One would assume that the central tenet of Christianity, that Jesus Christ died and rose again, is something that must be taken by faith and faith alone. What William Craig shows is that is most certainly not the case. There is in fact an abundance of historical evidence that point to the historicity of Jesus’ resurrection, providing a firm factual foundation on which the Christian faith rests. What we know for certain is that the world was turned upside down by a handful of uneducated fishermen, who were followers of Jesus, and something must make sense out of this fact. Craig argues that nothing except Jesus’ resurrection holds explanatory power.
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William Lane Craig, PhD is a Research Professor at Talbot School of Theology and at Houston Baptist University. He earned a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Birmingham, England, before taking a doctorate in theology from the Ludwig Maximilians Universität-München, Germany, at which latter institution he was for two years a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, writing on the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus. He spent seven years at the Katholike Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, before taking his post at Talbot in 1994. He has authored or edited over forty books, including Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus, Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? (with John Dominic Crossan), and Jesus’ Resurrection: Fact or Figment? (with Gerd Lüdemann), as well as nearly 200 articles in professional journals such as New Testament Studies, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Expository Times, and Kerygma und Dogma. His website is www.ReasonableFaith.org.