrman’s books both interesting and disturbing if not appealing.
Truth in a Culture of Doubt takes a closer look at the key arguments skeptical scholars such as Ehrman keep repeating in radio interviews, debates, and in his their popular writings. If you are looking for insightful responses to critical arguments from a biblical perspective, easily accessible and thoughtfully presented, this book is for you. This is the first book to provide a comprehensive response to Ehrman’s popular works. It is presented in such a way that readers can either read straight through the book or use it as a reference when particular questions arise. Responding to skeptical scholars such as Ehrman, Truth in a Culture of Doubt takes readers on a journey to explain topics such as the Bible’s origins, the copying of the Bible, alleged contradictions in Scripture, and the relationship between God and evil. Written for all serious students of Scripture, this book will enable you to know how to respond to a wide variety of critical arguments raised against the reliability of Scripture and the truthfulness of Christianity.
“External evidence refers to the respective readings in the available manuscripts; internal evidence has to do with the way a given variant fits in the context of a particular passage.” (source)
“Ancient literature from this time period often did not narrate events in the exact chronological order. Instead, historical events were arranged for thematic and topical reasons.” (source)
“Our problem with his books is that we are convinced Ehrman’s arguments are not the best ones, and he’s done little to acknowledge scholarly alternatives to his positions.” (source)
“Ehrman never explains, in light of his worldview, why humans should try to relieve suffering in other humans. He makes a forceful case that the God of the Bible is wrong on account of his actions (or lack thereof) in the face of egregious evil and suffering, but he never explains the basis for his moral outrage.” (source)
“No scholar claims we have the original manuscripts (the so-called biblical ‘autographs’) of the New Testament. However, acknowledging that we no longer have the autographs is different from saying we no longer have the words of the original manuscripts.” (source)