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Why Bart Ehrman Doesn’t Have to Ruin Your Christmas (Or Your Faith) Part 1

Why Bart Ehrman Doesn’t Have to Ruin Your Christmas (Or Your Faith) Part 1

This is the first of several videos Greg put together to refute Bart Ehrman’s claims published in the article What Do We Really Know About Jesus? Greg went to school with Bart and is very familiar with his line of thought. He’s also heard of many people who have lost their faith based on his writings. This will be very worth your time to listen to if you know of anyone who has been influenced by Bart’s teaching and point of view.

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