Bart Ehrman is a smart guy, but he sometimes handles his sources in the most frustrating and misleading manner.
For example, in his book Did Jesus Exist? (where he is on the right side for once), he writes:
Several significant studies of literacy have appeared in recent years showing just how low literacy rates were in antiquity.
The most frequently cited study is by Columbia professor William Harris in a book titled Ancient Literacy (footnote 6).
By thoroughly examining all the surviving evidence, Harris draws the compelling though surprising conclusion that in the very best of times in the ancient world, only about 10 percent of the population could read at all and possibly copy out...READ MORE