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  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Xulon Press (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609576543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609576547
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Benson Shays on November 23, 2011
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Depending on your perspective, the resurrection is either Christianity's best proof or biggest hindrance. For many Christians it's probably easier to feel (perhaps quietly) that the latter is true and completely ignore the difficult question. And that seems to make sense. After all, a religion based on dead people coming back to life doesn't seem like an easy sell upon first glance.

That being said, JP Holding and his co-authors have put together a book in Defending the Resurrection (DTR) that does a masterful job of, well, defending the resurrection. Though the book is seriously flawed in one way. It's subtitle is absent. It should be called Defending the Resurrection - or, how to set fire to bad arguments, because that's exactly what the book does. Every crank theory about the resurrection that I know of ( the idea that it was copied from the OT or a pagan source, for example) takes a trip through the meat grinder courtesy of this book.

It looks as if the authors dredged through the darkest depths of internet skepticism, cataloged all the critiques of the resurrection and soundly refuted them. The effort is extensive and well documented, meaning that the typical attacks - "your faith is based on a myth about a Jewish zombie!" - just won't do. Anybody seeking to debunk (refute, doubt, deny, whatever) Christianity will have to contend with this sort of work. Admittedly, many of the more fringe theories aren't advanced by credible historians anymore, but you can still find them defended in books and films aimed at the general public. And that's certainly a good enough reason to refute them.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rolo Baez on September 12, 2011
When it comes to defending the resurrection there is usually an unfortunate divide between academia and the average layperson. For the average layperson wanting an in-depth yet graspable treatment of the resurrection that they can understand, the choices are unfortunately very limited and oftentimes of shallow quality. Bridging this divide is just one area where J.P. Holding's new book really shines.
The book not only presents the standard apologetic arguments for the resurrection, but also treats them with a level of depth that leaves more popular level apologetic books simply buried. A fine example is J.P. Holding section on just how offensive and counter-cultural Christianity was in the world of first century Roman Empire. Most apologetic books will mention the cross being shameful, but many will not mention for example the signifigance of women being the first witnesses to the empty tomb among many other things. Overall, J.P. Holding does a fine job of providing material that most books flat out miss.
There are only two caveats for reading this book, though. One is that J.P. Holding's book doesn't really provide a positive case for the resurrection so much as it deals with the great plethora of objections thrown at it. Of course, this is not a bad thing and as Gary Habermas himself says in the introduction, it's one of the things that makes the book particularly useful. Another would be the book's overall depth. This book should not be the first book you read on the resurrection since it's treatment is certainly above what most people are used to reading. Nonetheless, this is a book that deserves a place on everyone's shelf.
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Holding's self-published effort is a waste of time, since he doesn't deal with how apostle Paul impeaches his own credibility.

First, Paul said he would become "as under the Law" to those who are under the law, though recognizing he himself is not under the law, if acting this way would help him spread his gospel. 1st Corinthians 9:20-21. I've asked fundies to explain how Paul could give the appearance to the Jews that he was under the law, while believing himself to be free from the law, and do this without giving a false impression of his beliefs. So far, they cannot answer this (and they also don't in this book), probably because Paul was being a bit more honest than is good for his credibility. If he would pretend to be something he is not when in the company of those under the law, he is of the right mindset to pretend to be something he is not when in the company of Christians. Apparently, Paul's efforts to prove to Christian Jews that he was under the law involve his participating in a cleansing ritual at great expense to himself (Acts 21:17 ff).

Second, the book also doesn't touch the specter of the NT witness to false rumors about apostles circulating within the first-century churches. Notice that Acts 21:21 has the leadership of the Jerusalem church telling Paul that the Jewish church has heard that Paul tells Jews who are outside of Jerusalem to forego circumcising their kids. Was that rumor true or false? If it was false, then apparently the first-century Church believed a lie about Paul so strongly that he could not just deny it verbally when in their company, he had to make a showing with his actions and a sacrifice of money to "prove" that he still kept the law (21:24).
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