Praxis Circle Contributor Bart Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A magna cum laude graduate of Wheaton College (1978), he earned both his M.Div. (1981) and his Ph.D. (1985), again magna cum laude, at Princeton Seminary. Dr. Ehrman is an expert on the New Testament and the history of Early Christianity. Praxis Circle interviewed Bart Ehrman because of his global reputation as a scholar of Christianity, having followed him closely since first publishing.
Dr. Ehrman began his teaching career at Rutgers University in 1984 and joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina in 1988 where he teaches today. There he has served as Director of Graduate Studies and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. Additionally, he has been an Adjunct Professor at Duke University since 2000.
The author of over thirty books, Dr. Ehrman has written five New York Times bestsellers: Misquoting Jesus, God’s Problem, Jesus Interrupted, Forged, and How Jesus Became God. His most recent book, Journeys to Heaven and Hell, was published in 2022. He has also written numerous scholarly articles, book reviews, textbooks, and trade books. He has held over six editorial positions.
Dr. Ehrman has been featured on national television (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN, BBC, and the History Channel, among others); in national publications (The New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, for example), and on radio (Talk of the Nation, Fresh Air). He also has taught over six series of courses for The Teaching Company.
Dr. Ehrman is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the University of North Carolina Undergraduate Student Teaching Award, the Pope Spirit of Inquiry Teaching Award, and the Religious Liberty Award from the American Humanist Association, to name a few.