Category Archives: Intellectuals

PUBLIC INTELLECTUALS

Alan Jacobs posted his list of top five “public intellectuals.” 

Most influential public intellectuals?

Alan’s choices are good.  If we are going to take both the words seriously in “public intellectual,” there are others who are not out in public as much as they used to be (Chomsky) or have recently died (Eco).  My “on deck” list to complement Alan’s:

Paul Krugman

Thomas Friedman

David Brooks

Fareed Zacharia

Neil deGrasse Tyson

CHRIS MOORE

Our youngest son, Chris, is planning on a career of scholarship and teaching at the university level.  He has majors in classics and philosophy.  Here is a picture of him a few weeks back getting early admittance into Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Texas.

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IS JESUS GOD?

The man in the picture is biblical scholar and agnostic, Bart Ehrman.  His story of leaving the Christian faith is well-known.  His books are widely read and vigorously debated.
In my own correspondence with Ehrman I found him quite candid about doubt.  He admitted that how one chooses to look at the evidence for the Bible’s reliability greatly influences what conclusion one comes to.  For one scholar who came to a wholly different conclusion than Ehrman: