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Resurrection of God Incarnate

ISBN-10: 0199257469
ISBN-13: 9780199257461
Edition: 2003
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Description: Whether or not Jesus rose bodily from the dead remains perhaps the most critical and contentious issue in Christianity. Until now, argument has centred upon the veracity of explicit New Testament accounts of the events following Jesus's crucifixion,  More...

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Book details

List price: $50.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/20/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Whether or not Jesus rose bodily from the dead remains perhaps the most critical and contentious issue in Christianity. Until now, argument has centred upon the veracity of explicit New Testament accounts of the events following Jesus's crucifixion, often ending in deadlock. In Richard Swinburne's new approach, though, ascertaining the probable truth of the Resurrection requires a much broader approach to the nature of God and to the life and teaching of Jesus. The Resurrection can only have occurred if God intervened in history to raise to life a man dead for thirty six hours. It is therefore crucial not only to weigh the evidence of natural theology for the existence of a God who has some reason so to intervene, but also to discover whether the life and teaching of Jesus show him to be uniquely the kind of person whom God would have raised. Swinburne argues that God has reason to interfere in history by becoming incarnate, and that it is highly improbable that we would find the evidence we do for the life and teaching of Jesus, as well as the evidence from witnesses to his empty tomb and later appearances, if Jesus was not God incarnate and did not rise from the dead. The Resurrection of God Incarnate offers a clear and penetrating new perspective on Christianity's central mystery. It will be of great interest to philosophers, theologians, and all those trying to discover the truth about the Christian religion.

The Resurrection of God Incarnate
The Resurrection of God Incarnate
Preface
Introduction
General Background Evidence
Principles for Weighing Evidence
God's Reasons for Incarnation
The Marks of an Incarnate God
Prior Historical Evidence
The Historical Sources
The Life and Moral Teaching of Jesus
Jesus Implied His Divinity
Jesus Taught His Atonement
Jesus Founded a Church
Posterior Historical Evidence
The Appearances of the Risen Jesus
The Empty Tomb and the Observance of Sunday
Rival Theories of What Happened
The Significance of the Resurrection
Conclusion
The Balance of Probability
Appendix: Formalizing the Argument
Index of Biblical References
Index of Names and Subjects

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