On September 15, 2016, Mike Licona debated atheist philosophy professor Matthew McCormick at Sacramento State University. The question debated was “Does the historical evidence justify belief that Jesus rose from the dead?”
“Jesus: Resurrected or Rescued?” was a debate between Dr. Mike Licona and Dr. Shabir Ally at the University of Tennessee (Chattanooga) on April 1, 2016.
Training in rhetoric was part of the educational process for aspiring authors in antiquity. That process included work using compositional textbooks, also referred to as rhetorical handbooks. Exercises in these trained the student to alter texts in the interest of paraphrasing. Not surprisingly, when reading ancient texts, including the Gospels, we observe their authors altering their source texts as trained. This practice resulted in differences in the way a story was reported. The differences are minor but of interest.
This 2-on-2 debate between Spangenberg/Wolmarans & Craig/Licona occurred in 2010 in front of 1,000-1,500 attendees at the University of Pretoria.