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Proof of the Resurrection

April 5, 2007

Dr. William Lane Craig has done a phenomenal job at explaining the reason for the Resurrection of Jesus and the proof of its authenticity.

As a teaser, here is a portion of what he has written:

“Man,” writes Loren Eisley, “is the Cosmic Orphan.” He is the only creature in the universe who asks, Why? Other animals have instincts to guide them, but man has learned to ask questions. “Who am I?” he asks. “Why am I here? Where am I going?”

Ever since the Enlightenment, when modern man threw off the shackles of religion, he has tried to answer these questions without reference to God. But the answers that came back were not exhilarating, but dark and terrible. “You are an accidental by-product of nature, the result of matter plus time plus chance. There is no reason for your existence. All you face is death. Your life is but a spark in the infinite darkness, a spark that appears, flickers, and dies forever.”

Modern man thought that in divesting himself of God, he had freed himself from all that stifled and repressed him. Instead, he discovered that in killing God, he had also killed himself.

Against this background of the modern predicament, the traditional Christian hope of the resurrection takes on an even greater brightness and significance. It tells man that he is no orphan after all, but the personal image of the Creator God of the universe; nor is his life doomed in death, for through the eschatological resurrection he may live in the presence of God forever.

This is a wonderful hope. But, of course, hope that is not founded in fact is not hope, but mere illusion. Why should the Christian hope of eschatological resurrection appear to modern man as anything more than mere wishful thinking? The answer lies in the Christian conviction that a man has been proleptically raised by God from the dead as the forerunner and exemplar of our own eschatological resurrection. That man was Jesus of Nazareth, and his historical resurrection from the dead constitutes the factual foundation upon which the Christian hope is based.

For the rest of this unique essay, please go here. Happy Resurrection Day this Sunday.

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2 comments

  1. If anybody is interested in listening to a verbatim presentation of this by Dr. Craig it can be downloaded here:

    http://www.veritas.org/3.0_media/topics/42

    I think the background that Dr. Craig positions his argument for the resurrection is great: Life is absurd and hopeless without God, yet God came in the flesh to show us just the opposite. We can have this hope and assurance in spite of a world that says otherwise.

    A fuller treatment by Dr. Craig of life without God is called, “The Absurdity of Life without God” and can be found here (audio):
    http://www.hisdefense.org/OnlineLectures/tabid/136/Default.aspx
    and here (print):
    http://www.bethinking.org/resource.php?ID=129


  2. What a wouderfully complete explanation of the proofs of Christ’s resurrection! I have sent the link to many of my friends. djm



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