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Is the New Testament Reliable?

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Published on Jun 12, 2012

Dr. Bart Ehrman debated Craig Evans on March 31, 2010 over the reliability of the New Testament. Here are a few select excerpts from the debate containing information that every Christian should know about their bible. Some facts about the New Testament:

All 4 canonical gospels are written by anonymous Greek-speaking Christians living 40-75 years after the death of Jesus, not by eye-witnesses: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authorsh...
http://unveiling-christianity.org/200...
http://www.rationalresponders.com/the...
http://www.twopaths.com/jintro.htm

We have no original copies of any book in the New Testament, and most of the copies we have come from many centuries after the originals were lost: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical...

The new testament contains many contradictions: http://www.errancy.com/ratings/overal...
http://www.infidels.org/library/moder...

and historical errors: http://www.answering-christianity.com...

The new testament may contain as many as 11 forgeries, letters that were written in the name of someone other than the person who actually wrote them (The term "pseudepigraphy" is often used instead of "forgery", but the meaning is identical):
http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/02/0...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authorsh...
http://www.amazon.com/Forged-Writing-...

Here is an excellent lecture where Ehrman discusses some of the scribal alterations and additions that were made to the New Testament as it was copied and recopied over the centuries: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mpHpL...

Some problems with the resurrection accounts of Jesus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCdJT8...

Biblical Criticism: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical...

The full Ehrman vs. Evans debate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2BNwZ...

Bart Ehrman's books:
http://www.amazon.com/Bart-D.-Ehrman/...

Thanks to Fibbs1701 for helping edit these clips together. He has many excellent religion-related videos on his channel. Please check them out and consider subscribing! http://www.youtube.com/user/Fibbs1701

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