Blogtalk: Coffee Conversation On Resurrection of Jesus
What is at stake?
1. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then Christianity is false.
2. If Jesus did rise from the dead, then Christianity is true, thus atheism(and other religions) is false.
At the request of Stephen Butterfield, I decide to start a coffee-table-talk-like blog dialogue on the Resurrection of Jesus. Are there Historical evidences to support this claim?
Is the resurrection the only plausible theory in the pool of Fraud(e.g disciple lied, stole the body), Psychological phenomena(e.g hallucination, delusion, vision), wrong tomb, apparent death, mythical(e.g Jesus story is a copycat of Osiri, Mythra etc)?
Can an intelligent and reasonable person accept the resurrection of Jesus?
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Case for Resurrection of Jesus:
An event is considered Historical if the reasons for accepting it significantly outweigh the reasons for rejecting it.
Use of Minimal Facts Approach: I will use facts that are strongly attested and accepted by nearly every scholar who studies the subject of Resurrection of Jesus, even the skeptical ones.
- Use of Minimal Facts Approach will help us in keeping the dialogue from diverging into less important issue(i.e strawman and red herrings e.g creationism, evolution, problem of evil etc)
The Case for the resurrection present is not based on the inspiration or inerrant of the Bible. The Bible(NT) is going to be used as an ordinary historical Greek manuscripts.
There are four historical facts which must be explained by any adequate historical hypothesis:
- Jesus’ death and burial
- the discovery of his empty tomb
- his post-mortem (after death) appearances
- the origin of the disciples’ belief in his resurrection.
Fact #1: After his crucifixion Jesus was buried by Joseph of Arimathea in a tomb.
Fact #2: On the Sunday after the crucifixion, Jesus’ tomb was found empty by a group of his women followers.
Fact #3: On different occasions and under various circumstances different individuals and groups of people experienced appearances of Jesus alive from the dead.
Fact #4: The original disciples suddenly and sincerely came to believe that Jesus was risen from the dead despite their having every predisposition to the contrary.
Claim: The only plausible Historical Hypothesis that explain the four Factors is Resurrection of Jesus.
Key Things To Know:
C. Behan McCullagh’s 7 Factors Historians Use to Test Historical Hypothesis
- The hypothesis, together with other true statements, must imply further statements describing present observable data.
- The hypothesis must have greater explanatory scope (that is, imply a greater variety of observable data) than rival hypotheses.
- The hypothesis must have greater explanatory power (that is, make the observable data more probable) than rival hypotheses.
- The hypothesis must be more plausible (that is, be implied by a greater variety of accepted truths, and its negation implied by fewer accepted truths) than rival hypotheses.
- The hypothesis must be less ad hoc (that is, include fewer new suppositions about the past not already implied by existing knowledge) than rival hypotheses.
- The hypothesis must be disconfirmed by fewer accepted beleifs (that is, when conjoined with accepted truths, imply fewer false statements) than rival hypotheses.
- The hypothesis must so exceed its rivals in fulfilling conditions (2)-(6) that there is little chance of a rival hypothesis, after further investigation, exceeding it in meeting these conditions.”(cited from Reasonable Faith, 3rd Edition, p. 233:)
Indications of Authenticity or Signs of Credibility:
6 Factors that increases the probability that a saying event S is authentic or credible
What are some of the factors that might serve the role of E in increasing the probability of some saying or event S? The following are some of the most important:
(1) Historical congruence: S fits in with known historical facts concerning the context in which S is said to have occurred.
(2) Independent, early attestation: S appears in multiple sources which are near to the time at which S is alleged to have occurred and which depend neither upon each other nor a common source.
(3) Embarrassment: S is awkward or counter-productive for the persons who serve as the source of information for S.
(4) Dissimilarity: S is unlike antecedent Jewish thought-forms and/or unlike subsequent Christian thought-forms.
(5) Semitisms: traces in the narrative of Aramaic or Hebrew linguistic forms.
(6) Coherence: S is consistent with already established facts about Jesus.(cited from Reasonable Faith)
The BlogTalk is now open for comment in a dialogue-like Talk.
What do think about Resurrection of Jesus hypotheses.? Do you have objection(s) on the Resurrection of Jesus hypotheses.? If yes, give reasons to your objection.
What would it take for one to accept the Historical resurrection of Jesus? Which Historical Fact above do you wish to be explained?
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