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

Chris Hallquist

Among Evangelical Christians, it’s become popular to claim that Jesus’ resurrection can be proved
with historical evidence. This is nonsense. Here’s why:

1. There is no evidence for the resurrection outside the Bible. Non-Christian historical references
to Jesus don’t occur until about six decades after the time when Biblical scholars think he probably
died. When these non-Christian sources refer to Jesus’ miracles, there’s no reason to see them as
anything more than a report of 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 what the Bible says about Jesus’ life and supposed resurrection is in
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 is now widely doubted by scholars.

3. This means that the Gospels can’t be trusted as evidence for miracles. Imagine someone trying
to convert you to another religion based on the “proof” of the miracles worked by the religion’s
founder… in the form of a handful of anonymous tracts recounting his life. Would you accept that
“proof”? Of course not. Among other things, the stories could just be legends.

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There are counter arguments to this. How would you respond to Chris?

October 14, 2010 - Posted by | Apologetics, Atheism/Agnosticism | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Hi Chris,
    Most scholars, even non-christian ones, that I have read believe that Paul wrote about Jesus and his resurrection about 20 years after Jesus’ death (some say a little earlier some a little later). Of course Paul wrote about it before the Gospels. Many writings from antiguity wrote about Jesus. Some Jewish leaders who were not Christian wrote about how Jesus performed miracles and led Israel astray. Yes, the books were anonymous but I don’t see how that makes them not-reliable. Even Josephus wrote about the same historical figures like Herod many others and if you look at Luke you will see people and places and time frames that could have easily been checked for accuracy. I won’t spend more time on this I just wish there was more accuracy with what the bloggers are writing.

    Comment by Peter | December 2, 2010 | Reply

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