Bart Ehrman's New Essay Lacks Historic Substance
Bart Ehrman's new essay in the soon to be out-of-business Newsweek magazine is simply crazy talk. The idea that some kind of spiritual knowledge can be acquired from something that is not historical is gnosticism. If Christianity and Judaism are not a religion grounded in history ABOVE ALL, such as the actual events of the incarnation, crucifixion and physical resurrection, then it has lost all value and Christianity is not true. These are not moral stories like Aesop's Fables that give us lessons to live. Anyone reading the OT and NT will easily see this... Rather, these are writings from witnesses to historic events. If they are not true, then we have been duped and are to be pitied more than any people. (1 Corinthians 15:14-19). There is no possibility that so many people in the first century could have conspired to make up these events and then be willing to die for them, unwilling to recant. If it were not true they would have known it. Further, anyone at the time could have easily verified or denied the truthfulness of the written history. Many people who saw the events were still alive when the letters of the apostles were being passed around. It is frankly, IMHO, much more difficult to believe Ehrman's version of the story.