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Defending the Resurrection Paperback – August 24, 2010
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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.Read more ›
Also, I have to specifically thank reviewer "skepticdude" for his/her review. I admit I was worried when I saw such a long negative review - what if it exposed serious flaws in the book? But after wading through that reviewer's repeated misunderstandings of historiography, human psychology, and Jewish culture in Biblical times, not to mention the fact that half of the review is a screed about his/her personal grudge against the author, I was reassured.Read more ›
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. Read morePublished 12 months ago by skepticdude
In the interest of being upfront, I am Holding’s ministry partner.
Defending the Resurrection (DTR) is really a different book from other books you will find on the... Read more
J.P. Holding has many good intentions, but his efforts in apologetics are marred by his use of mockery and insult. Read morePublished on February 14, 2012 by Mandude
J.P. Holding, the editor, and the contributing scholars, have done a masterful job in defending the historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Read morePublished on February 19, 2011 by Dr. Clapsaddle