Bart D. Ehrman quotes

  • The search for truth takes you where the evidence leads you, even if, at first, you don't want to go there.
    -- Bart D. Ehrman

    #Want #Firsts #Evidence

  • There are few things more dangerous than inbred religious certainty.
    -- Bart D. Ehrman

    #Religious #Inbreds #Critical Thinking

  • In the entire first Christian century Jesus is not mentioned by a single Greek or Roman historian, religion scholar, politician, philosopher or poet. His name never occurs in a single inscription, and it is never found in a single piece of private correspondence. Zero! Zip references!
    -- Bart D. Ehrman

    #Christian #Jesus #Zero

  • You can’t believe something just because someone else desperately wants you to.
    -- Bart D. Ehrman

    #Believe #Want

  • Sometimes Christian apologists say there are only three options to who Jesus was: a liar, a lunatic or the Lord. But there could be a fourth option - legend.
    -- Bart D. Ehrman

    #God #Christian #Jesus

  • In Matthew, Jesus declares, “Whoever is not with me is against me.” In Mark, he says,“Whoever is not against us is for us.” Did he say both things? Could he mean both things? How can both be true at once? Or is it possible that one of the Gospel writers got things switched around?
    -- Bart D. Ehrman

    #Jesus #Mean #Mark

  • The problem then with Jesus is that he cannot be removed from his time and transplanted into our own without simply creating him anew
    -- Bart D. Ehrman

    #Jesus #Creating #Problem

  • [P]eople need to use their intelligence to evaluate what they find to be true and untrue in the Bible. This is how we need to live life generally. Everything we hear and see we need to evaluate—whether the inspiring writings of the Bible or the inspiring writings of Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, or George Eliot, of Ghandi, Desmond Tutu, or the Dalai Lama.
    -- Bart D. Ehrman

    #Live Life #Writing #Needs

  • In terms of the historical record, I should also point out that there is no account in any ancient source whatsoever about King Herod slaughtering children in or around Bethlehem, or anyplace else. No other author, biblical or otherwise, mentions this event. Is it, like John's account of Jesus' death, a detail made up by Matthew in order to make some kind of theological point?
    -- Bart D. Ehrman

    #Jesus #Kings #Children

  • Different authors have different points of view. You can't just say, 'I believe in the Bible.
    -- Bart D. Ehrman

    #Atheist #Believe #Views

  • Traditionally in Christian circles, Judas in fact has been associated with Jews. Of being traitors, avaricious, who in fact, betray Jesus, who are Christ-killers. And this portrayal of Judas of course also leads then to horrendous acts of anti-Semitism through the centuries.
    -- Bart D. Ehrman

    #Christian #Jesus #Betrayal