The year 2011 marked the 400th
anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible. It also was
the year Bart Ehrman published
Forged: Writing in the Name of God—Why the
Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are, the latest of
many books by Ehrman which seriously questions the traditional
Christian view of the inspiration of Scripture. On July 20, 2011,
the Quaker Avenue Church of Christ, in celebration of the former
and in response to the latter (along with many other works similar
to it), invited three scholars to participate in a conversation
about Scripture. Dr. Jeff Childers of Abilene Christian
University and Drs. Michael Martin and Kenneth Hawley of Lubbock
Christian University addressed several questions about the nature
of Scripture: How did the Bible as we know it today come to be?
How should believers respond to the current criticism of the Bible
such as those by Dr. Ehrman? Following some initial comments by
each, the three participated in a lively, unscripted conversation.
The result was an illuminating and inspiring evening as these
three brothers shared not only their own scholarly perspectives on
the Bible but even more the interactive role of Scripture and
community in the development of their personal faith. This book is
an edited transcript of the comments of that evening.
David Langford, Minister
Quaker Avenue Church of