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OUTSTANDING!!! - NYC ATHEISTS - Bart Ehrman's new book - “How Jesus became god"

             

We will listen to Terry Gross (NPR: Fresh Air) interview of Professor
Bart D. Ehrman - an American New Testament scholar, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill about his new book: “How Jesus Became god.”
   Followed by a NYCA panel and audience discussion.

New York Times bestselling author and Bible expert Bart Ehrman reveals how Jesus’s divinity became dogma in the first few centuries of the early church.


The claim at the heart of the Christian faith is that Jesus of Nazareth was, and is, god. But this is not what the original disciples believed during Jesus’s lifetime—and it is not what Jesus claimed about himself. How Jesus Became god tells the story of an idea that shaped Christianity, and of the evolution of a belief that looked very different in the fourth century than it did in the first.


A master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, Ehrman reveals how an apocalyptic prophet from the backwaters of rural Galilee crucified for crimes against the state came to be thought of as equal with the one god Almighty, Creator of all things. But how did he move from being a Jewish prophet to being god? In a book that took eight years to research and write, Ehrman sketches Jesus’s transformation from a human prophet to the Son of god exalted to divine status at his resurrection. Only when some of Jesus’s followers had visions of him after his death—alive again—did anyone come to think that he, the prophet from Galilee, had become god. And what they meant by that was not at all what people mean today.


LOCATION: SLC Conference Center– 15 West 39th St. - (3rd Floor)

 

COST: We ask for a donation of $10 to help cover the cost of room rental.


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  • Brian J

    I had an excellent time! :)

    April 25, 2014

  • Jane E.

    Bart Ehrman has been famous as an Atheist luminary as long as I can remember. Why haven't we celebrated him before? He tells it like it is.

    April 23, 2014

    • Jane E.

      Not enough difference to bother. It matters to American Atheists because Dave Silverman, AA's president, is trying to get the word "atheist" de-stigmatized. Otherwise, most people equate atheism and agnosticism. Altho', to be totally accurate, there is a slight difference.

      April 23, 2014

    • Brian J

      Right, there is a difference. And it would be great to see Bart Ehrman come out as an atheist. We must assert ourselves in society. :)

      April 25, 2014

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