Discover the Bible's Perspective on When Life Begins!

Don't miss this thought-provoking two-lecture course where Dr. Bart Ehrman uncovers the biblical perspective on one of the most contentious topics in modern times!
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"WHEN DOES LIFE BEGIN? The Status of the Unborn in the Biblical Tradition"

Course Overview

Are you curious about what the Bible actually says about when life begins? 

Uncovering Biblical Insights

In this illuminating two-lecture course, we delve into the fundamental question: When does life begin? Is it at conception, during gestation, viability, or at birth? What does the bible actually say about one of the most contentious topics in modern times?

Contrary to common assumptions, the Bible's stance on this topic may surprise you. Led by esteemed biblical scholar Dr. Bart Ehrman, this course confronts these complex questions head-on, dissecting the biblical perspectives on the unborn fetus. We will examine both sides of the debate, analyzing passages that advocate for the humanity of the embryo or fetus, potentially framing intentional termination as murder, alongside passages that may suggest otherwise.

Fact-based Exploration

This course is NOT about taking sides in the abortion debate. 

Instead, it's a factual exploration of the biblical texts, free from personal bias or agenda. Dr. Ehrman delves into the historical and cultural context surrounding these scriptures, providing a comprehensive understanding of their implications.

What You'll Learn

  • Gain insights into key biblical passages related to the status of the unborn fetus
  • Understand the complexities of interpreting ancient texts in the context of modern debates
  • Challenge common misconceptions about the Bible's stance on the status of the unborn fetus
  • Enhance your understanding of the intersection between religion, science, and ethics

Key Questions Covered

  • Was abortion known to the ancient world?
  • Do the biblical authors ever discuss it?
  • Does Jesus address abortion, or say anything of relevance to it?
  • Are there any passages in the Old or New Testament indicating that biblical authors assumed or implied that life commences at conception or during gestation before birth? 
  • Is there a single view in the Bible, or a variety of perspectives?
  • How might knowing the biblical view affect the modern debate?

Who Will Benefit

This mini-course is perfect for anyone interested in biblical studies, ethics, or gaining deeper insights into what the bible actually says about the beginning of life. Whether you're a student of theology, a religious leader, or simply curious about this topic, you'll find value in this insightful exploration.

About Your Instructor

Bart D. Ehrman is a professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina. He has written or edited thirty-four books, including six New York Times bestsellers: How Jesus Became God, Misquoting Jesus, Jesus Interrupted, and Forged.

Bart's work has been featured in The New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, Time, and Newsweek; he has appeared on National Geographic, CNN, the BBC, NBC's Dateline, the Discovery Channel, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Sam Harris Podcast, and many other top media outlets.

Special Bundled Price $24.95

Typically, one of Bart's in-person lectures is priced at $90. This 2-lecture online course is regularly priced at $29.90. However, you can take advantage of our special bundled offer for the 'When Does Life Begin' course, including a Q&A session and lifetime access, for just $24.95.


Registration Includes Lifetime Access to this Online Course complete with:

  • Two 50-minute lectures by Dr. Bart Ehrman
  • 30-minute Q&A Session
  • Lesson overviews and questions for reflection
  • Additional reading list to dive deeper
  • Audio downloads for listening on the go

($59.95 Value)

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  • Is this a LIVE course?
    This 2-lecture mini-course was recorded live on June 2nd, 2024. If you purchase this course after June 2nd, you will enjoy lifetime access to the recorded event. You will also receive advanced notifications of new live lectures and online courses.
  • What is the Special Bundled Price?
    The regular retail price for 1 individual lesson with Bart Ehrman would normally be $14.95. With the special bundled course price you can enjoy lifetime access to this 2-lecture mini-course and Q & A session for $24.95.
  • Are any other discounts available?
    Yes, if you have attended one of Dr. Ehrman's other events, such as the "Did Jesus Call Himself God?" or "Did the Christmas Story Really Happen?" webinars, you should have received an additional discount code during the webinar or via email.
  • Do you offer a money-back guarantee?
    Absolutely! If you don't love the seminar, send us an email and we will refund 100% of your investment. You will have 30 days from the date of the seminar.