Norman Geisler has recently been emailing a petition against Mike Licona to members of the Evangelical Theological Society. I have been able to obtain a copy of the petition. Please download the petition here. (I have not edited the petition in any way except for removing Geisler’s email at the bottom since that is private information).
My conclusion about this whole situation and petition is that this is presumptuous and a demonstration of either a refusal, inability, or lack of attention to sources, context, and footnotes (Yes, he actually blatantly ignored footnotes…). Additionally, this is a complete abuse and neglect of the scholarly process of handling the material in a way to wrestle with the claims and issues being made. There is no consideration for the evidence Licona uses. This is embarrassing. This is what one may expect from a bad blog by someone who has no credentials. This isn’t following the evidence. Below are the points of contention Geisler has listed on the petition. All formatting is original and emphases are Geisler’s.