He is risen! In celebration of this joyous occasion, we’re posting an excerpt from Craig Parton’s chapter in Making the Case for Christianity in which he investigates the facts and evidence surrounding the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Accessible to readers of all levels, Making the Case for Christianity: Responding to Modern Objections introduces specific intellectual objections to the Christian faith and then demonstrates how these objections might rationally be answered.
Following 1 Peter 3:15: “Always [be] prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you,” the book was written to prepare Christians to defend their faith. Topics covered include the existence of God, the Gospels as reliable history, Islam, the resurrection of Christ, the doctrine of salvation, good vs. evil, and atheism.
But What Does the Resurrection Mean?
Critics such as [Dan] Barker still respond, isn’t the resurrection just another miracle (like the “healings” performed by the surgically-enhanced and well-coifed Mr. and Mrs. Televangelist) that can be easily explained in naturalistic terms? Hardly. As the existentialist philosophers and analytical psychologists have been quick to point out, death is the ultimate leveler of us all. We all fear death in some sense, and so the funeral, for instance, becomes an ancient effort to help the surviving community come to grips with the devastation and seeming irrationality of death. In light of such realizations, Carl Gustav Jung and Mircea Eliade, for example, convincingly argue that images associated with death are cross-cultural and indeed are “archetypes” of the collective human unconsciousness.