Chapter

What Should We Make of the Witnesses' Claims?

Christopher Bryan

in The Resurrection of the Messiah

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199752096
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895076 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199752096.003.0010
What Should We Make of the Witnesses' Claims?

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This chapter argues that if one believes in no God or in a God who does not, would not, or could not interfere in the processes of history in any way that might transcend its laws as we normally experience them; if one believes that the death of any individual is, at least as far as this world is concerned, the end of that individual, invariably, inevitably, and without possible exception—then, evidently, it follows that the Christian claim is impossible. If, on the other hand, one believes in a God who might act beyond the laws of history and physicality, at least as we understand those laws and normally experience them—and that is, after all, the God in whom Muslims, Jews, and Christians believe—then the early Christians' claim, which they did indeed frame with remarkable persistence and consistency, is possible.

Keywords: Christians; Jesus Christ; resurrection; New Testament; death

Chapter.  6376 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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