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The Resurrection of the Messiah$
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Christopher Bryan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199752096

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199752096.001.0001

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What Should We Make of the Witnesses' Claims?

What Should We Make of the Witnesses' Claims?

(p.159) 9 What Should We Make of the Witnesses' Claims?
The Resurrection of the Messiah

Christopher Bryan (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that if one believes in no God or in a God who does not, would not, or could not interfere in the processes of history in any way that might transcend its laws as we normally experience them; if one believes that the death of any individual is, at least as far as this world is concerned, the end of that individual, invariably, inevitably, and without possible exception—then, evidently, it follows that the Christian claim is impossible. If, on the other hand, one believes in a God who might act beyond the laws of history and physicality, at least as we understand those laws and normally experience them—and that is, after all, the God in whom Muslims, Jews, and Christians believe—then the early Christians' claim, which they did indeed frame with remarkable persistence and consistency, is possible.

Keywords:   Christians, Jesus Christ, resurrection, New Testament, death

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