Bart D. Ehrman is a popular author and theologian. He chairs the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His expertise is early Christian history, especially the collection, copying, and canonization of early texts. The term “canonization” implies that some texts were chosen but also that others were not, and Lost Christianities, The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew treats those that were rejected.
There is a scene in the movie “Ten Commandments” in which Charlton Heston as Moses watches as God’s heavenly finger scribes on stone tablets. Vestiges of this image persist in Christendom, expressed in adjectives applied to Biblical texts such as “inerrant”, “infallible”, and even the more moderate “inspired”. Even the canonical process of selecting certain texts and rejecting others is seen as guided by the Holy Spirit. Erhman seeks to debunk such notions, and his ideas are unsettling to many.