“This is one of those books that either leave a reader infuriated, enlightened, or convinced faith is a leap into insanity. Erhman's intention is clear, he is not trying to lessen the significance of Christianity, but rather expose an injustice where man has stained the origins of the religion, just like all others have been.
What Erhman does with every issue he discusses is provide references for the reader to examine, allowing the interaction between author and reader to become more intimate. His passionate voice for the love of the idea of faith, his passion for life, is evident in his words, making his revelations even more impactful on the reader.
I will not dispute any of his discoveries, they speak for themselves. One really cannot attack Ehrman, as he is only the messenger. He is only bringing to light what has always been there, making sense of information from history that has been forgotten or changed for whatever reason. There is a shift happening in every major religion today. Extremism is ripe amongst all groups of faith, the peaceful devoted are now having to defend their faith against ignorance and bigotry by those who use a belief to justify their injustice against others. With every misconception, each one of us refusing to truly understand the origins of our faith is at risk for joining the rising numbers of extremists.
For me, Ehrman’s research is a benefit to combat what society is facing right now. There are too many who are using their chosen religion as a cover to commit crimes, spread hate, segregate communities, and finally to control the lives of others. No religion is without fault, even my own of Judaism. The Torah holds many stories that are complete fables that Christians take as historical fact. In my opinion, the origin of nearly every faith has been lost in our modern world. The books of our religions have not been without tampering over the centuries. What was written for the time of the birth of each religion has been lost to man’s own hand, the laws misspoken to support an agenda, and history reinvented over endlessly. It is important to remember that a religion is meant to be a structure of how we live our own lives, not to demand how another lives their own.
I hope voices like Ehrman’s continue to be outspoken, encouraging more to dig deeper into the history and origins of our beliefs, to enlighten the standards of how we live our lives. To deny there is nothing to learn, that a religion is infallible, dangerously nurtures ignorance and blinds humanity. With blind ignorance comes hate, and everywhere in the world there is a scar from an act of hatred.