• Here's an approach to discussing the resurrection using essential evidence that even most skeptical historians agree is true. Use this chart to present the case for the resurrection of Christ to anyone willing to engage with facts."
Essential Evidence
for the Re
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"This approach was developed by Gary Habermas of Liberty University, and is often called the Minimal Facts
'Approach. While some skeptics may argue against these poinitsyserious NewiTestament scholars will not.
Jesus died by Roman crucifixion
After his death, his disciples had experiences that they believed were
appearances of the risen Jesus
atest thatthe disciples beloved that Jesus
The disciples were transformed from fearful panic to boldly preaching his resurrection, and were willing to die for their beliefs.
the aposties fom a grou
The proclamation of his resurrection was a central message of the Church, starting in Jerusalem very early, not decades later
Jesus' unbelieving brother, James, was converted by what he believed was ils an appearance of the risen Jesus.
tutple ort that James was cynical rega ing to remove
Paul, former persecutor of Christians, was converted by what he believed was important part of any defense an appearance of the risen Jesus.
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When even skeptical experts accept these essential historical facts, they are compelled to address the Summit.
evidence. Popular theories like the Swoon Theory, the Stolen Body Theory, the Hallucination Theory, and Legend Theory, etc., all fall short of these requirements. The resurrection is the most reasonable JUMMIT explanation. And if Jesus was raised from the dead - there are significant implications for our lives!
1) Each fact must be confirmed by multiple independent sources.
2) There must be consensus among even critical scholars accepting the historical evidence.
The Importance of
Scholars see this creed, received by Paul 5 years after Jesus' death, as an important early source
attesting to facts about
Jesus' resurrection.
The Empty Tomb
The fact that the private tomb where Jesus had been buried was found empty after his resurrection is backed by significant historical evidence.
It is not usually included in the Minimal Facts argument because it not as universally accepted by skeptics (about
75% support it).
Even so, it remains an important part of any defense of Jesus' resurrection.
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