About two weeks ago (yes, we're slow sometimes), there was a live debate hosted by First Family Church, Overland Park, KS, between Craig Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College of Acadia University, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada and Bart Ehrman, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The debate evolved around seven questions:
1: Are the gospels historically reliable?
2: Do the gospels accurately preserve the teachings of Jesus Christ?
3: Do the gospels accurately preserve the activities of Jesus Christ?
4: Do the gospels contain eyewitness tradition?
5: Do archaeologists and historians use the gospels as sources?
6: Have the gospels been accurately preserved done through the centuries
7: Do scribal errors and textual variants significantly impact any teaching of Jesus or any important Christian teaching?
See a video of the debate here.
Or, listen to an audio recording here.
If you don't have time, you can read a (tendentious and humorous) summary of the arguments here.
Finally, a reflection: a local church hosting a debate between two New testament scholars would be something very unusual in Sweden. Local churches here seem to pay little attention to what the academy does (they should since it will affect them).