A most excellent debate. Well, Ehrman’s part of it, at least. Bart gives an excellent run down on exactly what historians look for what validating ancient sources.
Licona isn’t as annoying as most apologists, like W M Craig. He seems like a pretty nice guy. But he does put a lot of weight on strange things. For instance, he insists that a friend of his came out of a coma because of prayer. And, … that all the other comas patients in close proximity to him came out of their comas at exactly the same time. So, evidently, prayer healings are closer to a shot gun blast than a sniper rifle. He also says that he didn’t bother to write down this mind boggling phenomena that somehow escaped every medical journal in the world until the third time that he heard it. It kind of makes me feel more sorry for him than angry at him. So, if you want to avoid frustrating unverifiable stories like that, I’ll mark Bart’s time down.
Part 1 (Bart’s opening speech begins at 26:00):
Part 2 (Bart’s first rebuttal begins at 27:30):
Part 3 (Bart’s second rebuttal begins at 18:55, Q&A follows):
Part 4 (Q&A):