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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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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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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I have just ordered this book, but haven't read it yet. Based on the reviews - both the positive and negative ones - and my experience with the author's previous works, though, it looks like it will be a solid piece of work and a good addition to my apologetics bookshelf. Some reviews mentioned that the author uses abusive language, but I'm familiar with his website and I have to say I don't see any problem with his writing style. It's direct and calls out error plainly, without coddling. I can see how some people in today's microaggression-obsessed culture might get offended, but I didn't. And even if I did, that's a separate issue from the accuracy of his writing, and his previous work demonstrates that he knows how to property evaluate and use sources to support his arguments. I teach graduate school-level scholarly research skills for a living, so that's something I pay a lot of attention to. We'll see if that continues in this book; I have no reason to think it won't.

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.
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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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