Are the Gospels historically reliable accounts of the life of Jesus? In this video, Mike Licona provides 5 criteria for assessing ancient historical literature for their reliability and focuses on one of them: The author or their source was capable of recalling the past accurately.
Craffert, Peter (May 2010), Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? University of Johannesburg
Pienaar, Abel (Sept. 2011), Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? University of Pretoria
2-on-2 Debate between Sakki Spangenbergi/Hansi Wolmarans vs William Lane Craig/Mike Licona
On 4 March 2017 at the “Be Ready” conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, a former Muslim from Iran told Mike that his debate videos were influential in his deciding to leave Islam and become a Christian. In this 2-minute video, Moustafa Mohsin shares his story.
On 25 February 2017, Mike Licona debated atheist Matt Dillahunty in Austin, TX on the question of Jesus’ resurrection.
Anyone who reads the Gospels carefully will notice that there are differences in the manner in which they report the same events. These differences have led many conservative Christians to resort to harmonization efforts that are often quite strained, sometimes to the point of absurdity. Many people have concluded the Gospels are hopelessly contradictory and… Read More
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?”
My article “What are the Primary Sources for Jesus’s Resurrection?” in The City, 9.1, 2016, 23-30. In the study of history, primary sources are the documents and artifacts closest to the matter being investigated. They are dated very close to the events they describe. In contrast, secondary sources use primary sources when writing about a… Read More
August 22, 2016; Revised August 23, 2016 My next book is scheduled for release this December: Why Are There Differences in the Gospels: What We Can Learn from Ancient Biography (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017—available December 1, 2016). This book is the culmination of seven and a half years of research that sought to… Read More