Jun 13, 2014

Signed by the Author

Bart Ehrman recounts an anecdote from a few years back from a class he taught as a new testament scholar and a professor at UNC Chapel HIll. On the first day of class, in a large lecture hall filled with mostly believers:

"How many of you here would agree to the proposition that the bible is the inspired word of god?"

Whooom - all of the hands in the room go up.

"How many of you here have read the da Vinci Code by Dan Brown?"

Whooom - almost all of the hands go up.

"How many of you have read the bible cover to cover?"

A few hands go up.

"I can understand why you might want to read a book by Dan Brown. But you're telling me that you think the creator of the universe wrote a book filled with instructions on how to live your life, complete with examples, and yet you haven't read it..."

If I were in his class, I would have countered, "yeah, but it wasn't his best work."

Frankly, I'd rather there was a disclaimer on the front: "All characters portrayed within this book are fictitious and any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental."

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