This first paragraph is repeated from yesterday’s post:   I have now finished with my final edits for my book How Jesus Became God.   In the process of doing these final edits, I have cut out large sections of my Preface and the Introductions of four of my chapters and replaced them with other, hopefully better, sections.    But I really like the old ones as well.  So, since they won’t appear in print, I decided to post them here as a record of what almost was.   The all involve anecdotes about my past.  In most instances (the Introductions to the four chapters), these were narratives related to my “deconversion” from Christianity.  My editor and I agreed that the reading public has heard enough about all that, and there’s only so much more that could still be interesting to them.  And so I have replaced those anecdotes with other things.   But I will present them here, anyway, for your reading pleasure or displeasure.

The following is drawn from my old chapter 8.


It is always interesting to me to read what evangelical scholars say about my deconversion, away from the Christian faith.  Frankly, why anyone would want to talk about it at all seems a bit puzzling, since this is a matter purely between me and my conscience.  But there it is: some evangelical authors and speakers have felt a need to explain why it is I have left the faith and to show that my reasons were somewhere between inadequate and risible.   Sometimes – I’ve read this in print! – evangelicals have claimed that I left the faith because I discovered that there were lots of differences among our surviving manuscripts of the New Testament – such as those I detail in my book Misquoting Jesus.    That is a very strange claim: I knew all about the differences in our manuscripts when I was a fundamentalist, and they had zero impact on my faith at the time.

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