Was the resurrection of Jesus a fact of history or a figment of hallucination? Was it an event that entailed a raised and transformed body and an empty tomb? Or was it a subjective, visionary experience-a collective delusion? In the view of many, ...
the truth of Christianity hangs on the answer to this question.
Jesus' Resurrection: Fact or Figment? is a lively and provocative debate between Christian philosopher and apologist William Lane Craig and New Testament scholar and atheist Gerd Lüdemann. This published version of a debate originally set at Boston College invites the responses of two additional scholars on either side of the debate. Robert Gundry, a New Testament scholar, and Stephen Davis, a philosopher, argue in support of a historical and actual resurrection, while Michael Goulder and Roy Hoover, both New Testament scholars, offer their support for Gerd Lüdemann's view that the "resurrection" was based on the guilt-induced visionary experience of the disciples. The book concludes with a final response from Gerd Lüdemann and from William Lane Craig.
The Debaters: William Lane Craig is research professor at Talbot School of Theology. He is the author of Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus as well as other books on philosophy and Christian apologetics.
Gerd Lüdemann is professor of New Testament and director of the Institute of Early Christian Studies at the University of Göttingen and a visiting scholar at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of Resurrection of Jesus and many other studies in the New Testament and early Christianity.
Number of pages: 204
Date of publication: 01/12/2000
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