Christian Apologetics and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

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Dr. Simon Greenleaf is often cited in the field of Christian legal apologetics.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is critical to the Christian faith. The Apostle Paul wrote, "if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain" (I Cor:15:14). Traditionally, Christianity has believed in a physical resurrection of Jesus Christ. [1] The Christian apologist Michael Horner of CRU has an excellent resource which offers a defense of the resurrection of Jesus Christ entitled Did Jesus really rise from the dead?. In addition, Dr. Gary Habermas offers an online audio library which defends the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In recent history, Dr. Gary Habermas is considered the foremost Christian apologist for defending the resurrection of Jesus.[2][3][4] [5][6] Dr. Habermas had a debate against the philosopher Antony Flew regarding the resurrection which was chronicled in the work Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? The Resurrection Debate and the debate had a panel of debate judges. J. Hampton Keathley, III , Th.M. in his essay Evidences for the Resurrection wrote: "The decision of the judges were as follows. The panel of philosophers judging content cast four votes for Habermas who argued for the fact of the resurrection, none for Flew, and one draw. The panel of professional debate judges voted three to two, also in favor of Habermas, this time regarding the method of argumentation technique." [7]

In recent history some notable defenders of the resurrection include: William Lane Craig, Ben Witherington, Lee Strobel, Josh McDowell, Edwin M. Yamauchi, N.T. Wright and Michael Horner. [8][9][10][11][12]

Christian legal apologetics

For more information please see: Christian legal apologetics

Legal scholars, legal authorities, and eminent lawyers such as Simon Greenleaf, John Warwick Montgomery, Lord Darling, John Singleton Copley, Hugo Grotius, Lord Caldecote, J. N. D. Anderson, Lionel Luckhoo, and many others have asserted that western legal standards argue for the resurrection of Christ.[13]

See also

References

  1. http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/cri/cri-jrnl/crj0056a.txt
  2. http://www.garyhabermas.com/articles/dialog_rexperience/dialog_rexperiences.htm
  3. http://www.tektonics.org/books/lichabrvw.html
  4. http://faculty.gordon.edu/hu/bi/Ted_Hildebrandt/NTeSources/NTArticles/CTR-NT/Habermas-Resurrection2-CTR.pdf
  5. http://www.garyhabermas.com/articles/crj_explainingaway/crj_explainingaway.htm
  6. http://www.apologetics.com/default.jsp?bodycontent=/articles/historical_apologetics/habermas-nt.html
  7. http://www.bible.org/page.asp?page_id=639
  8. http://www.leaderu.com/offices/billcraig/menus/historical.html
  9. http://www.leaderu.com/everystudent/easter/articles/josh2.html
  10. http://www.leaderu.com/everystudent/easter/articles/yama.html
  11. http://www.ntwrightpage.com/Wright_Early_Traditions.htm
  12. http://powertochange.com/discover/faith/jesusrose1/
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