“[Brown] sounded like someone who cares about you, Ehrman sounded like someone who wants to yell at you. … I don’t know, I’m disappointed and kind of shocked by it.”
— Atheist after The Great Debate between Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Bart Ehrman on April 15th, 2010 at Ohio State University on the topic Does the Bible Provide an Adequate Answer to the Problem of Suffering? Hear the rest of the interview via the video below:
Dr. Brown will be discussing last night’s debate with Bart Ehrman at Ohio State University today on The Line of Fire. Click here to listen live between 3-4 PM ET: http://lineoffireradio.askdrbrown.org/
You can join in the discussion either by calling in during that time at 866-348-7884, or via the comment discussion on the Line of Fire website.
In addition to the live webcast that will be available for the upcoming debate entitled The Great Debate: Does the Bible Provide an Adequate Answer to the Problem of Suffering? between Bart Ehrman and Michael L. Brown (register here to view the webcast), Voice of Revolution will be live-tweeting the event as well. To follow the debate via twitter, follow our twitter account here: http://twitter.com/v_o_r. We’ll be using #TheGreatDebate as the event hashtag as well, for those that want to weigh in on the debate.
Pray for God to be glorified, and for the truth to be propertly articulated. According to Michael Brown:
The goal for me is not to win a debate or to look good but to magnify the Lord and, by the Spirit of God, see many people drawn to Him. May God’s light and love and truth prevail! May Jesus be exalted!
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 www.TheGreatDebate.me 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 www.soundrezn.com 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 www.ses.edu
To book Dr. Alex McFarland for an interview or speaking engagement, contact Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies – 215-815-7716 / 610-584-1096 or DHamilton@HamiltonStrategies.com
Editor’s Note: The podcast of this debate is now available here.
According to Dr. Brown:
On Thursday (March 25), I will be joining Dr. James White on his Dividing Line broadcast from 1:00-2:30 PM, EST (internet only), as we continue our debate on Calvinism. (We plan to do one more show on the Dividing Line on April 1.) On Thursday’s show, I have been asked by Dr. White to discuss some of the key texts used by Calvinists to support their views, so this should be a fascinating learning experience for everyone involved. You can listen online HERE.
The format of the debate is described below, from Dr. White’s website:
For those interested, we will be covering three texts of Scripture on Thursday: John 6, Romans 8/9, and Ephesians 1. Each will have 8 minutes to provide their exegesis of the text; then we will have four minutes of cross-ex each, then three minute conclusions before moving on to the next text. I know, not a lot of time, but that still covers 90 full minutes (we will not be taking any breaks at all).
The following Thursday we will repeat the process, but this time covering Michael’s chosen texts, Luke 13:34-35 (Deut 5:28-29) Ezek 18:21-32 (Jer 3:19-20; Ezek 22:30-31) I John 2:1-2 (2 Pet 2:1).
Remember, to make room for Michael’s program (which cannot, like the DL, be moved around at will), we will be starting at 10am our time (1pm EDT).
The debate between Dr. Brown and Dr. Ehrman, entitled “Does the Bible Provide an Adequate Answer to the Problem of Suffering?”, will be at Ohio State University on April 15th and will be broadcast live over the web. Click here for more information. Ehrman is a leading New Testament critic and has written extensively on the subject, authoring “God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question—Why We Suffer.” Pray that the truth of the hope of the gospel would be proclaimed clearly to a generation that desperately needs it!
Dr. Brown recently gave a lecture at CharlotteOne on this topic entitled “God and the Problem of Suffering.” You can listen below, or download it by clicking here.
Dr Chauncey Crandall is a nationally renowned cardiologist who is not only a man of science, but also a man of faith. In this video, a patient who had no heartbeat for nearly an hour is raised from the dead when Dr. Crandall prays.