Sunday, April 04, 2010

Sunday Quote: William Lane Craig on the Resurrection

"These three great facts--the resurrection appearances, the empty tomb, and the origin of the Christian faith--all point unavoidably to one conclusion: The resurrection of Jesus. Today the rational man can hardly be blamed if he believes that on that first Easter morning a divine miracle occurred."

- William Lane Craig, quoted from "Contemporary Scholarship and the Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ".

More resurrection resources here. Also: read 50 Reasons Jesus had to Die. (great)

Happy Easter.


Lee said...

3 great facts???

We have the fact of stories about the resurrection and empty tomb - but little (if anything) to back up these stories. It is therefore nothing more than a claim at this stage.

WLC always fails to notice that just writing something down does not make it true.

I will accept the 'fact' of the Christian faith, there are so many of these it is hard to object to those

Hope you had a great easter.


Chad said...


Have you had a chance to read Dr. Craig's book, Reasonable Faith, 3rd edition? Or, one of the earlier ones? Just curious...

Hope you are well.

Lee said...

Hi Chad,

Nope... not seen the book in the shops as yet.

Though I have heard nothing from WLC to suggest I will get much new out of it.

What does he say in his book that he does not in his debates?


Lee said...

Tell you what though Chad, if you promise to read and review a book suggestion by me, I shall see if I can get WLC's book over the internet.

I will even give you a choice of books


Chad said...

Hello Lee,

Perhaps my comment came off wrong, but it was not a challenge of any sort. You said that "WLC always fails to notice that just writing something down does not make it true" and, with that in mind, I wondered what works of his you had read. In the book I mentioned, Craig lays out the 3 different historical searches for the "historical Jesus" within scholarship and then procedes to lay out his normal facts (you've heard these in his debates over and over!) and then back each fact up with various arguments. I was curious if you had read it, nothing more.

However, I am always looking for good book recommendations. Please share them with me.

Thanks Lee and I apologize if my comment came off as anything other than, "Hey Lee, I was just wondering..."

Take care and I hope you and your family are well.

Lee said...

Hi Chad,

Sorry that I took your comment wrong - I am told rather often that I must read such and such book because it answers all my questions.

Then I read said book, and have more questions (normally why did anyone suggest this book?)

Anyway... sorry about that.

I forget sometimes people just want a friendly chat.

As for book suggestions, well I've just finished one I would recommend, and nearly finished another (I've got about 6 books on the go - I jump around a bit)

One I just finished and like (for anyone who feels the bible is inerrant) is “Misquoting Jesus” by Bart D. Ehrman

and another (nearly finished) is “The Bible Unearthed” by Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman

What’s your topic of interest?

A nice intro to philosophy I found (with only a hint of religion) is “The Philosophy Gym” by Stephen Law – very good for simple folk like me.

Or are you more interested in science books?

A good book on Quantum mechanics (which I read 15-20 years ago and you get still buy it in the shops – I saw it just last week and was shocked) is “in search of Schrödinger’s cat” by John Gribbinödinger's_Cat

For astronomy books, I would not read anything older than about 5 years – which rules out most of my collection I am afraid.



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