Everyday Theology Conference Videos – Liberty University – Ben Witherington and Craig Evans – Sessions 1 & 2

Chad Thornhill: Two of the worlds finest New Testament scholars Ben Witherington and Craig Evans speak about some of the Current issues going on right now in New Testament Studies. The purpose of the annual Everyday Theology Conference is to address critical issues in Christian theology, while also exploring what this means  for everyday life and every day Christians. We believe very deeply that what we believe about God matters, not just for our intellectual endeavors, not just so that we get it right, but this also impacts how we live. This has true implications for day to day Christianity and  too often, those connections are not sufficiently explored. We have theologians  and we have practitioners and they don’t make the connections often enough. So what we hope to do is to present  the data, the arguments, the material and then get some of the practical download.

Everyday Theology Conference Session 1

Ben Witherington – questions related to Jesus, the New Testament, the first century, how is it that we can have confidence today, 2000 years later in an ancient faith that actually began 2000 years ago? And how do we know we’re getting it right and making the right kind of a connection?

VIDEO by Liberty University

Everyday Theology Conference Session 2

Craig Evans Discusses Bart Ehrman’s Book „How Jesus Became God”

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Craig Evans discusses Bart Ehrman’s assertions against the divinity of Christ in Ehrman’s book ‘How Jesus became God’, as he published in his own book ‘How God became Jesus’.

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VIDEO by AcadiaDivCollege

How God Became Jesus:
The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature
–A Response to Bart Ehrman

Book Description via Amazon – In his recent book How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher From Galilee historian Bart Ehrman explores a claim that resides at the heart of the Christian faith– that Jesus of Nazareth was, and is, God. According to Ehrman, though, this is not what the earliest disciples believed, nor what Jesus claimed about himself.
The first response book to this latest challenge to Christianity from Ehrman, How God Became Jesus features the work of five internationally recognized biblical scholars. While subjecting his claims to critical scrutiny, they offer a better, historically informed account of why the Galilean preacher from Nazareth came to be hailed as ‘the Lord Jesus Christ.’ Namely, they contend, the exalted place of Jesus in belief and worship is clearly evident in the earliest Christian sources, shortly following his death, and was not simply the invention of the church centuries later. (Book – 233 pages) Publisher: Zondervan (March 25, 2014)

Bart Ehrman vs Craig Evans Whole Debate on „Does the New Testament misquote Jesus?”

Watch Craig Evans new interview about his latest response to Bart Ehrman’s book ‘How Jesus became God’, here- Craig Evans Discusses Bart Ehrman’s Book „How Jesus Became God”

„Does the New Testament misquote Jesus?”

THE QUESTION:  Does the New Testament present a reliable portrait of the Historical Jesus?


  1. Dr. Bart D. Ehrman, Professor of Religious Studies at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  2. Dr. Craig A Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College of Acadia University

Here’s a summary of the opening statements from The Chronicle Herald:

A debate on whether or not the New Testament Gospels give a historically accurate account of the life and death of Jesus Christ is not exactly Hockey Night in Canada.

Yet, increasingly, biblical scholars, like Acadia’s Craig Evans and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Bart Ehrman, have been showing up on YouTube, CNN, CBC, CTV, the History Channel and the Discovery Channel, and even, in the case of Bart Ehrman, on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, not to mention the bestseller list of the New York Times.

All of Ehrman’s 25 books are based on sound scholarship, and most of them are intended for and read mostly by scholars, „an audience of dozens” as he once put it. But his last few books, written in a more user-friendly literary style, have made the New York Times bestseller list. They include: God’s Problem, Jesus Interrupted, Forged and Misquoting Jesus.

Of Evans’s 50 books, including ones he has edited, he has written one popular book, Fabricating Jesus — How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels, in which he takes on Ehrman’s Misquoting Jesus as well as three books by other writers, all of which he describes as „popular books” as opposed to „scholarly books.”

Thursday night in Halifax more than 600 people packed the McNally Theatre Auditorium on the SMU campus to hear these two New Testament champions spar over the issue of whether the accounts of Christ’s life, as described by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the Gospels, which were written as many as 80 years after His birth, present a reliably accurate historical portrait of the man whose life and death is at the heart of a 2,000-year-old religion with two billion adherents.

At the beginning of the debate the steel flashed and the lines were sharply drawn. Evans, the first to take the lectern, emphatically declared his answer: „Yes it does.”

He had 25 minutes to make his point, citing the preponderant agreement of a long list of biblical scholars that the four Gospels are the primary source for the historical narrative of the birth, life and death of Christ.

„I disagreed with the whole thing!” said Ehrman heatedly after striding to the lectern. He said if you read the Gospel accounts „horizontally,” that is, start reading Matthew’s account of Jesus’ lineage, then skip over to Mark’s account of it, then to Luke’s and finally to John’s, you will discover irreconcilable discrepancies. „They can’t all be right,” he said. And the same holds true for accounts of the birth, life, crucifixion, and resurrection. So who do you trust?

At the end of the lectern challenges, assertions and rebuttals, the two professors moved over to two comfortable chairs centre stage for the „conversation” part of the debate in which they asked each other questions and discussed the issue. By now the spears had mostly been transformed into ploughshares. It had been entirely cordial.”We’re really agreed that there are discrepancies in the Gospel accounts,” Ehrman concluded. „And all New Testament scholars say the same.”

But he conceded that a life of Christ could be arrived at through them and that their inaccuracies didn’t affect the theological significance of Christ’s life.

VIDEO by TalalRafiChannel The full debate between Bart Ehrman and Craig Evans about whether the Bible is reliable as a source. Bart Ehrman is a bible scholar who became an atheist after studying it. He believes that there are too many contradictions and errors in the bible for it to be called the word of God. He is famous for his book Misquoting Jesus.

He also talks about how the bible was changed and about its history and who the authors of the gospels were.

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