CNN has an article about a recent atheist conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. Much of it focuses on the difficulties of being an atheist in the Bible belt, but there’s one section in it that jumped out at me. I’m afraid I have to disagree with Bart Ehrman on this one:
Bart Ehrman doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who backs down from a fight.
The University of North Carolina scholar often seeks them out, regularly debating the Bible and early Christianity with evangelicals and other experts.
But Ehrman told the atheists gathered in Raleigh not to bother arguing with fundamentalists.
“You can’t convince a fundamentalist that he or she is wrong,” he said. Their theology is a closed system, according to Ehrman, and their social bonds with fellow fundamentalists are too tightly knit to admit any wiggle room.
“You can point to any contradiction in the Bible and it just doesn’t matter. They will either find some way to reconcile it or say that even if they don’t understand it, God does.”