Mama always used to say that if you tell a lie, you’ll have to tell another lie to cover that one up. Then another, and another, and so on. Soon you’ll be trapped in a web of lies and, worse, living a life of lies.

There is another maxim to consider: when accusing someone of telling lies, be sure you’re not telling bigger lies in the process. Someone may come along and point out how big a lie you’ve told in order to demean someone else’s reputation. Beware, for, as Solomon put it, “The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him” (Prov. 18:17).

I say these things as a preface to comments on a pot-boiler article by Dr. Bart Ehrman posted at Huffington Post aiming to advertise his latest hit-and-run on the integrity of the Bible. The post is moderately entitled, “Who Wrote the Bible and Why It Matters,” but the content is nowhere near as innocuous or contemplative as that title may suggest. Here is a sampling:

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