If He arose at all it was as His body…

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

So crucial is the resurrection…

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

Dismissing evidence for the resurrection…

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…

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

Regard the resurrection as implausible?..

Only if the naturalist has independent reasons to think that God’s existence is implausible or his intervention in the world implausible could he justifiably regard the resurrection hypothesis as implausible.

William Lane Craig, from Jesus Under Fire by J. P. Moreland, p. 146