Stephen, Bart Ehrman and the Bible

We’re starting the trek across the Stephen-less desert of the 4th of July break. I’m going through my bookmarks, so let me put this interview up here before I move it to the Past Episodes page. For someone who claims to be a “high-status idiot,” Stephen holds his own here just fine.

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‘God invented us and we invented God back.’

Leon Botstein, president of Bard College, offered the opportunity for yet another discussion of God’s existence and Stephen’s uncanny ability to mix the automatic fundamentalist response of his character, a more subtle reflection of his own just beneath the surface:

God invented us, we invented God back, we just paid the favor back. He’s eternally existing whether or not we believe in him. We created our knowledge of him, we created our acceptance of him, but God was there outside of time whether or not we believe in him.

Mr. Botstein proved to be a good humored and intelligent sparring partner for Stephen.

‘God invented us and we invented God back.’

Leon Botstein, president of Bard College, offered the opportunity for yet another discussion of God’s existence and Stephen’s uncanny ability to mix the automatic fundamentalist response of his character, a more subtle reflection of his own just beneath the surface:

God invented us, we invented God back, we just paid the favor back. He’s eternally existing whether or not we believe in him. We created our knowledge of him, we created our acceptance of him, but God was there outside of time whether or not we believe in him.

Mr. Botstein proved to be a good humored and intelligent sparring partner for Stephen.