Archive for 'Public Forum'

Critique of the Very Reverend Robert Barron

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The responses to How Jesus Became God are starting to appear, and I must say, I find the harshest ones bordering on the incredible.   Do people think that it is acceptable to attack a book that they haven’t read – or at least haven’t had the courtesy to try to understand?

Some of the reviewers are known entities, such as the Very Rev. Robert Barron, a Roman Catholic evangelist and commentator who has a wide following.   His full ...

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Interview on Trinities.org on How Jesus Became God Part 2

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This is the second part of my interview with Dale Tuggy, the host and co-executive producer of Trinities.org podcast.  The podcasts hosts debates, interviews, and historical and contemporary perspectives on issues related to Christian theology.  The interview was focused on How Jesus Became God, although in spots we go afield.   Some listeners have thought that this was one of the more interesting of the interviews I’ve done.  The interview took place on April 14th, 2014 via telephone.

 

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Modern Appearances of Jesus

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QUESTION:

Why do you suppose no one has had visions of Jesus since the Gospels?  And why have there been visions of Mary instead?

 

RESPONSE:

Another good question.   The answer is: people *do* have visions of Jesus (all the time)!   I could have approached the topic in a number of ways in my book, but this is what I say there:

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Jesus’ Appearances in the Modern World

And consider the modern appearances of Jesus.   Some of these ...

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Did Disciples Have Visions of Jesus?

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I am ready and willing to begin answering questions readers have about my book How Jesus Became God.  So feel free to ask away.  Here is a good one I received today.

 

QUESTION:

I have enjoyed reading your interesting and thought provoking books, Jesus Interrupted and Forged.   At the moment I am reading How Jesus Became God and would like to comment on some of the content of Chapter 5. To that point in the book, it seems to ...

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Interview with Trinities.org on How Jesus Became God

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I won’t be posting every single interview I do for How Jesus Became God (you will be glad to know); but different interviewers are asking different kinds of questions, and so a range of them doesn’t seem to be out of line.   The one here is for a podcast called Trinities, hosted and produced by a fellow named Dale Tuggy.   Dale is not completely sympathetic with all my views in the book, which makes the interview a ...
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Christ as an Angel in Paul

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I continue here with another post about something that I learned about or changed my mind about while writing How Jesus Became God.   I have to admit, that for many years I was puzzled by the apostle Paul – specifically his Christology.  All the various things he said about Christ didn’t seem to add up to a coherent whole to me, even though I thought and thought and thought about it.   But I finally found the piece that, ...
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The Disciples Who Doubted the Resurrection

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In this post I continue discussing some of the issues that I learned about for the first time, or changed my mind about, while writing How Jesus Became God. This post is about an issue that I figured out (for myself) for the first time; I don’t know that other scholars have pointed this out in quite the same way. (Or if they do, I’ve forgotten about it.) It is about the tradition scattered throughout the Gospels ...
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Why I’m Obsessed with Jesus

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There is a relatively new online journal, “On Faith,” that is top-of-the line and very interesting.   A couple of days ago they published a short article that I wrote, in connection with How Jesus Became God; I called the article “Why I Am Obsessed with Jesus.”  It contains some views you will have seen from me before, and some others.   Here is the article as I sent it to them.  (The full link to the online version in ...
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Media: How Jesus became God – Ehrman vs Gathercole Pt 2

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Here is the second part of my radio “debate” (rather, exchange of views) with Simon Gathercole. To refresh your memory (or in case you didn’t see the earlier post with the first part), Simon is a Senior Lecturer in New Testament at Cambridge University. He is a serious and well-known scholar, and also happens to be an evangelical Christian. We disagree on a lot of things, but we are civil about our disagreements, and I ...
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Fresh Air with Terry Gross and the Dish Book Club with Andrew Sullivan

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I mentioned in an earlier post that the only way a trade book begins to sell well is if it gets media attention.   It is really, really hard to get media attention, and there’s very little that an author can personally do about it.  Authors have publicists (at the publisher) who try to get attention in print, radio, and TV; that’s what they do for a living, they do it all the time, they have the necessary contacts, and ...
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