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The Fact of the Resurrection and the Faith of Historians

Ehrman, Crossley and the Resurrection

Recently I’ve been reading some material on the resurrection of Jesus by two biblical scholars, James Crossley and Bart Ehrman.[i] Both are sceptics and make many similar points in their attempts to argue that there are no good grounds for belief in the resurrection.

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Six Poor Reasons for Rejecting the Miraculous

Christian theology affirms a number of miracles, most importantly the atonement, the resurrection, the incarnation and the virgin birth. The secular mind dismisses these as tall-tales and myths produced by superstitious, pre-modern minds. However, it seems to us that the modern prejudice against miracles is not very rational.

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Q: How can I believe that Jesus performed miracles?

Q: Look, I’ve heard all kinds of tall tales. So the miracle stories in the Bible must be tall tales too, right?

A: That just seems like an excuse to avoid studying the evidence. It’s poor reasoning in any case.

Q: How so?

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Extraordinary claims do not require extraordinary evidence

In discussions about the resurrection of Jesus, it’s often claimed that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence (ECREE). Is this claim true? A few months ago the BBC website  covered an uncanny and singular event in Sri Lanka, where  a hen gave birth to a chick without an egg.

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Four Poor Reasons for Rejecting the Resurrection

Sometimes critics of religious belief are willing to grant that there is some plausibility to the idea of a cosmic Creator and Designer, but they will argue that such a being is a long way from the Christian God. Even if belief in a Creator were acceptable, how would anyone know which God to believe in?

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