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The Case Against Christianity 3: The Resurrection

07/11/2011

Good chapter. Martin lays out his case against the resurrection starting by saying that we need to show that the resurrection is more likely than the event occurring by chance or by naturalistic causes.

A weak point seems to be that he says that even if Jesus was resurrected, we have good reason to believe that science would discover a law or something that would explain how it happened. The fact that the event has never occurred since, and is beyond all current laws shows how implausible Martin’s claim is.

He also lays out factors that affect the reliability of the accounts. There’s consistency, eyewitness firsthand accounts, reliable eyewitnesses, independent testimony, and purpose of the author.

The purposes of almost all writers are evangelical in nature. Bad sign. The resurrection story is inconsistent. Bad sign. No first hand eyewitness accounts exist. Bad sign. We can’t judge the reliability of the eyewitnesses who presumably led to the information. Lastly, there’s no independent confirmation.

Finally, Martin says that even if the resurrection occurred, we have no reason to believe that the Christian God is the cause. Interesting point. I’ve made a similar one in the past.

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