Like the old country preacher Vance Havner used to say, “If the resurrection of Jesus is a myth, then I am mythtaken, mythified, and mytherable!”
— Erwin Lutzer, from Slandering Jesus, p. 24
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: Continue reading
The ‘principle of analogy’ is basically a useful tool for historical research—but Troeltsch has turned it into a dogmatic view of reality. In other words, Troeltsch is saying that because we have no present-day analogues of something, it simply can’t have happened in the first place. A unique event is therefore excluded from the outset, because it doesn’t have any parallels today. What Troeltsch is saying is that the resurrection can’t have happened, because dead men don’t rise. In other words, resurrections don’t happen, so the resurrection of Jesus can’t have happened. Continue reading
The essential historical facts undergirding Jesus’ resurrection are recognized as well established by the majority of biblical critics.
The Christ of faith, who lives in my heart today, is the same person who once walked the shores of Galilee, hung on a Roman cross, and rose triumphantly from the tomb for our salvation.
— William Lane Craig, from “Will the Real Jesus Please Stand up!” debate with John Dominic Crossan
If Jesus was not really raised, the Christian faith is actually a Christian farce.
— Darren Hewer, from The Historical Reliability of the New Testament, p. 1
Make no mistake: if He arose at all it was as His body; if the cells’ dissolution did not reverse, the molecules reknit, the amino acids rekindle, the Church will fail.
— John Updike, quoted in Religion on Trial by Craig Parton, p. 70
The resurrection with the incarnation and atonement is planted at the very heart of the gospel and plan of redemption. So crucial is the resurrection to the writers of the New Testament that Peter attributes all the blessings of redemption to it (1 Peter 1:3); Paul avows that without it the work of Christ is undone (1 Corinthians 15:7), and that the confession of the resurrection is integral to salvation (Romans 10:9-10).
— Bernard Ramm, quoted in Jesus in An Age of Controversy by Douglas Groothuis, p. 273
The most drastic way of dismissing the evidence [for the resurrection] would be to say that these stories were mere fabrications, that they were pure lies. But, so far as I know, not a single critic today would take such an attitude. In fact, it would really be an impossible position. Think of the number of witnesses, over 500. Continue reading
Is the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection just as obvious as 2 + 2 = 4? No, it cannot be, for mathematics is simply the joining of two concepts in the mind. Nor is it like science, whose experiments can be repeated. The evidence for the Resurrection is rooted in proper historical investigation based on accepted rules of manuscript evidence. The evidence is enough for the honest doubter, but not enough for the dishonest one.
— Erwin Lutzer, from Slandering Jesus p. 36