I have been reading another of Bart Ehrman's books, "The Lost Gospel of Judas" lately. I am very impressed with Ehrman as an historian. I have read nearly all of his books. The most interesting one to me was ""The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture". This book told about all the many varieties of theologies and what later became scripture during and after the second century and on. I was fascinated reading it. There certainly was no "orthodox" theology at that time and no set scripture. Everyone who copied what would later become scripture added or deleted theology that did not agree with theirs. Ehrman reads five ancient languages and compares the theology found in various ancient documents.
I would like to have had Ehrman at our scripture symposium last spring. Don wanted to ask Stephen Patterson though so we did. Frankly, I was disappointed in Patterson. He didn't talk about anything we didn't already know.
Ehrman, on the other hand, is a leading historian of the early church and would have brought a lot of new information.
I have also heard that Ehrman is a 'recovering fundamentalist' and has lost his faith in Christianity, which shows the dangers of fundamentalism in all philosophies and religions. Ehrman, like others, can't seem to understand that just because Christian history and thought is not set in stone that it doesn't mean everything has to fit just right. He seems to be unable to think 'outside the box' of fundamentalism.
I wonder if Ehrman is comfortable in his spiritual journey where he is now. I also wonder if it bothers him that what he has learned about Christian origins that shattered his faith is what keeps people like me 'in the Christian fold.'
I have his DVDs on "The Historical Jesus". I know his story since I have read most of his books.
It would be easy, given his specialty, to lose faith in the Christian churches. After all, they are all a part of the corruption of not only scripture but also the church itself. If you read Rita Nakashima's "Saving Paradise" you will see what I mean.