HISTORICITY OF THE BODILY RESURRECTION OF JESUS. CANONICITY : We must first prove that the NT documents are historically reliable. In fact the NEW TESTAMENT is the BEST ATTESTED DOCUMENT OF ANCIENT HISTORY. .
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We must first prove that the NT documents are historically reliable. In fact the NEW TESTAMENT is the BEST ATTESTED DOCUMENT OF ANCIENT HISTORY.
The scientist uses the HYPOTHETICO‑DEDUCTIVE MODEL.
In his recent book Justifying Historical Descriptions, C. Behan McCullagh lists the factors which historians typically weigh in testing historical hypothesis:
If the strength and scope of any explanation are great, so that it explains a large number and variety of facts, many more than any other competing explanation, then, advises McCullagh, it is likely to be true.
One final point needs to be made. The goal of historical knowledge is to obtain probability, not mathematical certainty.
This is the situation with all of our inductive knowledge: we accept what has sufficient evidence to render it probable.
Similarly, in a court of law, the verdict is awarded to the case that is made most probable by the evidence. The jury is asked to decide if the accused is guilty‑not beyond all doubt, which is impossible‑but beyond all reasonable doubt. It is exactly the same in history: we should accept the hypothesis that provides the most probable explanation of the evidence.
TWELVE UNDENIABLE KNOWN BEDROCK AUTHENTIC HISTORICAL FACTS CONCERNING THE RESURRECTION EVENTS AND THAT ALL CRITICS AGREE ON:Even Anthony Flew agreed on these 12 facts in his debate with Gary Habermas on the resurrection.
There are a FINITE number of THEORIES, which could account for these facts! A good scientific theory accounts for the facts and there is a perfect fit of theory with facts/data.
The Tomb of Jesus was either
Then it can be explained:
David Hume on Miracles:The classic statement against miracles comes from the 18th century Scottish philosopher David Hume in his book Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding.(The language has been updated slightly.)
A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature; and because a firm and unalterable experience has established these law, the proof against a miracle, from the very nature of the fact, is as complete as any argument from experience can possibly be imagined…