The Ehrman Blog-site
Yesterday, Bart Ehrman (a long-time acquaintance and fellow scholar) emailed to say that he has launched his own blog-site, which has an interesting and unusual spin to it (on which see below).
Ehrman, who has now achieved what I’m told was his aim of becoming a celebrity-scholar, has done so essentially by writing popular-level books that comfort and reassure sceptics, and annoy or even infuriate a lot of those Christians with little exposure to scholarship and a “pre-critical” understanding of Christianity and the Bible. He’s also often on the debate-circuit, given handsome sums to debate scholars and/or apologists critical of his (deliberately provocative) claims. (Indeed, one might wonder whether Bart would have got the media attention he has if it weren’t for all those whose responses actually have made him controversial, and so a celebrity! Bart’s done some recognized and respected scholarly work too, but, clearly, it’s saying naughty things that antagonize fundamentalists, such as he says he was once, that gets you a literary agent and media attention.
Anyway, his new blog site (very much a celebrity-type site) offers two levels of engagement. You can read postings, etc., of one level of information for free. But, if you want a “full” and deeper draught of Bart’s thoughts, you pay. But, and here’s the novel feature, Bart assures me that the income from this goes entirely to the charities he supports aimed at addressing hunger and deprivation.
So, whether you’re a devotee or aggrieved, you can pay your money and get as much of Bart’s thoughts as you want, secure in the knowledge that, whatever your take on him, your money is going to a good cause. Here’s the URL: