Doser answered and his reply stands, but for any kind of addition that might help, I've also gone ahead and answered this post.Lon, if you were able to successfully pass the bar exam, or complete your course of study and residency to become a certified lawyer or doctor, practice many years, become a reputable expert in your field...then suddenly change religions....do you think you would be suddenly unqualified in your field?
There is an incorrect equivocation here that I'll point out in a moment BUT, yes, it is malpractice. Yes they lose their license. "IF" you respect the doctor's degree after that, it is okay, I guess, but the guy is no longer allowed to practice medicine.
In this case, the problem is 'Who' is giving credentials. As believing Christians, it is ALWAYS the Lord Jesus Christ that gives the credential. Read the Bible. It is as clear as day.
This isn't the same. It'd be like a doctor in the U.S. marrying a witchdoctor in Africa AND joining in that practice, in order for it to be closer to actuals. Hope that helps you grasp the problem. The most important thing for you to get, is that the Lord Jesus Christ gives credentials. The Bible is very clear what to do if those in the church leave the faith. Can you respect him for his college job and his grasp of languages? Yes. Can you respect his lack of ability to reason through Christian doctrine? :nono: You can try, but it is extremely important to recognize that just run of the mill language scholars like me, find him disreputable. Shoot, listen to the interview: Bart himself laughs at serious matters that are supposed to be his degree. Take your doctor analogy: If a doctor told you that you had cancer then started laughing at your 'options' that he didn't like, you'd 1) question his unorthodox practice given up instead and 2) wonder why no other doctor bought into his weird ideas. You don't, because you 'like' the alternative methodology, probably with a proclivity of already having those unorthodox views already (both medicine and theology by analogy).Like say.....let’s say you were a doctor who happened to be Jewish, but you wished to marry a woman who was Catholic, so you converted to her religion, should you be disqualified as a practicing doctor?
Having a similar degree? Incorrect. You are simply saying you like what is not orthodox when it comes to Christian considerations. Ehrman has nothing to teach me.Obviously, that is a rhetorical question because the answer is no. A persons professional qualifications are their own achievement, and it’s not based on religion. You don’t like what he has to say, you don’t share his beliefs, but you don’t have the right to consider him not expert in his field.
I said "...he thinks he's a scholar..." Bible certainly was implied because I immediately said he makes rookie mistakes that no bible scholar I know of 'could' make. Sorry, it is just this bad. He doesn't know his or anybody else's bible when he doesn't know what God requires. It is as sad as that. Did you listen to his interview?It seems you wish to avoid admitting that you were mistaken regarding the comments you made about him being a bible scholar.
:doh: If it is pride, it isn't 'false' pride, but pride in orthodox truth. Ehrman LOST that, even by his own admission. You want to look up to him? Go ahead. I'm not going to stop you. He's a witchdoctor when it comes to theology any longer. He's a best-seller. Among Christians? :nono: Not unless they want to rebut him and warn others away from him.Why? I’m not sure if it’s pride on your part, or the bias that would allow you to dismiss his work as misguided so as to not influence your own beliefs.
CAN you read Greek? If not, you've no stance other than depending who your guru is. You are stuck following a man. I know and have those variants.Doesn’t make any difference to me. I only support and stand behind my statements in this thread about factual, verifiable information pertaining to manuscript variation.
It doesn't add up. You are concerned entirely with Ehrman and naught but in this thread with me.Dr. Ehrmans personal beliefs are inconsequential to my understanding of truth. FWIW.