Introduction

The resurrection of Jesus is at the heart of the Christian faith and is a belief every Christian should be able to give a defence for.

The physical resurrection of Jesus has a wide ranging collection of facts supporting it’s historicity. The role of the Christian is to present such evidence in the face of opposition both internally and externally.

There are a range of methods for defending the resurrection like the minimal facts argument (see argument to the right) since it uses data agreed by majority scholars Christian, agnostic and atheist. It is logically airtight and does well against alternative theories for the resurrection. But just because this argument uses data agreed by all scholars, that doesn’t make the Bible untrue, this is an “argument using sceptical data” so we can say to the non-Christian “Even without assuming an inerrant Bible, God raising Jesus from the dead is the best explanation”. For more on the reliability of the Bible, a broader case, see Trustworthiness of the Bible section.

1 There are five essential established Facts about Jesus: 

a. Jesus died by crucifixion

b. The disciples belief in Jesus’ post-mortem appearances 

c. Paul’s belief in seeing the glorified Jesus

d. James’ belief in Jesus’ post-mortem appearances 

e. The empty tomb

2 The hypothesis “God raised Jesus from the dead” is the best explanation of these facts.

3 The hypothesis “God raised Jesus from the dead” entails that God exists

Introductory Videos

Article hub

I’ve written and a structured learning of the minimal facts argument for the resurrection. This will take you through methodology, evidence and the opposing theories and how to deal with them.

Understand why historically, the resurrection is important to the Christian faith.

What are the key facts established evidentially and defended by scholars today?

What have been the responses for those who do not hold to the resurrection theory?

Essential Books

One of the most popular books introducing Christians into apologetics and should be treated as an introduction. This book talks the Bible, Resurrection and the historical Jesus and is a great first read to get you into the field of Apologetics. This gives you a great introduction before moving onto more in-depth books.

Level: Beginner

Probably the best book you could read on the resurrection. This book takes you through the method, evidence and responses to the ‘Minimal Facts’ version of the argument.

Level: Beginner (Recommended)

A great overview book particularly on it’s contents on the Resurrection, New and Old Testament from how Bible manuscripts were made. to thorough defences of it’s reliability. A wonderful companion for the new Christian Apologist, a necessity I would say. This is a great book to have in your library generally.

Level: Beginner (Reference)

NT Wrights massive work on his exploration of the origins of Christianity, looking at other worldviews and proving that Christianity is not based on pagan, nor other belief systems of the early period. This is a brilliant contribution on the resurrection.

Level: Intermediate

Licona’s work in this looks into the weighing of evidence with regards to the resurrection. He investigates the evidence for the resurrection from the best sources and weighs up the multiple hypothesis presented using a new historical method.

Level: Intermediate 

Being a philosopher, Swinburne’s approach to the resurrection focuses first on weighing the evidence, looking at prior and post historical evidence for Jesus and his resurrection before forming a conclusion on how to use the argument. 

Level: Intermediate

Key talks

Dr. William Lane Craig of Reasonable Faith lectures on the topic “Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus”. A solid argument with an extended Q&A covering many of the common objections. A must watch, even if you just watch the Q&A!

Gary Habermas

Habermas, PhD, gives a defence for the resurrection using only widely agreed upon data. The argument is called the Minimal Facts argument.

N.T. Wright

Wright, PhD gives a defence for early Christian origins and the uniqueness of the Christian Resurrection challenging the old comparison to pagan religions.

Tim McGrew

McGrew, PhD applies evidential facts like Habermas and compares them with other hypothesis to see if the resurrection hypothesis is the strongest.

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See more articles in the article section here

What are the proofs for the resurrection of Jesus?

Does the Resurrection Require Extraordinary Evidence?

Was Jesus an Exception to Roman Burial Practices?

On Extra-Biblical Sources for Jesus’ Post-Mortem Appearances

Was Jesus Buried for Three Days?

The Historical Achilles’ Heel of Islam – Do Historians believe Jesus really died on the cross?

What About Pagan Myths of Dying and Rising Gods?

Are There Other Resurrection Myths?

Why Didn’t Jesus Appear to the Rulers of His Time?

The Soul Provides Continuity Between the Physical and Resurrection Body

Did Jesus physically or spiritually rise from the dead?

Given the Evidence for the Resurrection, Why Don’t More Jews Believe?

What About Matthew’s Guard Story?

Is the Resurrection Hypothesis Really As Absurd as the Alien Hypothesis?

How Do the Claims of Christianity Compare to the Claims of Joseph Smith?

What Role Does Evidence Play in the Belief of the Resurrection?

Should We Expect More Extra-Biblical Sources For Jesus?

Is the Oral Tradition Comparable to the Telephone Game?

Are the Facts of the Resurrection an Appeal to Majority?

What Happened to the Disciples That Transformed Them into Avid Witnesses for Christ?

Does Belief In Christ Produce A Historical Bias In Favor of the Resurrection?

Could the Post Resurrection Appearances of Jesus Be Merely Hallucination Experiences?

Do We Regard the Resurrection Narratives In the Gospels As Historically Credible?

What Kind of Evidence Is Historical Evidence?

Do the Resurrection Narratives Hinge Upon Biblical Inerrancy?

Does Mark’s Account of the Resurrection Have Legendary Embellishment?

What is the Role of Evidence in Believing the Resurrection?

Was Jesus’ Postmortem Appearance Hallucinations?

Were Postmortem Appearances of Jesus Hallucinations?

Did Jesus Physically Appear or Was He a Vision

Why Are There Differences in the Resurrection Accounts?

Is It Possible to Evaluate the Resurrection without Believing In God or Miracles?

William Lane Craig Q&A: Was God Dead for Three Days?

Should We Expect More Eyewitness Accounts of the Resurrection?

William Lane Craig Q&A: Where Is the Resurrected Body of Jesus?

What is the Pre-Markan Source and the Resurrection of Jesus?

Who were the 500 Eyewitnesses in First Corinthians 15?

Jesus’ Resurrection and His Deity

What is meant by the Ascension of Jesus? And what is Heaven?

What about one’s presupposition about Jesus’ resurrection?

What is the personal significance of Jesus’ resurrection?

What is the Significance of Jesus’ Resurrection?

What is the Personal Impact for the Resurrection?

Do other New Testament writers confirm the Evangelists?

What Evidence is there for the Empty Tomb of Jesus?

What is the evidence that Jesus appeared alive after His death?

Why did the Christian movement come into being?

Did Early Jews Understand Scriptures to Claim an Empty Tomb?

What did the Jews at the time believe about a physical resurrection?

Did Jesus Die and Was He Buried as Christians Claim?

Did People Really See Jesus After the Resurrection?

How were People Affected Afer Seeing Jesus Resurrected Body?

Did God Raise Jesus from the Dead?

Did Simon Peter Invent the Resurrection?

What Do Scholars Believe About the Resurrection of Jesus?

Is there a Case for the Resurrection of Jesus?

What is the Most Rational Conclusion of a Resurrected Jesus?

28:19 Give and Take: Do the Gospels Describe the Crucifixion With Medical Accuracy?

What is the Role of Evidence in Believing the Resurrection?