Davis devotes nearly all of his critique to my subsidiary points. For instance he challenges my contention that the lack of appearance stories in Mark indicates that these accounts were inventions of the later gospel writers (60). He also claims that, though Paul’s list of alleged appearances in I Corinthians 15 is given with no narrative, such a narrative must have existed since it is just not feasible that Peter or James would have had no answer if asked by believers or skeptics for the details about these appearances (60).
Well, they probably had some answer, but we just do not know what it was or how satisfactory it would have been. For instance, who were the “500” mentioned by Paul who supposedly encountered the risen Jesus? Did Paul have any of their names and addresses? Did they all know Jesus well enough to be sure that they had seen him? Did they get close enough to get a good look? Was Jesus on a hilltop or a stage so that everyone could view him? Did he say or do anything to authenticate his identity? These are all questions I raise in my essay in TET, and I do not see that they as yet have any good answers. To suppose that they at one time did have satisfactory answers is merely to rely on an argumentum ad ignorantiam.