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Volume 1, Issue 1, Spring-Summer 1998

Michael Martin
Pages 63-73
DOI: 10.5840/philo1998116

Why the Resurrection is Initially Improbable

A strong case can be made that the initial probability of the Resurrection is very low even if one accepts the existence of a theistic God. Even sophisticated theists who maintain that God performs miracles believe that these are rare initially improbable events. Consequently, strong evidence is needed to overcome this initial improbability. In the case of the Resurrection there is no plausible theory why this event should have occurred; moreover, even if there is, it is unlikely that it would have happened at the particular time and place it did.

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