Unbeknownst to most modern Christians, New Testament scholars long ago reached a consensus on the exact number of eyewitnesses to the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. The number is (drum roll): Zero!
-Zero eyewitnesses claim to have seen the three-day-brain-dead body resume breathing.
-Zero eyewitnesses claim to have seen the body open its eyes.
-Zero eyewitnesses claim to have seen the body sit up and begin removing its burial cloths.
-Zero eyewitnesses claim to have seen the body stand up and move back the large stone.
-Zero eyewitnesses claim to have seen the body exit the tomb and vanish into thin air (allegedly to teleport to the Emmaus Road).
Yes, folks, hundreds of people may have claimed to have seen a walking/talking/broiled-fishing eating dead body in the days and years following this man’s death, but NO ONE claimed to have witnessed the Resurrection. (By comparison, Muslims can provide at least one eyewitness to their alleged central supernatural event, and Mormons can provide three or four eyewitnesses to their alleged central supernatural event.)
So what about the claims of this resurrected body’s post death appearances?
Tens of thousands of grieving friends, family, (and the mentally ill), over the many millennia of human existence, have claimed to have “seen” dead people; even groups of people have claimed to have seen dead people. Most modern, educated people (including many Christians) don’t believe these claims. So why should we believe this claim?
It is an ancient tall tale, folks.
Modern, educated people should not believe this silliness.