Perhaps this only indicates how Homo sapiens are quite easily fooled and tricked.
Alternatively, the resurrection provides astonishing vindication of Jesus’ breathtaking claim to be God incarnate.
One way or the other, investigation of the evidence for – and against – the bodily resurrection of Jesus is a critical, non-negotiable issue when you are evaluating the truth claims of Christianity. Some of the crucial questions of this topic are:
- Can miracles happen? If so, can we verify them as historical or are they too inherently implausible?
- Is there anything of historical value in the New Testament documents, or are they hopelessly biased?
- Is there extra-biblical evidence that favors one conclusion over the other?
- Isn’t this just about circular reasoning – ‘the Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it’?
- Why did the disciples give their lives for the message of the resurrection?
- What are the bedrock historical facts that we can use to evaluate different theories?
To provide insight into these questions, I’ve collected a variety of resources, listed below, that offer clear guidance on these hotly debated questions. They are arranged according to format:
- Recommended Articles
- Recommended Books
- Recommended Websites
- Recommended Videos
Articles on the Resurrection of Jesus:
- Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? by Michael Horner
- Contemporary Scholarship and the Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ by William Lane Craig.
- Easter: Myth, Hallucination, or History? by Edwin Yamauchi
- Historical Evidence for the Resurrection by Charles Dunn
- How the Resurrection Data Can Be Evidence for Theism by Calum Miller
- Evidence for the Resurrection by Shandon Guthrie
- The Top Eight Reasons to Trust the Resurrection of Jesus by Arthur Khachatryan
- The Resurrection Account in Matthew’s Gospel by Peter May
- Responding to Three Objections to the Resurrection by Alister McGrath
- Responding to Naturalistic Theories by Phil Porvaznik
- The Minimal Facts of the Resurrection in 1,000 Words at PleaseConvinceMe
- Scholars Who Accept the Minimal Facts of the Resurrection Argument at Preventing Truth Decay
- Jesus’ Resurrection and Christian Origins by N.T. Wright
- The Significance of the Resurrection by Dan Wallace
Free, Out of Print Books on the Resurrection of Jesus:
- Trial of the Witnesses of the Resurrection by Thomas Sherlock
- The Evidence and Authority of the Christian Revelation by Thomas Chalmers
- A View of the Evidences of Christianity by William Paley
- The Gospel of the Resurrection: Thoughts on its Relation to Reason and History by Brooke Foss Westcott
Contemporary Books on the Resurrection of Jesus:
- The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus by Gary Habermas and Michael Licona (reviewed, a top pick)
- The Resurrection of Jesus by Michael Licona
- The Resurrection of the Son of God by N.T. Wright
- The Case for the Resurrection by Lee Strobel
- Did the Resurrection Happen?: A Conversation with Gary Habermas and Antony Flew by Habermas and Flew
- Cold Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace
Websites on the Resurrection of Jesus:
- Gary Habermas
- Risen Jesus (Michael Licona’s website)
- Reasonable Faith (William Lane Craig)
- N.T. Wright Page (an unofficial collection of resources by N.T. Wright)
Videos on the Resurrection of Jesus:
The resurrection of Jesus by Dr. Gary Habermas:
A debate between Michael Licona and Bart Ehrman:
A lecture on the resurrection by Dr. William Lane Craig:
An interesting debate between William Lane Craig and Bart Erhman:
We offer other great resources on the best reasons for the existence of God:
- Can We Know Truth? Is There Truth?
- Did Jesus Exist?
- Moral Relativism: Is There Right? What Is Right?
- The Argument From Reason
- The Bible: Is It True? Historical? Reasonable?
- The Cosmological Argument
- The Moral Argument
- The Problem of Evil
- The Teleological Argument
- The Unique Life and Teachings of Jesus
- Why Apologetics?