Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Easter Resources 2016

For several years now, I've been posting a collection of resources for each Easter season. Here are the previous years' posts:


Here are some representative examples of issues we've addressed:

Reviews Of Debates On Jesus' Resurrection
The Fulfillment Of Easter Prophecies
Evidence For The Empty Tomb
Unusual Agreement Among The Resurrection Accounts
Evidence That Saul Of Tarsus Saw Jesus Risen From The Dead
Why Didn't The Risen Jesus Appear To More And Different People?
Resurrection Evidence Outside The New Testament
Evidence For The Shroud Of Turin
Independent, Converging Lines Of Evidence For Jesus' Resurrection
Matthew 27:52-3
How The Apostles Died
Miracles In The Modern World

Some of our e-books, listed on the sidebar on the right side of the screen, address Easter issues.

We've written a lot about Easter-related subjects since the 2015 post linked above. What's below is a brief description of those posts and a link to each one.

I wrote about how Jesus' fulfillment of Isaiah's Suffering Servant prophecy has a lot of evidential value even if the fulfillment is typological. CNN aired a program about the Shroud of Turin, and I reviewed it. I also responded to Antonio Lombatti's claims about the CNN program and the Shroud. The martyrdom of the apostles often comes up during the Easter season, because of its relevance to the sincerity of the apostles' testimony to the resurrection. I wrote a post about whether the apostle John died as a martyr. Steve Hays linked a post about whether there's development in the accounts of Jesus' passion. I wrote on the unpopularity of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection in the ancient world. There was a debate on Jesus' resurrection on April 7 of 2015, between Calum Miller and R. Greg Cavin, and I reviewed it. I also reviewed a resurrection debate later that year between David Wood and John Loftus. And here's a post about how 1 Corinthians 15 suggests that Paul had a lot of evidence pertaining to the resurrection. Steve linked an article on the date of the crucifixion. He also wrote a post on alleged parallels between Jesus' resurrection appearances and Elvis sightings. I posted about the resurrection passages that portray the risen Jesus as still having his crucifixion wounds. I also wrote about how Acts provides evidence for what the gospels say about the role of women in the events surrounding Jesus' death and resurrection. Steve provided some links responding to Bart Ehrman on the burial of Jesus. And here's a post by Steve on whether having a resurrection body would be superfluous. He also wrote a response to Larry Shapiro on some philosophical objections to Jesus' resurrection. I wrote a post in response to Bart Ehrman, regarding how much the gospels agree with each other, including on Easter issues. I also linked an article by Gary Habermas and Joseph Bergeron on naturalistic psychiatric hypotheses about Jesus' resurrection appearances. In posts here and here, Steve interacted with a skeptic who denied that Paul believed in the traditional Christian view of Jesus' resurrection. He also wrote about how restrained the gospel accounts of the resurrection are. I wrote about the physical nature of Paul's experience with the risen Jesus on the road to Damascus. Steve discussed a potential reason why some of the resurrection witnesses initially didn't recognize the risen Jesus. He also wrote about whether Paul had seen Jesus prior to their encounter on the road to Damascus. Here's something Steve wrote about the consolation the resurrection provides for Christians. And here's a response he wrote to Keith Parsons' skepticism on the resurrection. Steve also wrote about skeptical claims regarding the prior probability of the resurrection. Later, he addressed the plausibility of Matthew's account of guards at Jesus' tomb. He also reviewed a debate between Tim McGrew and Zachary Moore on miracles, including the resurrection. Here's a follow-up to that post. I wrote about the nature of early non-Christian corroboration of the empty tomb.