I’ll admit it – one of the people I “fear” the most is Bart Ehrman, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at UNC-CH. Why? Because he is smarter than me. Well, not just that. He’s also been educated at some of the best evangelical institutions in the U.S. (Moody Bible Institute and Wheaton College). But what’s scariest is, with all of his devotion and bible knowledge, he is an evangelical turned agnostic. What?!? How could that happen?
Well, he studied the New Testament texts, and found his faith in them wanting. And he’s not quiet on it either. He’s written a slew of books on the topic, and today, was interviewed on Fresh Air pimping his new book, Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene: The Followers of Jesus in History and Legend. But despite his fearsome reputation, I found him smart, not anti-faith, and even a bit faith affirming. The interview is well worth the listen.