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This is one of the most engaging dialogues between two of the best representatives of opposing perspectives on one of the most controversial topics?the resurrection of Jesusssss -- Dr. Norman L. Geisler, President and Professor of Theology and Apologetics, Southern Evangelical Seminary The release of this book represents a major publishing event. For twenty years or so there has been a steady growth in Christian philosophy and most of it has been representative of an historic approach to Christianity. Now with this book, a major academic publisher has provided for a broad audience a first-rate discussion that takes the bodily resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth seriously. The book brings together the top Christian defender of the resurrection and the most articulate advocate of atheismover the last fifty years. The conversational format allows these two great minds an opportunity to have a real interchange about Jesus? resurrection that is at once mutually respectful and clear. I recommend this book to anyone interested in a clear, fair-minded exchange on this most important topicc -- J. P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biola University, La Mirada, California If a good old-fashioned debate on the resurrection by two keen minds on opposite ends of the spectrum of opinion is your thing, then this lively but civil discourse, now in book form, is well worth your time and investment. -- Dr. Ben Witherington, III, Professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary This is one of the most engaging dialogues between two of the best representatives of opposing perspectives on one of the most controversial topics-the resurrection of Jesus -- Dr. Norman L. Geisler, President and Professor of Theology and Apologetics, Southern Evangelical Seminary The release of this book represents a major publishing event. For twenty years or so there has been a steady growth in Christian philosophy and most of it has been representative of an historic approach to Christianity. Now with this book, a major academic publisher has provided for a broad audience a first-rate discussion that takes the bodily resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth seriously. The book brings together the top Christian defender of the resurrection and the most articulate advocate of atheism over the last fifty years. The conversational format allows these two great minds an opportunity to have a real interchange about Jesus' resurrection that is at once mutually respectful and clear. I recommend this book to anyone interested in a clear, fair-minded exchange on this most important topic -- J. P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biola University, La Mirada, California

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Dr. Gary R. Habermas is chair of philosophy and theology at Liberty University. He has written 21 books and numerous articles in prestigious journals. Dr. Anthony G. N. Flew is professor emeritus in philosophy at the University of Reading, England. He has also been on the faculty at the University of Keele, University of Aberdeen, and Oxford University. He has written or edited 35 books. Dr. John F. Ankerberg, host of a weekly television show and ministry, is the author of more than a dozen books on religious topics.

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A Lopsided Exchange 19 Sep 2007
By Kyle Demming - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In May 2004, John Ankerberg hosted a discussion between Christian theist Gary Habermas and atheist philosopher Antony Flew concerning the evidence for Jesus Christ's resurrection. "Resurrected?" contains this dialogue, as well as a follow-up Q&A session and brief summary articles from the three authors.

Unfortunately, I felt that this book suffered from several flaws. I was expecting more of a debate, and I was disappointed with several facets of the discussion. First of all, Flew didn't do a good job responding to Habermas or making a strong case for his disbelief in the resurrection. At many times it is simply astounding the amount that Flew is willing to concede without argument. He essentially concedes the entire case to Habermas and chooses to reject the idea of a resurrection because of its miraculous nature.

Second of all, the debate wasn't really all that fair. To give Flew some credit, he really had to debate two people. Ankerberg, who was supposed to be a moderator (apparently?) was very involved in the discussion and was extremely biased in favor of Habermas. I just didn't think it was fair for Flew to be forced to address two debate opponents, and this flaw led to an even further lopsided discussion.

Finally, the book is too short to develop substantive content. Habermas does seem to make a strong case, but he is rarely challenged and so the discussion doesn't really develop past surface level.

Unfortunately, "Resurrected?" suffers from too many shortcomings to be of much use. If you are looking for a good debate on the resurrection of Jesus Christ, you should look elsewhere.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
THE SECOND MEETING BETWEEN FLEW AND HABERMAS 5 Mar 2013
By Steven H. Propp - Published on Amazon.com
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Antony Garrard Newton Flew (1923-2010) was a British philosopher, and formerly a noteworthy advocate of atheism, until his 2004 change of mind (see There Is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind). He wrote such influential books as God & Philosophy and The Presumption of Atheism and Other (Philosophical) Essays on God, Freedom and Immortality; he also participated in debates/dialogues such as The Warren-Flew Debate on the Existence of God, Does God Exist?: The Great Debate, etc.

Gary Habermas (born 1950) is Professor of Apologetics and Philosophy and chairman of the department of philosophy and theology at Liberty University, and is a foremost evangelical apologist who has written many books such as The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus, The Historical Jesus: Ancient Evidence for the Life of Christ, etc. These two philosophers had also met in debate in 1985 (see: Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?: The Resurrection Debate) and 2004 Did the Resurrection Happen?). This second encounter between the two took place in a 3½-hour debate on the John Ankerberg show.

Habermas states that "Clearly, I Corinthians 15 is the central piece of evidence. The book is clearly written by Paul at an early date, 55 to 57 A.D. In 15:3 ff, Paul states that he received material that he passed on to others, as indicated by the terms 'delivered' and 'received,' which are translations of the technical rabbinical words for passing on tradition." (Pg. 4) In response to a question from Ankerberg about his wife's passing, Habermas said, "Debbie had stomach cancer. [Flew] was at my house in 1985, and had dinner with my wife and family. My wife passed away in the summer of 1995---ten years after [Flew's] visit. I had a graduate student who called me during that time and asked, 'Where would you be now if it weren't for the Resurrection?' And here Paul's point became highly relevant---Christians mourn, 'but not as those without hope.'" [I Thess 4:13](Pg. 19)

Habermas said, "Notice, Jesus answers the questions, 'Are you the Messiah? Are you the Son of God?' by responding... His first comment is, 'I am.' Second, He changed a 'Son of God' question to a 'Son of Man' answer. He said, You will see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of God and coming in the clouds to judge you. Now, the high priest could have responded, 'Oh, no. You said "Son of Man." I asked you if you were the "Son of God."' But the priest knew that when Jesus called Himself the 'Son of Man,' followed by the claim to sit on God's right hand and so on, He was making a claim to be Deity." (Pg. 42)

Habermas definitely got the better part of this debate; Flew did better in the 1985 debate. This book will be of considerable interest to anyone studying Christian apologetics, or the philosophy of religion.
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Good Views 13 Aug 2012
By Discerning Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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I suspect this book got bad reviews from both sides because it gave both sides! It did not have an axe to grind for either side which probably drew the ire of both of them. But having read so many books on this topic, I can say it is of high quality.

It encapsulates a debate between Gary Habermas and Anthony Flew. At the time, the former was the foremost evangelical apologist on the subject. And Flew was the most famous athiest philosopher. It ends with a conversation between N.T Wright and Anthony Flew.

This book is unique in that it not only gives both sides, but is also respectful in it's tone. And it becomes apparent much of this discussion hinges on previous philosophical assumptions. For instance, if God exists the supernatural becomes possible. If he does not, a resurrection becomes impossible.

I highly recommend it!
Very good book! 18 Dec 2013
By Luis A. R. Branco - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed the way the book was written as a debate. The two philosophers presented very interesting views from both sides. I recommend it!
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