by Scott Oliphint—
Of all religions, Christianity is the one that has the most historical evidence, and therefore the least to hide, in what it purports. We should never hide from, or routinely dismiss, the historical aspect of Christianity. But if all we have are historical reasons for our belief in the resurrection, then it is possible to conclude, with a certain amount of probability, that the resurrection of Jesus Christ happened in history. However, we also recognize that, when we are thinking about the “why” question as it pertains to the resurrection of Christ, Christians should never be content to begin and end their belief in the resurrection of Christ with only historical data. Those data can support our belief in the resurrection. They can supplement what we believe and why we believe it. But historical data cannot be the center of our response to the “why” question. If the historical data are at the center, then the best we can say is that we believe the resurrection probably occurred. But that will not do; we do not believe in the probability of the resurrection. Instead, the center of our response to the “why” question of the resurrection is that, without the resurrection of Christ, there is, in fact, no Christianity at all.
Read the whole article here: https://zondervanacademic.com/blog/what-the-resurrection-means/
A Youtube Playlist Featuring 8 Excellent Videos Explaining Easter
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Easter is so much more than bunnies, colored eggs, and jelly beans. Indeed, there is a much better name for this wonderful holiday—Resurrection Day. That's because the main focus of it is new life and victory over death accomplished by one particular figure of history who is famous for this. But of course there had to be a death before there could be a victory over it. The editors of Tao and Tawheed have produced this series of talks on the subject to capture the important events and details of this historical narrative from the four gospels of the New Testament. Its presenters include Ben Edwards, Ismail Nemr, Wissam Yousif and Eddie Yousif (together), Steve Schlichter, Jon and Jayne Frazier (together), Jeff Davis, Scott Cherry, and UMD student Christian Ledford.
11 Reasons Why It's Logical to Believe the Real Jesus Rose from the Dead.
by Scott Cherry—
In the 1st century the Christian faith mushroomed throughout the Roman Empire despite waves of persecution against Christians. Unlike Islam, it spread without military force or any sort of violence perpetrated by Christians for three whole centuries. It was literally unstoppable, but why?! Because it was credible, and thousands of average people believed it even though they had nothing to gain and everything to lose during those three centuries. There is no other logical way to explain the growth of Christianity but that Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to the disciples and "more than 500 brethren at one time". (1 Cor. 15)
How the resurrection is made compelling by beauty, coherence and historical evidence
What is confirmed by even the most skeptical skeptics using modern historical methodology? 12 Non-Negotiable Facts About the Resurrection of Jesus, by Gary Habermaas
Was the resurrection of Jesus a real historical event? Can we analyze it by the same criteria as other historical events? Dr. Gary Habermas has coined a method to validate the resurrection of Jesus called the Minimal Facts approach to the resurrection. These facts are used by Habermas for three main reasons:
- The vast majority of scholars accepts these facts as historical.
- They are well-established as solid facts by the historical method.
- The only explanation that can account for the existence of all these facts is the bodily resurrection of Jesus.
Here are just four of them, below. The rest can be found here: 12 Facts of the Resurrection
- Jesus died by Roman crucifixion.
- He was buried, most likely in a private tomb.
- Soon afterward, the disciples were discouraged, bereaved, and despondent, having lost hope.
- Jesus’ tomb was found empty very soon after his interment.