Archive for Saturday, February 16, 2008

Lawrence native to join KC debate on Christ’s Resurrection

February 16, 2008


A Lawrence native and theologian has released his latest book.

Bart D. Ehrman, professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, has released "God's Problem" ($25.95, HarperSanFrancisco), which explores the Bible's responses to why there is suffering in the world.

Ehrman, who grew up attending Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vt., is scheduled to be in Kansas City, Mo., later this month. He will debate Christian apologist Mike R. Licona on the topic, "Is the resurrection of Christ provable?" at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

"We are thrilled to have both Bart D. Ehrman and Mike R. Licona on campus addressing the questions many people ask these days," says R. Philip Roberts, the seminary's president and the debate's moderator. "Apologetics, the science of defending the Christian faith, are very important. Our culture is looking for an answer. This is a wonderful opportunity for the Christian community and others to learn if the claims of Christ are defensible."

Ehrman has written 20 books and perhaps is best known for "Misquoting Jesus." He's appeared on NBC's "Dateline," "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and CNN.

Ehrman also will be in Lawrence April 11 to 14 as the theologian in residence at the Ecumenical Christian Ministries.


Paul R Getto 10 years, 4 months ago Christianity is a wonderful story, but like other religions it stands on the shoulders of those who came before it. Faith is, by definition, irrational and there is nothing wrong with that as long as one's faith is not crammed down the throats of others or made into government policy. In the north, they tended to sacrifice young women to celebrate the cycle of life; in the south a 'christ' was sacrificed annually to accomplish the same thing. To examine the origins of Christianity and the source of their stories, read Gilgamesh and the Osiris myths, both of which were familiar to the ancient Jews. Or, read: Pagan Christs: Studies in Comparative Hierology John M. Robertson

Whip101 10 years, 4 months ago

What is the problem with you Christ haters? Every time anything remotely associated with Christianity comes up, you clowns pop out of the wood work with your self-righteous arses to proclaim the errors of Christianity.

Christianity comes from the belief in Jesus the Christ. And it stands on that alone. As for your "ancient jews", you are in error there too, oh not-so-wise-one. The word jew was NEVER used in ancient or Biblical times. EVER. Jews did not come into existence until the Khazars took the religion of the Pharisees as their own. Get some knowledge on the topic before you attack Christianity with your self-serving, hate filled, rhetoric!

Paul R Getto 10 years, 4 months ago

What is the problem with you Christ haters?

I reject the hate, like your TEACHER demands. The sermon on the mount is still the best speech I've ever read and the golden rule is my aspiration. I proclaim no error, there is none in Christianity or any other religion. That's the point of a faith system, isn't it? We need to develop a shared value system as a nation and learn how to act on it. If we ever do this right, it will read like the golden rule and a few important words: We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union....

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