Over at the River Oaks Church website (where I serve as Associate Pastor), I have written up a fairly detailed examination of the historical reasons why it is rational to believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus.
It is well-known that only the NT and Christian sources indisputably record the claim that Jesus was resurrected from the dead. While many secular sources affirm his existence and his death, they are silent — apart from the disputed Testimonium Flavianum (attributed to Josephus) — on the empty tomb.
This is often a major stumbling block for skeptics (but also thoughtful Christians as well). In this post, I explore a handful of reasons why the NT claims about Jesus’s bodily resurrection are the most plausible explanation of the data. I am also providing a short overview on Easter Sunday (during our Adult Ed time), and the audio will be posted on the River Oaks site afterwards.
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Note: This writeup is derived from the material I teach in my Gospels course at RTS-Orlando, and it has been adapted for a layperson audience.