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Sacramento Lecture: Cancelled

Several people have asked me about my scheduled lecture in Sacramento at the Slavic Pastors apologetics conference.  I’m sorry to say that the sponsors of the event have cancelled my talk (without, well, notifying me!).  They assure me that it is not because of my views, but because of their financial restraints.   I’m not hugely sorry, as it would have been a bit of a lark and not my normal kind of thing: it was a long trip over three days to tell a group of conservative evangelical pastors that Jesus really did exist.  (!)

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    rivercrowman  February 9, 2020

    I’m glad you called ahead!

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    veritas  February 9, 2020

    I am glad it is cancelled because I cannot come to grips on why a conservative evangelical church would hire someone like yourself to attest to their belief that Jesus really did exist. Are their members wavering in faith that you needed to be brought in ( as a non-believer) to save them? It strikes me as peculiar, you call it a lark.

    • Bart
      Bart  February 10, 2020

      No, actually, they wanted me to come because their pastors occasionally confront mythicists who claim Jesus did NOT exist and they wanted to be able to point out that even a crazily wide-eyed liberal atheist like Ehrman thinks he existed….

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    EldonTyrell  February 9, 2020

    Dr. Ehrman – Do you have any plans on meeting with blog members during your March 31 visit to Baylor University in Waco? I plan on making the trek south from DFW to attend and was wondering what opportunity there might be to say hello or even have a chat. Thanks!

    • Bart
      Bart  February 10, 2020

      I wanted to, but my hosts have me booked the whole time, and I can’t stay an extra day because my book is coming out then and I have to fly to D.C. to do a book event there. Bummer!

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    Chad Stuart  February 9, 2020

    “Yes, Jesus existed, but…”


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    AstaKask  February 10, 2020

    Preaching to the Choir…

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    Forrest  February 10, 2020

    Man, I was all set to come. Then take you out to eat at the Del Taco of your choice.

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    RodOlson  February 14, 2020

    Damn! Living here in CA, Los Angeles, to be more specific, I was planning a trip up there because, the window of opportunity was much better when I lived in NYC for 20 years. Unfortunately, all of those years plus another ten, kept me at arms length… I was a “TBM” (“True Believing Mormon,” thanks to you and modernity’s version of The Gutenberg printing press, aka “the internet” those are becoming more and more rare)!

    Needless to say, hope springs eternal… and perhaps some day.

    PS: You hear this often, I know, but I have to tell you, that you are one of my heroes and your rigorous, honest, detailed research and insight has been life altering and affirming. (I’m still in therapy working through my frustration and animosity I have with that institution. So is life— development. And I was just abit behind the average on Fowler’s Stages.). Thank you again for your loyalty to the truth and integrity to and example of “active open-mindedness!”

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    Niceguy  February 16, 2020

    Jesus told his Disciples not to you touch him as he had not yet ascended-but Thomas poked his finger through the whole in Jesus HAND.

    What’s up here?

    • Bart
      Bart  February 17, 2020

      It’s an old conundrum! Some claim he ascended in the meantime. But, well, I’m not sure it makes a lot of narrative sense.

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