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DID THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS REALLY HAPPEN?
TWO BIBLE SCHOLARS DEBATE THE EVIDENCE
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if jesus didn't rise, iS christianity dead?
Christians: The resurrection has always been understood to be the cornerstone of the Christian faith and an event of history. If Jesus did not rise, then he would be a mere man, not a divine savior, and people would still be "dead in their sin." The apostle Paul himself taught that if Jesus was not raised from the dead, the Christian faith was pointless. But if the resurrection of Jesus really happened, there is a very high probability that the Christian faith is true.
Non-Christians: There are numerous reasons to doubt the ancient claims that Jesus was raised from the dead. Our earliest accounts come from decades later, written by people who did not know Jesus, and their accounts are hopelessly confused and contradictory. Even more important, the resurrection is a Christian belief that involves the supernatural, and historians cannot prove supernatural beliefs.
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INTRODUCING THE DEBATE Opponents
DR. BART EHRMAN - Arguing Against the Historical Resurrection
Bart D. Ehrman is a professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina. He has written or edited thirty-three books, including six New York Times bestsellers: How Jesus Became God, Misquoting Jesus, Jesus Interrupted, and Forged. Bart has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and Time, and has appeared on National Geographic, NBC's Dateline, the Discovery Channel, and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
"I was a committed Christian for 25 years and believed whole heartedly in the physical resurrection of Jesus. For years I argued that it could be proved. But after extensive study, I came to the conclusion that it was not a historical event."
DR. MIKE LICONA - Arguing For the Historical Resurrection
Michael R. Licona is a New Testament scholar, author, and leading evangelical apologist on the resurrection. He is Associate Professor in Theology at Houston Baptist University and the director of Risen Jesus, Inc. He has authored or co-authored seven books including The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach, and The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus.
"There was I time when I doubted the truth of the Christian faith and considered abandoning it. For 10 years I studied the matter of Jesus’ resurrection and became MORE CONVINCED THAN EVER that Jesus really did rise from the dead! I even wrote 4 books on the topic!"
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Megan Lewis from Digital Hammurabi
Megan has a B.A. from Birmingham University (UK) in Ancient History, an M.Phil. from the same in Assyriology, and an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from the Johns Hopkins University. She attained ABD status in a Ph.D. program at The Johns Hopkins University, before deciding that her energies would be better spent elsewhere. She hopes to return to school and obtain her doctorate at a later date.
Megan serves on the board of directors for H.A.P.S., and takes care of the day-to-day running of the Digital Hammurabi YouTube channel and Podcast.
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