Why Everyone Must Believe In Christ: Evangelism in a Pluralistic Age
It is only the Resurrection that finally gives us our way into the truth about everything. If Jesus Christ rose from the dead, then everything else he promised will come to pass. That is Paul's argument for the coming judgment. If Christ rose from the dead, then everything else he said is true.
One of the reasons that I find the New Testament accounts so eminently reliable from a subjective point of view is the impression one has of its central figures. Unlike the Zealots, who were interested in politicizing Jesus, or the Pharisees who would have welcomed a rigorous defender of rabbinical ethics, or the Sadducees who were looking for a more liberal moral sage, Jesus was not all that interested in "spirituality" as that word is used today.
The most untutored novice immediately notices in the Gospels a certain ruggedness, a transcendence to be sure, but ...