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Philosophia Christi

Volume 10, Issue 2, 2008

Responding to New Resurrection Challenges

Dale C. Allison, Jr.
Pages 315-335

The Resurrection of Jesus and Rational Apologetics

The apologetical case for the resurrection of Jesus faces at least three difficulties. The first is that the literal resurrection of Jesus from his tomb cannot be the prototype for the eschatological fate of those whose physical bodies no longer exist. The second is that the argument for the historicity of the empty tomb is less certain than often thought. The third is that the resurrection appearances of Jesus are, in several important respects, not so different from reports of apparitions of the dead in general.