Saturday, October 8, 2016

3. Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?

One of the most basic beliefs of Christianity is this:

(JRD) Jesus rose from the dead.

If claim (JRD) is false (or improbable), then Christianity is false (or improbable).

If claim (JRD) is true (or probable), that would not prove that Christianity is true (or probable), but it would provide support for the truth of Christianity, including providing the basis for a key argument for the central Christian belief that Jesus is God.

Before we investigate the question "Did Jesus rise from the dead?", we need to clarify the meaning of claim (JRD):

What Does the Claim "Jesus rose from the dead." Mean?

We also ought to formulate an approach to investigating this controversial question:

Investigating the Question "Did Jesus rise from the dead?"

An investigation of this question should include both of the following kinds of considerations:

Reasons and Arguments Against the Resurrection of Jesus

After identifying and evaluating the best reasons and arguments for and against (JRD), one needs to synthesize the various pros and cons and arrive at an all-things-considered conclusion:

All Things Considered, What is the Probability of (JRD)?