The pertinent question that must be asked relates to the evidence for Jesus’s death and claimed physical, bodily resurrection: is the evidence overwhelmingly conclusive to any honestly objective seeker of the truth? This book reveals certainly that this is not the case.
In the preface to this investigation, the late evangelical fundamentalist William Bright (1999, xii), was quoted:
During my fifty-five years of sharing the good news of the Savior with the academic world, I have met very few individuals who have honestly considered the evidence and yet deny that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of men. To me, the evidence confirming the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ is overwhelmingly conclusive to any honest, objective seeker after truth. However, not all—not even the majority—of those to whom I have spoken have accepted Him as their Savior and Lord. This is not because they were unable to believe—they were simply unwilling to believe.
In response to Mr. Bright’s significant words, the reason that this text rejects Jesus’ physical, bodily resurrection is because there is no unequivocal evidence that this historical event occurred.
A second volume to this text will be published. This second volume will directly respond to many of the foremost arguments raised by Christian apologists in support of Jesus’ physical , bodily resurrection. In particular, the second volume will review, analyze, and refute the arguments presented by such leading writers as William Lane Craig, Norman L. Geisler, Gary Habermas, Michael Licona, Gerald O’Collins, and N. T. Wright.
Finally, I would like to thank those who took the time to read this text. …Your time is valuable, respected, and appreciated.
Again, I thank you.
Michael J. Alter, Jewish educator and author
Gary: Yes, the ol’ “You don’t believe because you don’t want to believe” argument, a favorite of conservative Christian apologists. No, dear conservative Christians, Jews and other skeptics don’t believe in the resurrection of Jesus because the evidence for this alleged event is AWFUL! The evidence is woefully insufficient. Anyone interested in reading a comprehensive Jewish review of the alleged resurrection of Jesus should buy and read Mr. Alter’s book! It is well-written and fascinating.
Believe in the Resurrection if you wish, my Christian friends, but be honest and admit that you believe this supernatural tale—not because of good historical evidence—but because of the comfort and security it gives you!
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