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Jesus' Resurrection: Fact or Figment?: A Debate Between William Lane Craig & Gerd Ludemann Paperback – October 24, 2000

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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (October 24, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830815694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830815692
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Copan is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He has written several books, including Creation Out of Nothing: A Biblical, Philosophical and Scientific Exploration, and he has edited several others, including The Rationality of Theism and Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? Formerly he served with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and taught at Trinity International University (Deerfield, Illinois).

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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Some of the writers of the New Testament may not even have been yet born before Jesus died.
Professor Emeritus P. Bagnolo
Dr. Ludemann stresses an a priori commitment to naturalism and therefore argues that even considering resurrection is faulty.
D. McCarthy
These debates are a great way to pick up the main arguments between scholars about the resurrection.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Jason A. Beyer on April 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
Philosopher William Lane Craig has spilled a lot of ink over the topic of the (alleged) resurrection of Jesus. Craig argues that the best explanation for the apparent resurrection of Jesus is that God actually did raise Jesus from the dead. More recently, Craig has taken to defending his ideas in debate with liberal theologians who doubt that Jesus really was resurrected from the dead. This is the second book Paul Copan edits that records such a debate. In the first, *Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?*, Craig's sparring partner is John Dominic Crossan. While the first is a dud (Craig and Crossan largely talk past each other, and Craig repeatedly questions Crossan's rationality), but this second installment is much better. In *Jesus' Resurrection*, Craig and Gerd Ludeman do more to confront each others' positions directly.
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.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bruce H on February 23, 2001
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I quite enjoyed this book; previously I had seen the debate on the Internet. It is useful to re-examine the content again by reading rather than simply listening. One of the main benefits is that you get footnotes for the quotations and citations the speakers use which is valuable information. Proper documentation is essential to a debate such as this.
The Debaters
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.
The Debate
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.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 2001
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Others reviews will be more detailed than this one, but here are some interesting points about this debate. Ludemann is a quick thinker, but seemed to be unprepared for Craig. This suprised me. In the video of the debate you will notice a disturbedness about Ludemann after Craig first speaks. It seemed as though he had never dialoged with a Evangelical in a serious way and he was somewhat suprized by the tightly strategic professonial debating style that Craig is famous for. Ludemann made a big mistake. He was debating against his own mental image of how an Evangelical thinks, instead of Craig. He merely attacks different things about traditional belief instead of wrestling Craig's points. Ludemann seemed to think that attacking a traditional view of the Bible added with a presuppostion of naturalism was enough. Craig was smart. He merely pointed out over and over that Ludemann had not answered his points, and quickly attacked Ludemann's points that actually dealt with the subject of the debate. In the video of the debate Craig is more than polite towards Ludemann's many interuptions (Breaking the debate rules and making Ludemann look like he was mad or something). Forgive me for sounding hard on Ludemann, but his behavior really did make Craig seem more likable and more prepared. One of the most strange moments of the debate was when Ludemann tryed to make a case against the resurrection and therefore the divinity of Jesus by stating that belief in the divinity of Jesus naturally leads to murder(can someone say "extreme?"). Read all the other reviews to get a more hard facts understanding of the debate.
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