Evidence for the Resurrection

Richard Swinburne

in The Resurrection

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269854
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600517 | DOI:
 Evidence for the Resurrection

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In assessing what happened on some particular past occasion we have to take into account both detailed historical evidence (memories, testimony, and physical traces) and general background evidence. In the case of the Resurrection, we must take into account the normal detailed historical evidence (e.g. that contained in the NT) and balance it against our background evidence. The latter will include both evidence of what normally happens (e.g. that humans do not rise from death), but also the evidence of natural theology—that there is a God who may be expected on occasion to set aside the laws of nature. An Appendix to this philosophical discussion argues that the widespread early Christian practice of celebrating the Eucharist on Sundays provides strong detailed historical evidence, additional to that normally considered, in favour of the Resurrection.

Keywords: background evidence; Eucharist; historical evidence; memories; natural theology; philosophical discussion; physical traces; Resurrection; Sundays; Swinburne; testimony

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Subjects: Christian Theology

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