The Significance of the Resurrection

Richard Swinburne

in The Resurrection of God Incarnate

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780199257461
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598616 | DOI:
 The Significance of the Resurrection

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If the Resurrection of Jesus occurred, it was a miracle in the sense of a violation of laws of nature brought about by God. Other cultures than those of the modern world, including first‐century Judaism, while not having the concept of a law of nature, had a concept corresponding to the modern concept of miracle as an event that could be brought about only by God. The Resurrection, if it occurred, would be such an event. It would also have been seen as God's signature of acceptance of Jesus’ atoning sacrifice, and his approval of life and teaching; and it was so seen by some New Testament writers.

Keywords: atonement; God; Judaism; laws of nature; miracle; Resurrection; sacrifice

Chapter.  5506 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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