Can We Still Believe in the Resurrection?
If Jesus was not raised, how are we to understand this man? If in his own self-understanding his Resurrection was central to his whole identity as Messiah, is there any possibility of reconstructing a Jesus worth worshipping in the absence of such a miracle?
"On the third day he rose from the dead."
Etched in my memory from childhood are those lines from a familiar Easter hymn in evangelical circles, "He Lives": "You ask me how I know he lives? He lives within my heart." In spite of the warmth that such sentiment offers, it hardly fits the bill sketched out by the Apostle Peter: "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have" (1 Pet. 3:15). Many ideas can be, and ...