The Evidence for the Resurrection Debunked in One Page

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The “Evidence for Jesus’ Resurrection,
Debunked in One Page
 
Chris Hallquist


Among Evangelical Christians, its become popular to claim that Jesus resurrection can be proved with historical evidence. This is nonsense. Heres why:

 1. There is no evidence for the resurrection outside the Bible.

Non-Christian historical references toJesus dont occur until about six decades after the time when Biblical scholars think he probably died. When these non-Christian sourcesrefer to Jesus miracles, theres no reason to see them as anything more than a reportof what Christians of the time believed.

2. There is little evidence that the Gospels were written by eyewitnesses, or based directly on eyewitness accounts.

Most of whatthe Bible says about Jesus life and supposed resurrection isin the first four books of the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, (a.k.a. the Gospels). But Biblical scholars now agree these books were originally anonymous, their names added later. The traditional Christian claims about who wrote them are now widely doubted by scholars.

3. This means that the Gospels cant be trusted as evidence for miracles.

Imagine someone trying toconvert you to another religion based on the “proof” of the miracles worked by the religions founder in the form of a handful of anonymous tracts recounting hislife. Would you accept that proof? Of course not. Among other things, the stories could just be legends.

4.One of Pauls letters provides evidence that a number of people claimed Jesus had appeared to them after his death. Butthis isnt proof of a miracle.

The passage is 1st Corinthians 15:3-9, and most Biblical scholars agree itwas really written by Paul. But again, would youaccept similar evidence in favor of another religions miracles? The Mormon church has statements signed by several people attesting tomiracles that are supposed to confirm the truth of the Book of the Mormon, but you probably wont convertto Mormonism based on that. Also, Paul doesnt tell us how he knows about all these appearances, so we cant be confident his report is accurate.

5. Reports that Jesus disciples were martyred prove nothing.

Reports of the martyrdom of Jesus’ disciples do not occur in this historical record until long after their deaths would haveoccurred, and accounts sometimes conflict with one another. It could be that most, even all, of these stories are legends. In any case, not only do people sometimes give up their lives for delusions, even outright charlatans have been killed for their claims. Joseph Smith was probably a charlatan, buthe died at the hands of a lynch mob. So we cant rule out deception among Jesus followers.

6. Claims that this or that individual couldnt possibly have hallucinated are nonsense.

Even apparently sane people hallucinate for a wide variety of reasons and under a wide variety of circumstances. We cant rule this out for people who claimed to have seen the risen Jesus.

7. Even if there were several people in Pauls day who would have claimed to have all seen the risen Jesus at the same time, their testimony might not have stood up to scrutiny.

There have been cases where a group of children have claimed to see the Virgin Mary, and been taken seriously by adults who should have known better. In many of these cases, the children were questioned individually and their descriptions of whatthey saw didnt match, suggesting deception or delusion.

8. Thats it.

Part of me thinks that what I’ve said inthis one page is all that needs to be said on the subject. But if you want to know how I back up these claims, you can get my book UFOs, Ghosts, and a Rising God: Debunking the Resurrection of Jesus. The book also includes a crash course in New Testament scholarship, discussions of faith healing and Biblical prophecy, and plenty of tidbits about the strange beliefs people have had throughout history. Its available on Amazon, and theres more information, including links to reviews, on my website, UncredibleHallq.net.
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