The future looks ominous for social liberals, even devout Christian ones, religious studies scholar and best-selling author Bart Ehrman warns in a thoughtful interview in the latest edition of American Atheist magazine.
“The question is whether somebody sat down and plotted it out and said, ‘I think I’ll make this up,’ or if it happened as a rumor — somebody just tells a story, and somebody else tells a story, and after a while nobody knows where it came from. In either event, the census did not happen.”...
“Many Christians don’t want to hear this, but the reality is that there are lots of other explanations for what happened to Jesus that are more probable than the explanation that he was raised from the dead. None of these explanations is very probable, but they are more probable, just looking at the matter historically, than the explanation of the resurrection.”...
My degree is in Religious Studies. This covers many disciplines including literature, philosophy, art, history, geography and more. There is no single lens focus on Christianity as there is in Theology. It was part of the pack. I was agnostic when I started as I had always been, and at the end of the degree I knew why I was agnostic.
I also like this quote from Biblical scholar Dr. Hector Avalos: "My own opinion, as an academic biblical scholar, is that there is not enough evidence to settle the question one way or the other. I am an agnostic about the existence of the historical Jesus."
“If you’re not a knowledgeable Christian, then you’re an ignorant Christian,” he says, “and ignorant Christians are really dangerous.”
“It’s a scary moment for Christianity right now because if the trend continues, the two billion Christians in the world will all have a very conservative social agenda.”
And a scary moment for humanity in general.