How Bart Ehrman thinks atheists make themselves look foolish
I saw this video by Bart Ehrman speaking at an atheist convention responding to the question, “I can’t see any evidence in archaeology or history for an historical Jesus”:
It is devastating critique of the Jesus mythicist position.
“There is so much evidence that….this is not even an issue for scholars of antiquity”
“There is no scholar in any college or university in the western world who teaches Classics, Ancient History, New Testament, early Christianity, any related field who doubts that Jesus existed”
Ehrman recocognises that “that is not evidence…but if you want to know about the theory of evolution vs the theory of creationism and every scholar in every reputable institution in the world believes in evolution. It may not be evidence, but if you have a different opinion you’d better have a pretty good piece of evidence yourself.”
This is very similar to the position Matt Dillahunty takes – which I’ve outlined here.
The key piece of evidence for Jesus’ existence?
“The reason for thinking Jesus existed is because he is abundantly attested in early sources”
“Early and independent sources certainly indicate that Jesus existed”
“One author we know about knew Jesus’ brother”
“I’m sorry, I respect your disbelief, but if you want to go where the evidence goes…I think that atheists have done themselves a disservice by jumping on the bandwagon of mythicism, because frankly, it makes you look foolish to the outside world”