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
“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.
This is a 4-part dialogue between Bart Ehrman and Mike Licona on the question “Are the Gospels historically reliable sources on Jesus?”
Read Here This issue of Southeastern Theological Review features an introduction by Robert Stewart and Heath Thomas, assessments of Licona’s book by Gary Habermas, Timothy McGrew, and Behan McCullagh, Licona’s reply to Habermas, McGrew, and McCullagh, and A Roundtable Discussion on Licona’s interpretation of Matthew 27:52-53.
“An Assessment of the Present State of Historical Jesus Research” is a popular level summary in a chapter included in a book by Sean McDowell, A New Kind of Apologist (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2016), Used by Permission Michael Licona A few years ago, I boarded a plane for a very long flight. I had… Read More
The movie “Risen” that many of us have anticipated is now showing in theaters. I just watched it with my wife, daughter, and son-in-law. I’m not going to spoil the movie for others by getting into many details. In fact, aside from the fictitious main character—a Roman Tribune—and some expected dramatic license, there were very… Read More