For most of his academic career, Bart Ehrman has busied himself with attacking the beliefs of evangelical Christians. Having come out of an evangelical background, Ehrman seems bent on fixing what he sees as the major theological, historical and biblical problems in the evangelical world. I have reviewed some of his books, here, here, and here.
However, after the publication of his most recent book, Did Jesus Exist?, Ehrman has begun to experience something that I would imagine is entirely new to him—attacks from scholars on the left. Indeed, Ehrman is now the recipient of scholarly attacks from those more radical than himself. As Ehrman defends the historical existence of Jesus of Nazareth (see his recent post here ), he is being vigorously challenged by scholars who hold to Jesus as a mythical figure (see here).
While I am certainly pleased that Ehrman is defending the existence of the historical Jesus, it is a bit ironic to see him being attacked for holding a more conservative position.