Historian Michael Licona to discuss resurrection of Jesus

 Mike LiconaKEARNEY – “Did Jesus really rise from the dead?” presented by Michael Licona, a New Testament scholar and historian, will be Thursday at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Licona, an associate professor of theology at Houston Baptist University, will discuss historical evidence related to the resurrection of Jesus.

The event, sponsored by the UNK student organization Reasonable Faith, begins at 7 p.m. Thursday (April 24) in the UNK Health and Sports Center

The event is free and open to the public.

“Our group felt that this topic would be of general interest to students because it deals with how historical research is applied to an area of religious belief,” said Frank Kovacs, faculty advisor for Reasonable Faith and associate professor of chemistry. “Additionally, we believe that this event will give our students a chance to discuss this topic with a historical expert on the subject.”

Licona is the author of several books, including “The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach,” “Paul Meets Muhammad” and “The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus.”

He has spoken at more than 50 university campuses and appeared on dozens of radio and television programs.

“We really hope that it’s not just the choir showing up. Preaching to the choir is boring. We really hope that there are people who doubt and object to his conclusions. It will create a more enjoyable conversation,” said Tim Stratton, director of Reasonable Faith at UNK and a youth pastor at Kearney eFree Church.

A question and answer session will follow Licona’s presentation.

UNK Reasonable Faith is a new student organization whose purpose is to provide opportunities for students to discuss reasons for faith and to learn more about the interplay between faith and the various academic disciplines.

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Source: Frank Kovacs, 308-865-8384, kovacsfa@unk.edu

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  1. Kathleen Stump says

    Very happy to seeing this opportunity for learning and open discussion. I am a distance learner so I am unable to take advantage of such events…has the UNK every contemplated streaming such events? I would be interested in learning more about this UNK organization as well, albeit “long distance” as I study at UNK from my home in Pennsylvania.

    Thank you.

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