Friday, April 10, 2009

Bart Ehrman Get's Owned on the Colbert Show

I found this article, Bart Ehrman on the Colbert Show, by James White on his blog. When I read it, I had to comment on it and I want to call attention to what Dr. White commented. Here are his comments:
Colbert wins, hands down. Bart takes it good naturedly. But when you only get a few words in edge-wise, you are going to try to go for your "best stuff." You may find the extensive review Ben Witherington is offering of Jesus, Interrupted quite useful (Part 1, Part 2), especially since Witherington and I would hardly be theological bedfellows, yet, he sees the same imbalance that I have noted, and he likewise raises the issue of why a textual critic is basically handed carte blanche to run amuck through the entire NT field of study. [Note: I have been playing with the idea of organizing my response to Ehrman canonically, sort of like Archer's Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties, except using Ehrman's favorite texts, as presented in Misquoting Jesus and Jesus, Interrupted as the source material. I think this might assist especially college and university students in accessing the information].
In any case, if you would like to see Ehrman's facile assertion that Matthew, Mark, and Luke do not present a divine portrait of Jesus refuted with depth and fullness--and that nearly a hundred years ago--you will want to read B.B. Warfield's classic work, The Lord of Glory. Compare Ehrman's surface level argumentation with Warfield's in-depth scholarship and rejoice that truth abides even during times of degradation and apostasy.

Here is the Video:
The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Bart Ehrman
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I thought that the interview was hilarious and Ehrman had the look on his face of a deer caught in headlights. I thought that it was really funny. I know Colbert is a comedian but sometime he nails an issue. He perfectly summed up Ehrman's message when he asked Ehrman his first question:

"Why is the Bible a big fat lie and I'm an idiot for believing it?"

Ehrman tried to argue that Jesus was not portrayed as being deity in Mark, Matthew, and Luke but He is in John and Jesus' crucifixion being markedly different among the four gospels. Dr. James White called him out on that in the following YouTube video. Dr. White refutes him sufficiently and people need to know that the conclusions that Ehrman draws are wrong.

1 comment:

  1. Lol, that Colbert is such an idiot... I think Ehrman's look was more one of disbelief than anything else. I think the answer to the poor guy's analogy is that at the Crucfixion, the elephant spoke.