My guest on the radio program today was Dr. Tim McGrew, Professor of Philosophy at Western Michigan University. He provided five lines of evidence that Jesus is ALIVE:
A Appearances to his followers (1 Cor 15, Mt 28, Lk 24, Jn 20-21, Acts 1, Josephus and others)
L Low status of women in first century Judaism (criterion of embarrassment; Mt 28, Mk 16, Lk 24, Jn 20)
I Immediate proclamation of the resurrection in Jerusalem (Acts 2)
V Voluntary sufferings undergone by the first witnesses (Acts, Josephus, Tacitus and others)
E Empty tomb (Mt 28, Mk 16, Lk 24, Jn 20, 1 Cor 15, and others)
Click on Radio Program at left after Sunday to hear the show. As you listen, you will see that we were not begging the question by saying that Jesus rose from the dead merely because the documents say so. Listen to two previous shows with Dr. McGrew in the archives from July 30, 2011 and August 11, 2011. There he provides some very insightful details external and internal to the New Testament documents that show beyond any reasonable doubt that those documents are historically reliable.
For more from Dr. McGrew, including downloadable PowerPoint Presentations, go here.
Blessings this resurrection Sunday. He is risen!