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In keeping with my theme this week talking about the person and deity of Jesus, I’d like to share with you another article, this one appearing on ThinkApologetics.com, called Why the Hypothesis that God Raised Jesus from the Dead is the Best Explanation.  The author introduces his case with these remarks:

Photo by Glen Van Etten, creative commons image

Photo by Glen Van Etten, creative commons image

When it comes to the Christian faith, there is no doctrine more important than the resurrection of Jesus. Biblical faith is not simply centered in ethical and religious teachings. Instead, it is founded on the person and work of Jesus. If Jesus was not raised from the dead, we as His followers are still dead in our sins (1Cor.15:7). Explanations try to show how something happened. That is, what is the cause for something that has happened. So let’s take a look at if the bodily resurrection of Jesus as an adequate explanation for the following data:

He then makes the case in the following five points:

  1. The resurrection of Jesus explains God’s actions in history
  2. The bodily resurrection of Jesus explains the post-mortem appearances to the disciples.
  3. The resurrection of Jesus explains the conviction of the disciples in their proclamation of the resurrection of Jesus.
  4. The bodily resurrection explains the birth of early Christianity/the Messianic movement pre-70 AD.
  5. The bodily resurrection of Jesus explains Paul’s Christology.

See the full case in the article here: http://chab123.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/why-the-hypothesis-that-god-raised-jesus-from-the-dead-is-the-best-explanation-3/

The Minimal Facts Approach

Lego Tomb“The truth of Christianity stands or falls on the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. As Paul himself said, “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” Here the Apostle provides an objective criterion by which to judge the legitimacy of the Christian worldview. Show that Christ has not been raised from the dead and you will have successfully proven Christianity false. Conversely, if Jesus did rise from the dead then His life and teachings are vindicated. The Christian faith, as it turns out, is falsifiable. It is the only religion which bases its faith on an empirically verifiable event…”

“The approach I will take in this paper is commonly referred to as the ‘minimal facts approach.’ This method considers only those data that are so strongly attested historically that they are granted by nearly every scholar who studies the subject, even the rather skeptical ones…”

“[I]f these facts can be established and no plausible natural explanation can account for them as well as the resurrection hypothesis, then one is justified in inferring Jesus’ resurrection as the most plausible explanation of the data.”

See the article here.