The Resurrection: Fact or Myth? Part 1 (podcast)
The Christian claim is that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, died, and was resurrected, and ascended bodily into heaven, to live eternally as the Incarnate and Risen Lord. This is indeed an astounding claim. Skeptics have challenged it; Christians who have been influenced by the fact/value split have tried to spiritualize it; well-meaning evangelists have tried to water it down to make it easier to accept; but it is precisely this claim that is the basis for the Christian faith. Did it really happen? Did Christ rise from the dead?
Is the Resurrection of Jesus a fact or a myth?
The answer is — Yes.
That is, it is a historical fact — an event that really happened, on a particular day in a particular place.
It is also a ‘myth’ in the sense that it is part of a story – the grandest story of all, the story of God’s rescue operation for fallen humanity – a story that also happens to be completely true.
In this first of two lectures, I provide an overview of the evidence for the Resurrection, making the argument that the best explanation for the facts is that Jesus really did rise from the dead. No other explanation can account for all aspects of the situation.
You can listen to the podcast through the player above, or by clicking on this link.
Here are some useful resources on the subject:
Blomberg, Craig L. Making Sense of the New Testament: Three Crucial Questions. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2004.
Bruce, F.F. The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1943, 1981.
Craig, William Lane. “The Empty Tomb of Jesus.” In In Defense of Miracles, edited by R. Douglas and Gary R. Habermas Geivett, 247-261. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997.
Habermas, Gary R. The Historical Jesus. Joplin: College Press Publishing Company, 1996.
—. The Risen Jesus & Future Hope. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003.
Kreeft, Peter and Ronald K. Tacelli. Handbook of Christian Apologetics. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Pres, 1994.
Lewis, C.S. Miracles. New York: HarperCollins, 1947.
Wright, N.T. Judas and the Gospel of Jesus. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2006.
—.The Resurrection of the Son of God. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003.