Press Release: Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Bart Ehrman Debate the Age-Old Problem of Suffering

April 8th, 2010 by

Editor’s Note: Press release concerning the upcoming debate on suffering between Dr. Brown and Dr. Bart Ehrman, from the Southern Evangelical Seminary


April 8, 2010


CONTACT: Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies – 215-815-7716 / 610-584-1096 or

Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Bart Ehrman Debate the

Age-Old Problem of Suffering

“The Great Debate” at Ohio State University co-sponsored by Ratio Christi, a ministry of Southern Evangelical Seminary

Free, live webcast of the debate at

CHARLOTTE, NC – Authors and scholars Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Bart Ehrman will debate the question “Does The Bible Provide An Adequate Answer to the Problem of Suffering?” on April 15, 2010, in the Great Meeting Room in the Ohio Union on the campus of The Ohio State University from 7-9:30 p.m.

The debate is being hosted by Ratio Christi, a ministry of Southern Evangelical Seminary, as well as CJF Ministries, Beth Messiah Congregation, Into the Field, Jewish Voice Ministries International, Messianic Literature Outreach, Messianic Studies Institute, Sha’arei Shalom, Shoresh OSU, The Gathering.

Dr. Alex McFarland, President of Southern Evangelical Seminary, states, “As we look around the world today, we see such evidence of suffering:  earthquakes in Haiti, famine in Africa, wars and ethnic cleansing, parents who lose a child to cancer.  In Christian apologetics, we look for rational, Biblical explanations, and we highly recommend this upcoming debate as these scholars examine this infinite topic.”

Ratio Christi (Latin for ‘The Reason of Christ’) is a non-profit ministry of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina , which seeks to place apologetics clubs at secular and liberal universities across the nation. These chapters have weekly meetings where students can wrestle with ideas relating to the intellectual credibility of Christianity.

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information visit or call 614 855-9501.  You can register for the free, live webcast of the debate at the website.

Michael L. Brown is an Old Testament scholar and Messianic Jewish Apologist who holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages from New York University . He is the author of twenty books, including a commentary on the book of Jeremiah and the highly-acclaimed five-volume series Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus. Brown serves as a visiting or adjunct professor at four leading seminaries, and his work has been featured in the Charlotte Observer , the Washington Post, and the Baltimore Sun. For more information , please visit his website.

Bart D. Ehrman is the author of more than twenty books, including two New York Times bestsellers: Misquoting Jesus and God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question – Why we Suffer. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill , and is a leading authority on the New Testament and the history of early Christianity. His work has been featured in Time, the New Yorker, the Washington Post , and other print and electronic media. For more, please visit his website.

Alex McFarland has been in full-time ministry since 1989 and is currently the president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in North Carolina . As a Christian apologist (one who explains and rationally defends faith), he has spent over two decades training teens and adults in biblical worldview reasoning.  A good portion of that time was spent working with Focus on the Family ministering to teens.  Through his Stand Weekends and National Conference on Apologetics , Dr. McFarland has assembled the world’s premiere Christian apologists with a goal of introducing new audiences to the truths of Christianity.  He is also the author of a brand new book series for teens:  Stand: Seeking the Way of God, Unleashing the Wisdom of God and Diving Into the Word of God, in addition to many other books and publications. His one-hour daily radio program, Sound Rēzn , is heard on over 130 radio stations on the American Family Radio network.  Visit for show information, guests, archives and more.

For more information about SES, student enrollment, or for the calendar of events and the schedule for next year’s National Conference on Christian Apologetics, go to


To book Dr. Alex McFarland for an interview or speaking engagement, contact Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies – 215-815-7716 / 610-584-1096 or

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