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Debate in Dallas on Friday

For anyone in the Dallas area:  On Friday (two days!  Sept. 18) I will be having a public debate with Justin Bass, a Christian apologist and pastor with a PhD from Dallas Theological, on the question “Did the Historical Jesus Claim To Be Divine?”   Dr. Bass thinks the answer is YES.  I think the answer is NO. It should be an interesting back and forth.   If you want to hear the arguments, come and see it.  Free admission.  And my arguments will be worth every dime you pay to hear them.  (It will be at Collin College at 6:30 pm)

Here’s all the information you need: https://www.facebook.com/events/1666142046937367/



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  1. Rick
    Rick  September 17, 2015

    May I recommend La Calle Doche Mexican restaurant. http://lacalledoce-dallas.com/ From where you will be in Plano the Lakewood location is closest but the original in Oak Cliff has to be the best.

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    Rthompsonmdog  September 17, 2015

    Are there plans to make the debate available online?

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    RonaldTaska  September 17, 2015

    Good luck!

  4. SBrudney091941
    SBrudney091941  September 17, 2015

    Found this claim:
    Livestreaming is happening for the Friday night debate, “Did the Historical Jesus Claim to be Divine?”
    Instructions: To view the event you must have an account with livestream.com. If you do have an account, just sign in to your account to view. If you do not have an account you will have to go through the process of creating an account with Livestream.com.
    Just copy and paste the URL below and follow the instructions.


  5. John4
    John4  September 17, 2015

    Your link, Bart, is dead.

    A bit of googling produced the following:

    Collin College Preston Ridge Campus

    9700 Wade Blvd, Frisco, Texas 75035

    Open to the Public / No Entry Fee
    Collin College Preston Ridge Conference Center Frisco, TX

    September 18th, 2015 6:30pm

    Dr. Justin Bass and Dr. Bart Ehrman will debate the topic:

    “Did the Historical Jesus Claim to be Divine?”


    I’ll see you there! 🙂

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    Steefen  September 18, 2015

    I’ll try to be there.

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    Steefen  September 18, 2015

    The traffic is awful from the airport to the venue. Hopefully you’ll get on Hwy 121 before 5p to get there at 6 (30 minutes prior to the event). Why is that? I for one used to work in Irving. Many people have to commute from Irving to all the communities along the way to Frisco and beyond (like North Plano/Allen/McKinney). Yes, I used to go local just to avoid 121.

    I’ll say hi and ask you if you need anything if you’re going to be at a table after the event.

    I’ve gone to that campus of Collin County Community College. I’ve used their library.

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    godspell  September 18, 2015

    Hey, it’s better than debating whether Jesus really existed. Progress! 😉

  9. John4
    John4  September 18, 2015

    So, tell us, Bart, how has it come to pass that you are spending a Friday evening debating a fundamentalist pastor at a Dallas suburb community college? Do you owe Justin Bass a favor for some reason? It’s very nice of you to do it and all. But, I’m curious as to how you came to undertake such a commitment.

    Many, many thanks! 🙂

    • Bart
      Bart  September 18, 2015

      Simple really. I do these debates as a way to raise money for charity. I do the debate, they pay the money, it goes to charity, and everyone is happy. (well, I’d rather be doing other things, but there it is….)

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    zadojla  September 19, 2015

    I just got home. I really enjoyed the debate, but I skipped the Q and A as we had missed supper to get there. My wife enjoyed it more than I expected, taking pages of notes.

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    sjames  October 11, 2015

    I’m a recent subscriber to yr fine blog, and have been enjoying yr lectures, debates and various writings. My interest is prompted by the fact that as an atheist and a secular humanist, and an historian, I have always been fascinated by religion as a social phenomenon. More on that later.
    In the meantime, at the risk of seeming pedantic, allow me to point out that a targe is not a spear, but a shield; specifically, a round Scottish shield.

    • Bart
      Bart  October 12, 2015

      I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of the term “targe”

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