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Debate: Dinesh D’Souza Vs. Bart Ehrman On Theodicy, God and Suffering

November 5, 2010

Debbie Drost
Office of College Communications

WENHAM, MA—American education has long held at its heart a range of perspectives on cultural issues. In keeping with such tradition, Gordon College will host a debate between two prominent intellectuals with diverse opinions on theodicy, suffering and Christianity.

On Thursday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m., Dinesh D’Souza, former White House domestic policy analyst and recently appointed president of Kings College, will debate Bart Ehrman, James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The debate—which is sponsored by the Center for Christian Studies—will take place in the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel (255 Grapevine Road, exit 17 from Route 128) and is free and open to the public.

Named by the New York Times Magazine as one of America’s most influential conservative thinkers, D’Souza is a former policy analyst in the Reagan White House and served as John M. Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Newsweek listed him as one of the country’s most prominent Asian Americans.

A graduate of Wheaton College (Illinois), Ehrman received his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary and has published extensively in the fields of New Testament and Early Christianity. Among his fields of scholarship are the historical Jesus, the early Christian apocrypha, and the manuscript tradition of the New Testament. He is the recipient of the 2009 J. W. Pope “Spirit of Inquiry” Teaching Award.

“This is a good opportunity to hear two nationally-recognized thinkers tackle some difficult issues,” said Dan Russ, academic dean at Gordon and director of the Center for Christian Studies. “Both of their perspectives will no doubt raise interesting questions and foster healthy discussions among our community.”

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Gordon College is a multidenominational Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences on Boston’s North Shore, offering majors in 36 fields with graduate programs in education and music education. Gordon is nationally recognized for excellence in academics and in character building, and ranks as one of the nation’s top Christian colleges. www.gordon.edu


Dinesh Dsouza
Bart Ehrman