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May 3, 2014

Whoohoo! It's taken nearly seven years, but we finally crossed the 200 mark.

For this special episode, we interview biblical scholar Bart D. Ehrman, whose latest book is How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee (available in hardcover, in audio, and for Kindle). For more about Bart and his work visit bartdehrman.com.

Plus:

We discuss Damon Linker's puzzling essay "Why atheism doesn't have the upper hand over religion," which asserts that atheism is incapable of explaining altruism in human beings. Huh.

John recommends Jennifer Michael Hecht's Doubt: A History (available in paperback, in audio and for Kindle), an interesting look at how questioning minds have overturned orthodoxy and challenged the reigning paradigms, from ancient Greece and China to the 21st century.