Bart Ehrman and Richard Dawkins: Who is the Most Dangerous?
By Stephen Bedard
When I think of popular critics of Christianity, I think the most well known are Bart Ehrman and Richard Dawkins. They are very different. Bart Ehrman is an agnostic New Testament scholar who was once an evangelical Christian. Richard Dawkins is an atheist evolutionary biologist who has had a long standing dislike for religion. What they have in common is that both are respected scholars in their fields, both have authored books critical of biblical Christianity and both have been influential in getting Christians to lose the faith. But who is more dangerous to the Christian faith?
Many of my apologetics colleagues would point to Dawkins. It depends on where one starts an apologetic conversation. If one begins with philosophical arguments for the existence of God, one would look to Dawkins (not that he is much of a philosopher). One of the reasons that people see Dawkins as a threat is that he knows how to use the media. He says outlandish things that get noticed. He clearly states that he wants to de-convert Christians (and other religious people). He is extremely evangelistic regarding atheism. He is obviously intelligent, at least in his own field, and some assume that he has authority to pronounce the nonexistence of God. The problem with Dawkins is that some people are turned off by his angry rants. Even some atheists have walked away from Dawkins with a bad taste in their mouth…
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