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An excellent and accessible survey of the arguments
on 7 March 2015
This is an extremely accessible survey of the case for the resurrection of Jesus. It is not in itself a devotional work. It is written by William Lane Craig with his usual concern to set out the arguments clearly and point by point so that those who disagree can enter into debate with him and indicate at which stage they consider his argument fails. Given its own scope and intentions this brief book is an excellent source and should certainly be the first work to read for anyone really wanting to think through objectively their own position on this most astonishing of historical claims. Afterwards, for those who would like a much fuller study, also extremely readable and accessible, I would highly recommend Habermas and Licona's The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus. Between them these two books should give the reader much of what they need to consider and debate intelligently the claim for Jesus' resurrection. William Lane Craig is an extremely distinguished scholar who has debated publicly with other scholars who disagree with him on this and other issues and he always writes and debates with humility and respect for the intelligence of those who hold different positions. It is not enough to reply with polemic and mockery as do some reviewers. If one does not accept that the resurrection really took place then it is necessary to show with the same clarity and mastery of the sources and arguments where Craig is wrong, or at the very least suspend judgement or agree to differ with respect. Either way, he should be thanked for setting out the case so clearly.