Alright, the recording of the debate can now be accessed online. I have uploaded it to the blog and you can listen to it below:
Overall, I feel that the debate went very well and do not have any post-debate remarks at this time.
A few links for further reading:
On the issue of prior probability, you can read the analysis I quoted from Bayesian expert Robert Cavin here. You can also see the infamous cucumber analogy on slides 76-89 and his inductive argument for the low prior probability of the resurrection on slide 108.
Also, for more information about how to explain group hallucinations and shared religious experience in the case of the resurrection, see Keith Parson’s analysis of the issue here.
There were also a couple brief misstatements when I was speaking:
At 16:40, I stuttered and left out a crucial point:
“In the Gospel of John, written even later, Thomas is able to physically touch Jesus’ wounds, and … Jesus stays with his disciples for forty days.”
This should read:
“In the Gospel of John, written even later, Thomas is able to physically touch Jesus’ wounds, and *in Acts* Jesus stays with his disciples for forty days.”
I say this because Jesus’ stay on earth for forty days is mentioned in Acts 1:3, but when I skipped over the part of my speech that mentioned Acts, the rest of the sentence implied that this detail was in the Gospel of John.
I also seem to have jumbled what I was saying at 16:07, when I was reading off my first speech. I had written:
“The author of Matthew then adds the detail that Jesus appeared to his disciples in Galilee, where he claims the authority of Heaven.”
In the recording though, I state:
“The … the author of Matthew then adds the first post-mortem encounter with Jesus, where he meets his disciples in Galilee, and then ascends to Heaven.”
In the last part I had intended to discuss the Great Commission in Matthew (28:16-20), where Jesus states “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me,” but (possibly because the word “Heaven” stuck out to me) I appear to have confused this with the ascension of Jesus, which is not explicitly mentioned in Matthew (though Jesus last appears in the gospel on a mountain giving parting words to his followers).
Thanks to everyone who called in on the conference debate! And another thanks to people who are listening to the debate for the first time on this post.