Ehrman repeats several times throughout the book that he doesn't view higher criticism as a path that leads inexorably down the road to a loss of faith (I'm not sure I really agree with him, but that's another post for another time) and that contradictions and whatnot in the Bible are not what led him to lose his own faith. He even devotes the final chapter of the book to this discussion, under the title "Is Faith Possible?", to which he answers, ultimately, "yes". To quote Dr. Ehrman, "I decidedly do not think that historical criticism necessarily leads to a loss of faith."
Why then am I seeing Amazon reviews that look like this:
A pot pourri of anti-Christian non-sequiturs, arguments from outrage and warmed over Dawkins-isms.... "Contradictions" are thus created ex-nihilo by Ehrman's hostile worldview and by nothing else.and
And there is something increasingly disengenous about Ehrman's claim in the last chapter that he is not trying to destroy anyones beliefs...while that is obviously his agenda from the first page.Could it be that, just maybe, some folks aren't bothering to read the book before they review it? Shouldn't it be, you know, the other way around?