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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.
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on 21 January 2018
Rather biassed.does not consider fact the the stone in front of the tomb could have been moved to open as easily as it was closed. No doubt in my mind jesus was not dead but comatose. He reappears much later in kashmir where he died. The author needs to explore the early buddhist teachings in India.
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on 10 October 2015
Very informative
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on 6 April 2015
well written easy to follow on kindle
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on 9 January 2015
I have read a lot of books on the resurrection, this book has well thought out arguments and conclusions, certainly worth getting and reading.
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on 10 October 2016
Very one sided in favour of him having done so.
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on 4 August 2014
It was alright, but really didn't answer the question and merely went over things most people who ask this question already know. If I'm honest I thought it was inconclusive, and if I had been able to read a fair bit first I wouldn't have bothered with it.......
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on 16 January 2015
The author claims to use 'well-documented historical facts to explore the evidence that surrounds the days following Jesus’ crucifixion - without assuming “the Bible says so.” Yet this is precisely what it does - assumes that the gospels are factual accounts, that the innumerable inconsistencies and historical errors don't matter, and that authors such as the so-called 'Matthew' and 'Luke', writing half a century after the supposed event, drew on reliable sources and broadly 'got it right'. Whilst purporting to use scientific-historical methods, he manages to assume away the very logical objections he claims to be taking seriously! If you want your faith in the accuracy of these old myths and stories to be confirmed and strengthened, you'll probably like this book - but if you want a dispassionate analysis of how the gospels really came into being, you'll have to look elsewhere. Two stars for effort, but only one for accuracy.
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on 10 March 2016
Very good to have such a brief and concise book on the issue. Craig cites much scholarship but writes so accessibly.
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on 22 November 2014
Did Jesus rise from the dead?

No.
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