I recently listened to a 2.5 hour-long debate between two scholars,
Richard Carrier and Mike Licona, which alerted me to the fact that
Jesus' Resurrection is regarded, at least to Christian apologists, to be
very central to the Christian faith (here's an unsatisfactory
review). I became far more impressed with Richard's performance than
- Mike was the only one who displayed some arrogance (a silly joke here
and a chuckle there, unsuccessfully forcing his opponent to use the
word delusion instead of hallucination, etc.).
- Richard was more convincing (and the knowledge he displayed of this
topic is mind-numbing).
- He was more clear with his arguments.
- He was seemingly more prepared (his opponent probably thought he was
going to be a walkover).
- Mike was a bit embarassing at times when mentioning The Passion of
Christ, especially the time when he was praising Jesus (I cringed a
bit there), and Richard, by the way, ignored references to that
Based on these points, I vote for Richard as the winner, with the
disclaimer that the latter part of the debate was getting too technical
for me to follow thoroughly.