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Bart D. Erhman: Misquoting Jesus (Stanford Lecture Series)

Bart D. Erhman, Misquoting Jesus: Scribes who Altered Scripture and Readers Who May Never Know (Heyns Lecture Series, Stanford University’s Office for Religious Life, 2007).

For those who don’t have time to read Bart D. Erhman’s book, I found a helpful summary of his ideas in this lecture.  As you may already know, Erhman used to be an evangelical, but after a rigorous scholarly study of Scripture came to be one of the most outspoken critics against evangelical views of Scripture and lost his Christian faith.  I have also posted another video from Unbelievable? with Justin Brierley below, in which Erhman interacts with a more conservative scholar, Mike Licona, who went through a similar experience of doubt during his scholarly study of Scriptures and appears to have let go of his former views of Scripture, but without loosing his Christian faith.  They show the deepest respect for one another, but each brings different philosophical presuppositions that determine what can and cannot be concluded based on the historical evidence.

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Bart D. Erhman and Mike Licona on Unbelievable? with Justin Brierley

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:: The Archbishop of Chicago Speaks at the evangelical Wheaton College ::

Yes.  You heard it right.  The Archibishop of Chicago, Francis Cardinal George, will be speaking at Wheaton College next month in an ecumenical dialogue.  Although Wheaton is not sponsoring the event, they have graciously allowed ACT3 (who is sponsoring the event) to gather at the Edman Chapel for this land-breaking event.

My friend John Armstrong (president of ACT3) who recently published a book on Christian unity (Your Church is Too Small) is continuing his conversation with the archbishop of Chicago, Francis Cardinal George. The only difference is, now the conversation is going public and will be taking place in a public format at Wheaton College on March 26th, 7:00pm at the Edman Chapel.

If I were in Chicago, I would be nowhere else. But since I’m not, I will be viewing the event live from home via the internet by going to WETN, since they are vodcasting it live.

UPDATE: You can now view the dialogue at ACT3.

Rob Bell vs. Conservative Evangelicalism :: More Video Wars

In case you missed it, Rob Bell came out with a book last year that sparked immediate controversy before it ever even hit the shelves. How? Through this trailer video. It ruffled the feathers of what may be the largest stream of Christianity in America: conservative evangelicalism. Here is the original video:

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Now part of what makes Bell’s videos so attractive to a postmodern age is his ability to communicate with probing questions and provocative stories instead of a traditional preachy format. Jefferson Bethke, the same guy that recently attained instant fame through his video “Jesus vs. Religion” made a response video to Rob Bell’s trailer expressing this conservative evangelical critique quite well. Here is that video:

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Most people don’t have time to read lengthy written critiques of controversial perspectives, so the best they will ever get is an entertaining view of what I have labeled the “video wars.”  Here is a better way: listen to two conservative Christians confronting Bell in a respectful but insistent way, to clarify his views on Unbelievable.  Although clearly the interviewers appear to be antagonistic, and often interrupt Bell and dominate the discussion, this is a great dialogue.  I was shocked when I realized that Bell’s response to Warnock on biblical texts left Warnock admitting his own ignorance of the biblical languages, whereas Bell had apparently studied the biblical texts more critically than Warnock.

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