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Jesus' Resurrection: Fact or Figment?: A Debate Between William Lane Craig & Gerd Ludemann Paperback – November 24, 2000
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Ronald K. Tacelli, S.J., is associate professor of philosphy at Boston College and has published articles in the Public Affairs Quarterly and Downside Review.
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Craig bases his belief in the resurrection on what he sees as four incontrovertible facts: (1) Jesus was buried, (2) Jesus' tomb was discovered empty, (3) Some people report having seen Jesus after his death, and (4) Jesus' followers preached the resurrection when they had every reason not to. Craig argues that the best explanation for these facts is that God did indeed raise Jesus from the dead. Ludeman argues instead that Jesus' followers had visions of the risen Jesus for psychological reasons.
Craig certainly comes off better in the debate. Craig is a brilliant debater (even though he tends to blithely appeal to scholarly consensus, and is by no means above declaring his opponents irrational or prejudiced against him), and Ludeman is not. Not surprising--one would expect a philosopher to be a better debater than a historian. Because of this, many will conclude that Craig comes away the victor, as having demonstrated his case.Read more ›
Dr. William Lane Craig
Position: Research professor at Talbot School of Theology
Ph. D - University of Birmingham, England (Philosophy)
Th. D - Universität München (University of Munich), Germany (Theology)
Dr. Craig defends the traditional Christian position that Jesus Christ was physically resurrected on Easter morning.
Dr. Gerd Lüdemann
Position: Professor of New Testament at Georg-August-University, University of Göttingen, Germany
D.Theol. - University of Göttingen
D. Habil. - University of Göttingen
Dr. Lüdemann defends what he calls the "vision" hypothesis in which the disciple's experience Jesus as being risen but not in a veridically objective sense. Note: Dr. Lüdemann is a Fellow of the infamous, (what I would describe as "ultra-liberal") Jesus Seminar.
Dr. Craig begins the debate with five points of agreement with Dr. Lüdemann; one is especially important to highlight here, "the resurrection of Jesus us the central point of the Christian religion." Dr. Craig then proceeds to offer four basic facts which must be explained (and yes, Dr. Craig offers much evidence to prove his major points):
i) Jesus' honourable burial.
ii) The discovery of Jesus' empty tomb on Easter morning.Read more ›
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If you are interested in exploring the pros and cons of Jesus' resurrection, this is the book that encapsulates the arguments on both sides of the issue. Recommended reading. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Billy Powell
Paul Copan (who also edited the book, Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?: A Debate between William Lane Craig and John Dominic Crossan) and Ronald Tacelli said in the... Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by Steven H Propp
The initial half of this book is a transcript of a debate between to qualified scholars...William Lane arguing in favor of the historical evidence for the resurrection and Gerd... Read morePublished on April 11, 2010 by Craig Stephans
For the casual browser who might not have noticed, the publisher of this book is InterVarsity Press, a publisher of evangelical Christian books. Read morePublished on December 14, 2009 by a reader from Alexandria, VA
Apparently the authors of this book were hallucinating when they thought it was worth publishing. Jesus Christ is Lord and is ALIVE!!! Read morePublished on April 9, 2009 by Niche Diva
Craig's four arguments from history would make a persuasive case for the Resurrection. But there are other factors, all amounting to the fact that Luedemann argued at too low a... Read morePublished on February 2, 2009 by Stephen B. Gray
These debates are a great way to pick up the main arguments between scholars about the resurrection. Read morePublished on February 3, 2008 by Jeri
This book contrasts opposing worldviews through the investigation of whether or not Jesus rose from the dead. Dr. Craig represents a worldview that embraces theism while Dr. Read morePublished on September 15, 2006 by D. McCarthy
Though short, this book did justice to many of the areas concerning Jesus' resurrection. Craig's position is the standard evangelical one, while Ludemann has a modern day... Read morePublished on August 9, 2006 by John D. Lentz Jr.