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Speaking Engagements and Blog Dinners for January and February

Here is a first-of-the-year update on my speaking schedule.  If you happen to be in the area where I’m giving a talk – come!   For two of the events (Jan. 24 in Naples Florida; Feb. 9 in D.C.) I’d like to organize a small Blog Dinner, if anyone will be there.

 

Blog Dinner?  Wednesday January 24, Naples FloridaSee the event below.  Is anyone interested in having dinner, either because you’ll be attending the event or because you just happen to be around?  My idea is to have 3-5 people and to eat good food, drink good drink, and talk about anything you feel like talking about for a couple of hours.  The dinner will have to start late, 8:30 pm or so (I think), since I’ll be flying in only after my morning-long seminar.  If you’re interested, let me know via email, at behrman@email.unc.edu.   The first five to reply get the lucky award.  If there aren’t two or three interested, we’ll put it off for another time.   There is THIS proviso though: I need to know about the dinner, one way or the other, within a week, by January 10, so if it doesn’t happen, I can go to my plan B.   No cost to attend, other than getting there and paying for your meal.
Thursday January 25, Naples Florida.   I will be giving a talk that evening at the Naples United Church of Christ, on my (soon-to-be-released!) new book “The Triumph of Christianity” (it hits the bookstores on Feb. 13).  The event is free and open to the public.
Friday-Saturday Feb. 2-3, Chapel Hill NC:This is a four-lecture series on The Triumph of Christianity for the UNC “Carolina Public Humanities.”  For this occasion, the books will be available (ahead of publication!) for purchase.  It requires a (paid) ticket, though, and I don’t know if any are available.  So check!  It’s at this website:  https://humanities.unc.edu/event/the-triumph-of-christianity-in-the-ancient-world-an-encore-presentation/   There is a lecture Friday afternoon, followed by a dinner, and then a second lecture that evening; the next morning there are two lectures. The dinner is a buffet-line kind of thing, nice but nothing fancy.  If anyone from the blog comes, we could arrange to sit together for the dinner hour.  Let me know!
Blog Dinner?  Friday, Feb. 9, Washington D.C.   Similar to January 24 in Naples:  I will be in D.C. for the event the next day (see below).   Is anyone interested in having dinner, either because you’ll be attending the event or because you just happen to be around?  Again, my idea is to have 3-5 people and to eat good food, drink good drink, and talk about anything you feel like talking about for a couple of hours.  If you’re interested, let me know via email, at behrman@email.unc.edu.   The first five to reply get the lucky award.  If there aren’t two or three interested, we’ll put it off for another time.   No cost to attend, other than getting there and paying for your meal.
Saturday, Feb. 10, Washington D.C.  This is an all-day seminar at the Smithsonian, the same four lectures I’m giving in Chapel Hill the week before.  Hopefully they’ll be better this time.  Books will again be available for purchase and signing.   Again, it is a paid event.  It appears it is already sold out, but if you want to be put on the waiting list, go to the website: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/Tickets/Reserve.aspx?id=240871

Wednesday Feb. 21, Kennesaw, GeorgiaThis is an event I haven’t announced before on the Blog.  It will be a public debate with Mike Licona, an apologist and professor at Houston Baptist University.  Mike and I have debated several times before, on the question of whether historians can demonstrate, on historical grounds, that Jesus was raised from the dead.  Mike says yes, I, well, say no.   This debate is on something else, whether the Gospels of the New Testament can be accepted as reliable.  You can guess what our answers are.  J   The debate will be at 7:00 pm at the Bailey Performance Center, Morgan Hall at Kennesaw State University.

So that’s *it* for January and February.  More than enough, for my taste!

 

 

 

 


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  1. talmoore
    talmoore  January 3, 2018

    Fantastic! I popped off any email to you, Dr. Ehrman.

    As for your debate with Licona on the topic of the resurrection, would this be your 73rd or 74th time debating this topic with him over the past 135 years? Or does it just feel that way? Paul famously says in 1 Corinthians 15:14 “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” Is it possible that Licona and others keep insisting on debating this topic because should they ever concede the point then they would be forced to accept that Christian faith is “useless”?




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    • Bart
      Bart  January 5, 2018

      This debate won’t be on the resurrection but on the accuracy of the Gospels.




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      • talmoore
        talmoore  January 7, 2018

        Ah, well, maybe you can ask Licona which versions of Mark are “accurate,” the ones where Jesus says “Talitha kum” (improper Aramiac) or “Talitha kumi” (proper Aramaic)? From what I understand Nestle has the bad Aramaic (“Talitha kum”), which would suggest to me that scholars think the most authoritative version of Mark has bad Aramaic grammar. And, if so, one has to wonder why the most authoritative version of God’s inspired scripture would have such a blatant inaccuracy.




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  2. Pattylt  January 3, 2018

    Do you know whether the Licona debate will be recorded or maybe even live streamed? I loved your previous debate with him and am amazed at his determined stance on literalist interpretations of belief (and his insistence that his theology is an historical method).




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  3. Seeker1952  January 3, 2018

    Any plans to come to Milwaukee — or maybe Madison or Chicago? I know you were in Milwaukee not too long ago but I was out of town at the time (and I don’t think you were doing dinners then either). I think it would be great to be able to go to one of these dinners.

    I suppose you prefer southern climes during the winter months. And there’s rarely enough snow (or mountains) to ski if that’s one of your pastimes.




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  4. Forrest  January 3, 2018

    Hey Bart,

    Come out here to SOCAL where the temps are in the 70’s and 80’s.in the winter season.




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  5. Seeker1952  January 3, 2018

    There’s a blurb from you about Reza Aslan’s new book, “God, A Human History,” both on Amazon and and on the book’s jacket. Is that part of a more extensive review and if so can you suggest where I might find it?




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    • Bart
      Bart  January 5, 2018

      No, I haven’t reviewed the book — just written a blurb.




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      • talmoore
        talmoore  January 7, 2018

        I must say, you’re review of Aslan’s book is surprisingly effusive.
        “Writing with all the verve and brilliance we have come to expect from his pen.”
        Aslan didn’t pay you to write that, did he?




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        • Bart
          Bart  January 8, 2018

          Now that you mention it, I should have asked. But yes, his writing in se is excellent.




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  6. MikeInMSP  January 3, 2018

    Are you planning MSP in the near future?




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  7. Hume  January 3, 2018

    Bart your Canadian fans are desperate for an event! What we lack in dollar value we make up for in niceties.




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  8. RonaldTaska  January 4, 2018

    Trump could never accuse you of having “low energy.”




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  9. bknight  January 4, 2018

    Bart: I live in the Atlanta area, and would like to attend your Feb. 21 debate with Mike Licona at Kennesaw State Universtity. Do you have contact information for where I can get tickets? Thanks.
    Bernie Knight




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  10. Jana  January 5, 2018

    Happy New Year Dr. Ehrman!!! May it continue to be healthy and joyful. I deeply appreciate being a member of your web site too. Eagerly I await the publication of the Triumph of Christianity.




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  11. sgrundy22  January 5, 2018

    Come west Dr. Ehrman: Denver.




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  12. dragonfly  January 5, 2018

    Where does Licona sit on a scale from “the gospels are inerrant” to “the basic outline of the gospels are kind of on the right track”?




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    • Bart
      Bart  January 7, 2018

      Great question. I”m not sure if he would use the term inerrancy or not. But he would be pretty *close* to it if not there already.




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  13. brandon284  January 18, 2018

    Fantastic another debate with Licona! I assume this will be recorded and uploaded online? I absolutely need to see this. Fantastic topic.




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