Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Contending for Easter, Part III - They Sought to Kill Him, But Did They Succeed? (Paul Buller)
Contending for Easter is an 8-day (8-part) series of blog essays/articles published by members of the Canadian Apologetics Coalition. Each article makes a brief case for the truthfulness and historicity of Christian belief in Jesus' bodily resurrection. Tim Barnett's opening article established the centrality and testability of resurrection faith to Christianity. My article yesterday argued for the general historical reliability of the New Testament Gospels, from which we derive our most significant information regarding the post-mortem fate of Jesus. One pre-requisite to our knowledge that Jesus was raised from the dead is our confidence that the sources relating Jesus' resurrection are at least generally reliable. A second pre-requisite to our knowledge that Jesus was raised from the dead is Jesus's death. A living man cannot be resurrected.
Today's article, authored by Calgarian Paul Buller (www.whyjesus.ca), points out that a few scholars doubt or reject Jesus's death by crucifixion. Buller goes on to lay out precisely how and why we can be reasonably certain that Jesus truly died on a Roman cross. [Read the original article on Paul's blog here.)
They Sought to Kill Him, But Did They Succeed? - by Paul Buller