Michael R. Licona
|Michael R. Licona|
|Born||Michael R. Licona
July 17, 1961
|Alma mater||University of Pretoria|
Michael R. 'Mike' Licona (born July 17, 1961) is an American New Testament scholar and Evangelical Christian apologist. Licona has a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies (University of Pretoria) which he completed "with distinction" and the highest mark as well as an M.A. in Religious Studies from Liberty University. He was the Apologetics Coordinator at the North American Mission Board (Southern Baptist Convention) through 2011 and is now Associate Professor in Theology at Houston Baptist University. Licona specializes in defending the Resurrection of Jesus.
Matthew 27 controversy
In a passage in his 2010 book, The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach, Michael Licona questioned the interpretation of the story of the resurrection of the saints in Matthew 27, and suggested the possibility that it might be apocalyptic imagery. This led to controversy with fellow Evangelical scholars Norman Geisler and Albert Mohler, who both accused Licona of denying the full inerrancy of the Bible in general and the gospel narratives in particular. Licona maintained that adjusting an interpretation on a text is not a denial of inerrancy. In the course of events, Licona resigned in 2011 from his position as research professor at Southern Evangelical Seminary and as apologetics coordinator for the North American Mission Board (NAMB). Other Evangelical scholars such as William Lane Craig, J.P. Moreland, and Gary Habermas voiced their support for Licona by signing an open letter to Geisler. In a round table discussion on the issue, Craig Blomberg urged that another educational institute of similar prestige offer him a teaching role.
Licona is married to Debbie and has two children; a daughter Allie and a son Zach.
Debates and dialogues
- Dale Martin at Acadia Divinity College, "Did Jesus Think He was Divine?" (October 19, 2012)
- Dale Martin at Saint Mary's University, "Did Jesus Rise Physically from the Dead?" (October 18, 2012)
- Greg Cavin at Antioch Church, "Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?" (July, 2012)
- Shane Puckett (Agnostic) at West Monroe Baptist Church, "Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?" (January, 2012)
- Yusuf Ismail (Muslim) at the University of Potchefstroom,(South Africa), "What was the 1st century fate of Jesus" (September 2011)
- Stephen Patterson (Jesus Seminar) at Florida State University, “Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?” (March, 2010)
- Richard Carrier (Atheist) at Washburn University, “Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?” (February, 2010)
- Bart Ehrman (Agnostic) at Southern Evangelical Seminary, “Can Historians Prove that Jesus Rose from the Dead?” (April, 2009)
- Bart Ehrman (Agnostic) at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, “Can Historians Prove that Jesus Rose from the Dead?” (February, 2008)
- Ali Ataie (Muslim) at the University of California (Davis), “What was the First Century Fate of Jesus?” (November, 2006)
- Steve Yothment (Atheist) at the University of Georgia, “Resolution: God Created Man” (March, 2006)
- Elaine Pagels on Ron Insana Show, “Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?” (April, 2005)
- Elaine Pagels on Faith Under Fire, “The Gospel of Thomas” (February, 2005)
- Shabir Ally (Muslim) on Faith Under Fire, “Who was Jesus: Divine or Prophet?” (November, 2004)
- Richard Carrier (Atheist) at UCLA, “Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?” (April, 2004)
- Shabir Ally (Muslim) at Regent University, “Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?” (March, 2004)
- Dan Barker (Atheist) at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), “Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?” (April, 2003)
- The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach, (IVP Academic, 2010), ISBN 978-0-8308-2719-0
- Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy & Science, co-edited w/William Dembski (Baker, 2010), ISBN 978-0-8010-7260-4
- Paul Meets Muhammad: A Christian-Muslim Debate on the Resurrection, (Baker, 2006), ISBN 978-0-8010-6602-3
- The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus, with Gary Habermas, (Kregel, 2004), ISBN 978-0-8254-2788-6
- Behold, I Stand At the Door and Knock: What to Say to Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses When They Knock on Your Door, (Truth Quest Publishers, 1998), ASIN: B00126UFDS
- U.S. Public Records Index Vol 1 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2010.