I read on a blog a few months ago someone asking why Christians had not written a book giving the evidence for the Resurrection of Christ on the third day. I did not write to the blog but this person must not have looked very hard as there are lots of books which have looked in to those events which we are going to celebrate this weekend – the death of Jesus on the cross and then the incredible first Easterday when the tomb was empty and Jesus was seen alive again.
One of the older books on the resurrection is titled “Who moved the stone” ( by Frank Morison). It is one of many well-argued books on this remarkable event
What I find fascinating is the first chapter entitled “the book that refused to be written” in which the author tells us how he set out to write a book disproving the resurrection but as he looked in to the evidence he came to the conclusion that the only reasonable explanation was that Jesus did rise from the grave
A more modern book on the subject “The reason for God” by Timothy Keller has a chapter “the reality of the resurrection” where he also goes over the compelling evidence for the resurrection of Jesus
The modernist wants to test these facts while I suspect there are many in the post-modern world who are not so much concerned about the historical evidence but about how the resurrection makes them feel and what difference it makes to their lives – is it relevant in the 21st Century?
I plan to touch on some of these issues on Easter Sunday at 9am. Your comments before or after are most welcome
Its been noted by some that you can prove an impossibility, but you cannot prove a possibility. That means anything that we want to say is true, even the existence, has to be an argument from evidence that ends in belief.
11/4/2012 02:41:00 pm
I think Morison's book is in the Barnie's library. I have a copy of Keith Matthee's version (he is a Cape Town based lawyer). I will be talking a bit about faith on Sunday 15/4.
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