Smith-Pettit Lecture

This session is sponsored by the Smith-Pettit Foundation, and is free and open to the public. To watch this session without registering for the symposium, go to at 7:00 pm Mountain Time. To enter a questions for the Q&A, you must be registered for the symposium, and submit your question through the Whova app.

A recent Pew Research poll showed that 72% of Americans believe in a literal heaven, 58% in a literal hell. Most people who hold these beliefs are Christian and assume they are the age-old teachings of the Bible. But eternal rewards and punishments are found nowhere in the Old Testament and are not what Jesus or his disciples taught.
Join Bart D. Erhman as he unfolds the history of post-mortality, drawing from his latest book, Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife. Then participate in a Q&A session with him afterward.
This lecture is sponsored by the Smith-Petit Foundation. It is free and open to the public.