On September 18th, 2015 I had a debate with Justin Bass on the question “Did the Historical Jesus Really Claim to Be God?” As you might imagine, I argued that the answer is “Decidedly No.” He argued “Decidedly Yes.” The debate was held at the Collin College Preston Ridge Conference Center in Frisco, TX. The event was hosted by “1042 Church” http://www.1042church.com where Justin Bass is the lead pastor.
Most of the audience came from members of Justin’s congregation and friends they brought. It was a very kind and receptive crowd for most of the debate. During the debate I had mixed feelings about it. I’m never quite sure if this kind of thing is worth it, since it seems that there is scarcely any chance of getting anyone to think seriously about changing whatever views they already have. But I keep telling myself that if I can simply get a couple of people to think more deeply about an issue, see the other side, and possibly realize that their views are deeply problematic, I’ve done a good thing. I’d be happy to know your opinion about the matter.
Pre-debate Post: https://ehrmanblog.org/live-stream-the-debate-tonight/
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