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The Appeal to History II: The Appeal to History II: Christ and the Church

Brian Hebblethwaite

in In Defence of Christianity

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780199276790
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602993 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019927679X.003.0004
 The Appeal to History II:  The Appeal to History II: Christ and the Church

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The cumulative case for specifically Christian belief now concentrates on the history of Israel and the story of Jesus and its aftermath, including the rise of the Christian Church. Rational assessment of these historical facts depends greatly on the background beliefs already held. Theistic belief leads one to expect revelation. Sympathy towards revelation claims leads one to take seriously the historical evidence for the unique status claimed for Jesus Christ, including the evidence for his Resurrection. The work of David Brown and Richard Swinburne on evidence for the Incarnation is assessed.

Keywords: Christ; Church; Israel; Jesus; revelation; evidence; resurrection; Brown; Swinburne; incarnation

Chapter.  7329 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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