A historically well-supported event…

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:

  1. Jesus’ burial in Joseph of Arimathea’s tomb;
  2. the discovery of Jesus’ empty tomb;
  3. the postmortem appearances;
  4. 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

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