1/6/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. John Byron, Ashland Theological Seminary professor of New Testament, will give a lecture titled “Corruption, Conspiracy and Confusion: Can we trust the New Testament?” on Jan. 28 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Smetzer Auditorium inside the Gerber Academic Building on the Ashland Theological Seminary campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.
“Over the years various arguments have been mounted against the trustworthiness of the New Testament,” Dr. Byron said. “Scholars have noted the fragmentary nature of the earliest copies of the New Testament and concluded the evidence is too corrupt to be trusted. Conspiracy theorists, influenced by popular books and movies, claim the Emperor Constantine and church councils decided what books should be in the Bible while suppressing others. And some, observing the multiplicity of available translations, have suggested there is too much confusion and disagreement over what the Bible really says.”
In this lecture, Dr. Byron will demonstrate why the New Testament is reliable. He will explain how scholars reconstruct the New Testament from thousands of pieces of evidence, how the New Testament books came to be canonized and why modern translations are a reflection of longstanding Christian heritage, rather than a source of confusion. He will conclude with some thoughts on the nature of the Bible, inspiration and the role scripture plays in informing our faith.
The evening lecture will be followed by a light reception. Those with questions about the event can contact Amy Burns at 419.289.5462.
Ashland Theological Seminary is a graduate division of Ashland University. With campuses in Ashland, Detroit, Cleveland and Columbus, Ashland Theological Seminary integrates theological education with Christ-centered transformation as it equips men and women for ministry in the church and the world.