Talking Bart Erhman Tonight with Greg Koukl on Stand to Reason

How Jesus Became God

There has been a lot of buzz about Bart Ehrman’s latest volume, How Jesus Became God (HarperOne, 2014).  Ehrman tackles the issue of early Christology, in particular how early Christians came to regard Jesus as divine.

Not surprisingly, Erhman rejects the traditional Christian view on the subject, namely that Jesus was regarded as God because he claimed to be God and was, in fact, God.  Ehrman offers an alternative thesis:

It will become clear in the following chapters that Jesus was not originally considered to be God in any sense at all, and that he eventually became divine for his followers in some sense before he came to be thought

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Bible Secrets Revealed: The Complete Series

Bible Secrets

For the last few months I have been working through the various episodes of Bible Secrets Revealed from the History Channel.  This series challenges a number of popular beliefs and conceptions that people hold about the Bible, and raises questions about the integrity and reliability of the Scriptures.  In each of the posts below, I summarize the main content of each episode and offer an evaluation and response.

This entire series has reminded me of two critical truths:

1. Our popular culture is prone to distort and misrepresent the teachings of the Bible. I was struck again by how sensationalistic and misleading popular-level programming can actually be when it …

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What Does the Bible Teach about Sex? The Final Episode of Bible Secrets Revealed


This is the sixth and final installment of a series of posts reviewing the new History Channel series entitled Bible Secrets Revealed (for others installments, see here, here, here, here, and here).

It looks like the History Channel saved the best (or most controversial) for last.  This last episode is provocatively entitled, “Sex and the Scriptures.”  The episode description really sets the tone:

Millions of people around the world look to the Bible for moral guidance about marriage, faith and family. But could the Bible contain contradictions, or hidden meanings, that challenge our beliefs about what is right–and what is wrong–when it comes to human sexuality?

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Bible Secrets Revealed?: A Response to the New History Channel Series (Part 5)


This is the fifth installment of a series of posts reviewing the new History Channel series entitled Bible Secrets Revealed (for others installements, see here, here, here, and here).  I am now a few episodes behind due to (a) the holiday break, and (b) the fact that History Channel locked all their videos and restricted access.  Not sure why they did this, but I have finally found a way to view them online.

The latest episode is entitled, “Mysterious Prophecies,” and examines the role of prophets in the history of Israel and the Church.  Did these prophets really predict the future?  Were the prophecies true?  In particular, …

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