Gary: Christians allege that a first century, brain-dead human being came back to life possessing a transformed body with supernatural powers and attributes. They allege this resurrected body was seen by hundreds of people at the same time and place. They allege that at least a dozen people saw this resurrected body slowly levitate into space. And yet, no public university history text book on the planet lists this incident as an historical event. Why? It can’t be a bias against Jesus, because most of these same historians believe that Jesus was a real historical person. Is it therefore possible that the lack of mention of this event in any public university history text book is due to a lack of good evidence???
Christian: Gary, you KNOW the reason. You read [Bart] Ehrman’s blog, and he’s talked about the “historic methods” extensively. “History”, as a discipline, doesn’t do the supernatural. It’s about finding “naturalistic” answers, in the same fashion that science, as a discipline, doesn’t do the supernatural, either – for the same reasons. It’s a pointless argument. The fact that the resurrection doesn’t show up in a “world history” book doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with whether it occurred or not; it has to do with the fact that history, as a discipline, doesn’t delve into the supernatural. You really ought to know that, with as much reading as you claim to do. Especially if you read Ehrman’s blogs (which I know you do).
Gary: It is true that neither historians nor scientists can examine the evidence for the supernatural resurrection of a first century body as such a supernatural event defies the methods used by these disciplines to determine facts. However, historians could provide evidence of the date this event allegedly occurred, a list of persons confirmed to have been there, the location, etc.. We can do this for other alleged supernatural events, such as the alleged sighting of the Virgin Mary in Fatima Portugal in 1917 and her alleged sighting in Knock, Ireland the summer of 2017. We have first hand accounts of these events. We have confirmed eyewitness reports. We have news coverage of these events. Yet, we have ZERO contemporary reports of the greatest (alleged) event ever to happen on planet earth!!! Zip. Nada.
Think about this: The author of the Gospel of Luke states that he carefully evaluated eyewitness testimony to write his gospel. Many Christians take this to mean that Luke interviewed eyewitnesses for his gospel. Yet, neither Luke nor any other author of the Christian New Testament records the date of the resurrection of Jesus! No Church Father records the date of this event. The sad fact is, Christians do not know the date or even the year of Jesus’ resurrection, the greatest day in the history of the Christian religion, and allegedly, the greatest event in the history of the universe! Why???
Isn’t it obvious? The reason why the resurrection of Jesus is not listed in history textbooks even as a “probable” event is because the evidence surrounding this alleged event is so very, very poor.
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