February 2010 / Bott Radio Network Co-Sponsors Resurrection Debate At Washburn University, in Topeka, Thursday, February 11th
Bott Radio Network co-sponsored, “The Resurrection Debate: Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?” The Debate was held at Washburn University, in Topeka, Kansas, between Dr. Michael Licona, a New Testament historian and author of “The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus.” and Dr. Richard Carrier, a historian and defender of the American freethought movement, and author of, “Sense and Goodness Without God.” Over a thousand people attended, and Bott Radio Network was there, sharing program guides and information to all who were interested.
Bott Radio Network's Communications Specialist Andy Barnett, and Topeka Account Representative Dawn Cardona welcome and help people at the BRN booth before the debate.
The crowd started forming early for the debate. Here people are perusing tables offering Dr.Carrier's materials as well as the Bott Radio Network table.
Over a thousand people were in attendance. The debate was a joint presentation of Christian Challenge at Washburn University and The Atheist Community of Topeka.
In a different debate format, the evening took the form of a comfortable living room discussion, in a sense. Dr. Licona, left, and Dr. Carrier, right, asked each other a series of questions and had segments of time to answer each other. Less structured than a podium debate, the atmosphere was one of engaging conversation rather than confrontation.
After the formal debate, the floor was opened for questions. A student asks a question about Paul the Apostle to both the Christian and atheist particpants.
After the question and answer session ended, interested people stayed after to address questions directly. Here, Dr. Carrier engages in conversation with several people who witnessed the evening's events.