Agnosticism comes from two Greek words (a, “no”; gnosis, “knowledge”). The term agnosticism was coined by T. H. Huxley. It literally means “no-knowledge,” the opposite of a Gnostic (Huxley, vol. 5). Thus, an agnostic is someone who claims not to know.
Dr. Bart D. Ehrman has issues in several areas that drug him down from being a conservative evangelical Christian to an Agnostic and now an atheist. What can we learn from his missteps that led to his abandoning the faith?
Bart D. Ehrman is one of the most renowned and controversial Bible scholars in the world today. However, Ehrman is also a world-renowned New Testament textual and early Christianity scholar, who literally refers to himself as the "Happy Agnostic."
New Testament and Textual scholar Dr. Daniel B. Wallace estimates that tens of thousands of young Christians have lost their faith due to the Agnostic NT Textual and Early Christianity scholar Dr. Bart D. Ehrman's New York Times Bestselling book MISQUOTING JESUS: Who Changes the Bible and Why (2006). What Christian would ever co-author a book with Ehrman?
Book Description Edward D. Andrews boldly answers the challenges Bart D. Ehrman alleges against the fully inerrant, Spirit-inspired, authoritative Word of God. By glimpsing into the life of Bart D. Ehrman and following along his course of academic studies, Andrews helps the reader to understand the biases, assumptions, and shortcomings supporting Ehrman's arguments. Using sound... Continue Reading →
Agnostic Dr. Bar D. Ehrman writes, “It is inspired completely and in its very words—“verbal, plenary inspiration.” All the courses I took presupposed and taught this perspective; any other was taken to be misguided or even heretical. Some, I suppose, would call this brainwashing. Misquoting Jesus (p. 4) So rather than actually having the inspired words of the autographs (i.e., the originals) of the Bible, what we have are the error-ridden copies of the autographs. Misquoting Jesus (p. 5). What good is it to say that the autographs (i.e., the originals) were inspired? We don’t have the originals! We have only error-ridden copies, and the vast majority of these are centuries removed from the originals and different from them, evidently, in thousands of ways. Misquoting Jesus (p. 7)”
THIS BLOG ARTICLE IS BASED ON THE OFTEN MADE CLAIM BY BART D. EHRMAN: "Not only do we not have the originals, We don’t even have copies of the copies of the originals, or copies of the copies of the copies of the originals." - Misquoting Jesus (p. 10)
Because of liberal scholarship of such persons as Bart D. Ehrman, Elaine Pagels, Karen L. King, and Marvin W. Meyer; many have become suspicious and skeptical about the Bible being the Word of God and orthodox Christianity, being the Christianity that heresy grew out of centuries later.
The Greek New Testament was copied and recopied by hand for 1,500 years. Regardless of those scribes who had worked very hard to be faithful in their copying, errors crept into the text. How can we be confident that what we have today is the Word of God?
Agnostic early Christianity and textual scholar Dr. Bart D. Ehrman, writes, "For me, though, this was a compelling problem. It was the words of Scripture themselves that God had inspired. Surely we have to know what those words were if we want to know how he had communicated to us, since the very words were his words, and having some other words (those inadvertently or intentionally created by scribes) didn’t help us much if we wanted to know His words." Misquoting Jesus (p. 5)