Review of “The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus” by Habermas and Licona, Introduction to Part 2: The Minimal Facts Approach

“When discussing the evidence for the Resurrection, let’s stick to the topic of Jesus’ resurrection.  This means that we do not digress into a side discussion on the reliability of the Bible.  While we hold that the Bible is trustworthy and inspired, we cannot expect the skeptical nonbeliever with whom we are dialoguing to embrace this view.  So, in order to avoid a discussion that may divert us off our most important topic, we would like to suggest that we adopt a “minimal facts approach”.  —Habermas and Licona, p. 44

Gary:  Can Christian apologists really stick to this plan?  I doubt it.  In my experience, when push comes to shove and conservative Christians are backed into a corner regarding the strength of the evidence for this alleged event, they ultimately appeal to “faith”.  In no other discussion regarding any other claimed event in Antiquity are we asked to believe in that event’s historicity by evidence and faith.  Either the evidence alone is sufficient to believe it occurred or it isn’t.

And I believe that this is why the Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth is not listed as an historical event in any public university world history text book anywhere on planet earth.


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