The Christian faith’s most theologically significant miracle is Jesus’ resurrection—a historically well-supported event. Though history yields only probable—not absolute— knowledge, we don’t have to be mired in historical skepticism. We can still have a good degree of confidence in our historical knowledge as we consider evidence for Jesus’ resurrection. The chief facts surrounding this miracle are:
- Jesus’ burial in Joseph of Arimathea’s tomb;
- the discovery of Jesus’ empty tomb;
- the postmortem appearances;
- the origin of the earliest disciples’ belief in Jesus’ resurrection.
These are well-established historical facts accepted by the majority of critical biblical scholars—including the most skeptical who reject Jesus’ bodily resurrection.
— Paul Copan, from Loving Wisdom, kindle location 1708