Welcome to The Not Old Better Show, I’m Paul Vogelzang and this is episode #435. It’s great to be back with you all, and thanks for all the warm wishes of health and advice about social distancing. We are in a new world, paradigm and set of circumstances, and everyone listening is aware of the current health emergency gripping our country and our world.
We’re back with another great segment today, and as part of our Smithsonian Associates author interview series, we are joined today by author, historian, Christianity scholar, and expert on Jesus Christ and the New Testament, Dr. Bart Ehrman. Dr. Bart Ehrman will be appearing at the Smithsonian Associates program, September 12, 2020, and the title of his presentation is Heaven and Hell: Perspectives on the Afterlife
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According to the most recent Pew Research Center poll, 72% of all Americans believe in literal heaven as a place of eternal blessing for departed souls, and 58% believe in a literal hell and its eternal torments. But even though Christians have held these ideas for centuries, they are not found anywhere in the Old Testament or even in the teachings of the historical Jesus. So where did they come from? Were they simply invented? And, what about Eleanor Shellstrop, the wonderful character from the hit TV show, The Good Place, who desperately works to avoid the afterlife she deserves, and its eternal torments. Let’s listen as Dr. Bart Ehrman reads from his new book, Heaven And Hell, A History of the Afterlife about the afterlife and more.
Please join me in welcoming back to The Not Old Better Show, Dr. Bart Ehrman, who will be appearing at the Smithsonian Associates program, Sept. 12, 2020, and the title of his presentation is Heaven and Hell: Perspectives on the Afterlife
My thanks to Dr. Bart Ehrman, who’ll be presenting at the Smithsonian Associates program Sept 12, 2020, and the title of his presentation is Heaven and Hell: Perspectives on the Afterlife. My thanks to the Smithsonian team for all they do to support the show. Remember, stay safe everyone, practice smart social distancing, and Talk About Better. The Not Old Better Show. Thanks, everybody.
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