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If you're on the fence about whether or not to purchase one of Mr. Ehrman's books, start here.
The particular focus of the interview is Mr. Ehrman's new book "God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question - Why We Suffer." However, I would recommend this interview to anyone curious about Mr. Ehrman's work in general. Listeners on either side of the proposition will appreciate Mr. Ehrman's respectful, scholarly, matter of fact, and even tone; all should benefit from the discussion.
Mr. Ehrman first provides a brief personal background. He was a born again Christian (a 'fundamentalist Evangelical') who went to a fundamentalist bible college, then to Evangelical college to complete his college education, and finally to Princeton theological seminary where he was trained as a minister. He is now a distinguished professor of Religious Studies at UNC Chapel Hill.
Over time, his beliefs became more liberal and he began to question many of the standard theological explanations for suffering. During the interview, he discusses many of the standard explanations for suffering (e.g. free will) and explains to what extent these explanations are satisfactory (e.g. bad acts) and where they start to break down (e.g. natural disasters, disease).
He then discusses the problems with other theological explanations for suffering e.g. that it's all a part of God's unknowable plan; suffering is punishment (Old Testament); suffering is redemptive (Old and New Testament); suffering is a test of faith (Job and the inconsistencies in the story/texts are discussed), and so on.
[P.S. I found the interview compelling and interesting enough to purchase the book]
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OK, maybe not inerrant, But he is certainly one of the leading authorities on The subject of Christianity.
He also has a soft and easy speaking delivery that makes it very easy to listen to him speak.