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Scott Cluthe interviews former ordained minister of the United Methodist Church Ernie Bringas. His new book is titled Jeasusgate: A History of Concealment Unraveled.
As the book states: " This is not a religious book; it is a book about religion. Specifically, this work seeks to assess the Jesusgate phenomenon. The term Jesusgate, used herein, indicates that Christian leaders, by acts of commission and omission, have seriously neglected their responsibility to share with the laity vital information about the origins of Christianity and the Jesus tradition. As a result, an incredible knowledge gap has ensued between what scholars of religion now know, as opposed to what lay people have been led to believe (be they parishioners in the pew, or the person on the street). "
Author Ernie Bringas explores how this information gap developed, and then proceeds to share the numerous findings from biblical scholarship that the Jesusgate phenomenon has blocked from the unsuspecting public.
If we unknowingly perceived religion with an antiquated mind-set—and nearly everyone does—wouldn’t we want to know about it? Ignorance of our religious obsolescence has created consequences for our society that are far reaching. It has disrupted the quality of life on all levels, be they personal, political, scientific, or otherwise. In Jesusgate, the problem sees the light of day, and is explained in words that are powerful, understandable, and enlightening.
Ernie Bringas has a Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, and was ordained as a minister of the United Methodist Church. He is presently an adjunct faculty member teaching Religious Studies at Glendale Community College in Arizona and, under their auspice, previously taught at Arizona State University.
Ernie Bringas is an ordained Methodist minister and Religious Studies academic. Ernie is the author of "Jesusgate, a History of Concealment Unraveled," a scholarly yet lively overview of the origins of Christianity and the New Testament. He talks about the wide information gap between what scholars and ministers know about the history and politics behind the canonization of the bible, and what they tell their parishioners.
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