But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Mike Licona - Apologetic Report
Friday, 01 December 2017 03:44

Sermon on the Mount

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On October 26, 2017, Mike Licona was asked to recite Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount at a location not far from the traditional sight where Jesus is believed to have delivered it 2,000 years ago.

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Friday, 01 December 2017 03:17

Did Jesus’s prophecy to return fail?

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Jesus promised His disciples that He would return before some of them died. But it’s 2,000 years later and He has yet to show up. Was Jesus wrong? In this video, Dr. Licona looks at three options.

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Friday, 01 December 2017 03:11

Was Jesus’s Resurrection a Metaphor?

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Some recent scholars have claimed that the early Christians used the term “resurrection” for Jesus only as a metaphor that meant God had exalted Jesus in heaven or that Jesus remains alive in his teachings. In this video, Dr. Licona shows why such claims are mistaken and quite easily...

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In this video, Dr. Licona debunks the hallucination hypothesis.

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Friday, 01 December 2017 02:53

Was Jesus’s Tomb Empty?

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In this short video, Dr. Licona provides some evidences that Jesus’s tomb was empty.

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In this 5-part series, Dr. Licona provides reasons why modern scholars are virtually unanimous in their rejection of the view that the early Christians borrowed the idea of resurrection from pagan myths and applied it to Jesus.

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Christian apologist Jonathan McLatchie recently sparked some controversy when on Facebook he posted a thread saying, “Modern Biblical scholarship is in dire need of a reformation. Case in point [McLatchie provides a link to a video conversation between agnostic New Testament scholar Bart...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 05:26

Are There Contradictions in the Gospels?

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Do Gospel differences discredit the accounts? In this video, Dr. Licona provides several reasons for thinking they do not.

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 05:23

Why Are There Differences in the Gospels?

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Ancient biography differs in some ways from its modern cousin. But how? In this video, Mike Licona examines the ancient biographer Plutarch and discerns a number of compositional devices he employed that resulted in differences between his own accounts. Mike then examines the Gospels and concludes...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 05:19

How the New Testament Canon was Formed

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The canon of Scripture refers to a standard or rule used to determine which books belong in the biblical corpus. In this short lecture Dr. Licona provides answers to the questions we’ve all thought at some time or another: Did Constantine decide which books belong in the Bible? Why is it that...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 05:15

Did Jesus Think He Was God?

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Most scholars agree that the Gospel of John portrays Jesus claiming to be God’s uniquely divine Son and that the apostle Paul made similar claims. However, there is no agreement among scholars that Jesus actually claimed to be divine. In this lecture, Mike Licona provides a simple yet...

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Caleb Lindgren of Christianity Todayinterviewed Mike Licona on his book Why Are There Differences in the Gospels? This article appeared in the May 2017 printed issue as well as on the CTweb site.

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On November 15, 2016, there was a panel discussion on Mike Licona’s new book Why Are There Differences in the Gospels?(New York: OUP, 2017). The panelists were Mark Strauss, Darrell Bock, Craig Blomberg, and Mike Licona. Tyler McNabb served as moderator. Strauss, Bock, and Blomberg read...

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On June 17, 2017 Mike Licona appeared on the very popular podcast in the UK Unbelievable? With Justin Brierelyand with special guest Richard Burridge. Burridge’s book What Are The Gospels? A Comparison with Graeco-Roman Biography(Eerdmans) is largely responsible for convincing the majority...

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Friday, 16 June 2017 03:12

The Case for the Resurrection Part 1

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Michael Patton (Credo House) and Mike Licona discuss the resurrection of Jesus (Part 1 of 5)

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 01:17

Hebrews 5:7

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Ahmed Deedat claimed that Hebrews 5:7 teaches that God heard Jesus’s prayer and spared him from death on the cross. In this video, Dr. Licona reveals Deedat’s careless treatment of the text that led to his mistaken interpretation.

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 03:32

Sign of Jonah

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Muslim apologists such as Ahmed Deedat, Shabir Ally, Zakir Naik, and Yusaf Ismail often appeal to the Sign of Jonah in the Gospels as evidence that Jesus did not die. In this video, Dr. Licona explains some of the responses of Muslim apologists and answers them.

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Monday, 12 June 2017 03:09

Islamic Catch 22: Muslim Apologists Answer

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The Islamic Catch-22 is a devastating argument against the truth of Islam. In this video, Dr. Licona explains some of the responses of Muslim apologists and answers them.

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 08:41

Crucifixion or Cruci-fiction

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The Quran teaches that Jesus did not die in the first century but God made it appear that he did. Muslim apologists, therefore, claim that the Gospel accounts of Jesus’s death are cruci-fiction. However, history proves otherwise as Dr. Licona shows in this video.

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 05:42

Should You Believe the Gospel of Barnabas?

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Muslims often appeal to the Gospel of Barnabas, claiming it’s the most accurate of all the Gospels. Although leading Muslim apologists such as Ahmed Deedat and Zakir Naik do not promote the Gospel of Barnabas, they will not deny its authenticity. In this video, Dr. Licona provides several...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017 00:36

Muslim Becomes Christian

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While lecturing in Calgary in 2017, a former Muslim told Mike his debates with Muslims was one of the factors that led him to leave Islam and follow Jesus.

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 03:23

Mike Licona and Larry Shapiro Debate

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Resurrected or Reimagined? Did Jesus Rise From the Dead? (February 2017), Ohio State University

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Friday, 10 March 2017 04:43

The Historical Reliability of the Gospels

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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.

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Craffert, Peter (May 2010), Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? University of Johannesburg

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