The Resurrection: Fact or Myth? Part 2 (podcast)
In the previous talk (listen to Part 1 here), we discussed the Christian claim that the man named Jesus of Nazareth really did die on the Cross, was buried, and was raised from the dead. The conclusion that all the evidence points to is that this is a historical event — that the Resurrection of Christ is a historical fact.
Now in this second talk, I address the question of why that matters.
I discuss the way in which the Resurrection is a crucial vindication of Jesus’ identity as the Messiah, and look at the challenge that confronts us when we see the evidence for the Resurrection. If this is true, what are we going to do about it? Thomas the Apostle (Doubting Thomas) provides exactly the model we need here!
Finally, I talk about how the Resurrection can be both a historical fact and a myth.
It is a historical fact — an event that really happened.
It is also a ‘myth’ in the sense that it is part of a story – it is not just a “bare fact” without significance — oh, how odd, a dead man is alive again — but rather, it is the pivot-point of all history, because it is part of the grandest story of all: the story of God’s rescue operation for fallen humanity – a story that also happens to be completely true.
And that is one of the reasons why we do not need to be afraid of embracing the imaginative dimensions of the Gospel – in fact, why we must engage with the Gospel imaginatively, or else we will be missing a great deal of what God is doing.
Lewis, C.S. “Myth Became Fact.” In God in the Dock.
Lewis, C.S. The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader.’
Tolkien, J.R.R. “On Fairy-Stories.” In The Tolkien Reader.