To the Leaders and Members of TU’s Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa:

I read with interest that TU’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is hosting Professor Bart Ehrman to speak at TU on “Misquoting Jesus: Scribes who Changed the Scriptures and Readers Who May Never Know.” A brief perusal of the list of books on Phi Beta Kappa’s website that are authored by Prof. Ehrman, namely

Forged: Why the Bible’s Authors are Not Who We Think They Are
Misquoting Jesus
Jesus Interrupted
How Jesus Became God
God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer our Most Important Question – Why We Suffer

left little doubt as to the nature of Prof. Ehrman’s talk. Which made me wonder: In the interest of academic integrity, when might we expect Phi Beta Kappa to host a comparable talk by a respected biblical scholar presenting the opposing viewpoint—the veracity of New Testament scripture? If I can be of any assistance identifying potential speakers—of which there are many—please, just let me know.
Prof. Ehrman’s talk presenting progressive views on Christian scripture put me in mind of a quote by C. S. Lewis:
“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”

Jerry McCoy
Applied Associate Professor
Physics & Engineering Physics
The University of Tulsa