Extraordinary Claims and Evidence: A Review of Jonathan Pearce’s Book on the Resurrection (Part 1) – Jonathan McLatchie | Writer, Speaker, Scholar

Since the resurrection is intended, in Christian theology, to function as an authenticating sign, it is highly predicted that Jesus’ resurrection will deviate from the normal course of nature. That the resurrection does, in fact, deviate from the normal course of nature should not be taken as a cause for concern.
— Číst dál jonathanmclatchie.com/extraordinary-claims-and-evidence-a-review-of-jonathan-pearces-book-on-the-resurrection-part-1/

When one calibrates one’s expectations by inspection of other ancient literature, it quickly becomes apparent that the argument from silence is particularly weak. Indeed, there are plenty of other events – even hugely significant ones – that are recorded in only single sources that we nonetheless have good reason to believe happened. To take just one example, Josephus and Philo both omit to mention the expulsion of the Jews from Rome under Claudius, an event that is documented by the second-century historian Suetonius (Life of Claudius 25.4) and by one first century source, as it happens Acts 18:2 from the New Testament. Another example is the destruction of Pompeii and Herculanaeum in the eruption of the volcano, Mount Vesuvius, in A.D. 79, which is written of in no surviving first century source — even though Pliny the Younger gives a detailed account of the eruption itself (his uncle Pliny the Elder was in fact killed in this eruption). We even only have one first century source (Josephus) who mentions the destruction of the temple in A.D. 70 under Titus. 

Does God exist? Did Jesus raise from the dead?


2 questions – if we can show / prove those are true = Christianity is true

this is when you have intellectual objection

not possible when objection is emotional (“If Christianity is true, would you become Christian?”)

Biblical contradictions in light of other ancient sources

when we calibrate our expectations by looking at other sources — even those deemed to be generally trustworthy — we find many discrepancies, often much more grave than those we find in the gospel accounts. Timothy and Lydia McGrew document several examples from ancient literature [4]:
Even a passing acquaintance with the documents that form the basis of secular history reveals that the reports of reliable historians, even of eyewitnesses, always displays selection and emphasis and not infrequently contradict each other outright. Yet this fact does not destroy or even significantly undermine their credibility regarding the main events they report. Almost no two authors agree regarding how many troops Xerxes marshaled for his invasion of Greece; but the invasion and its disastrous outcome are not in doubt. Florus’s account of the number of troops at the battle of Pharsalia differs from Caesar’s own account by 150,000 men; but no one doubts that there was such a battle, or that Caesar won it. According to Josephus, the embassy of the Jews to the Emperor Claudius took place in seed time, while Philo places it in harvest time; but that there was such an embassy is uncontroversial. Examples of this kind can be multiplied almost endlessly.
— Číst dál jonathanmclatchie.com/bayesian-probability-and-the-resurrection-a-reply-to-brian-blais/

Living eyewitness possibility of correction – not realistic expectation & argument

Even today, if one is a living witness to an event that one believes to have been misreported by a newspaper or other media outlet, how easy would it be to correct the misinformation such that one successfully stops its spread and informs everyone of the correct information? Not very. How much more difficult would that be in the ancient world, without the use of modern technology such as the internet?


Feast of first fruits – Sunday after Passover sabbath — Jesus is the first fruit of resurrected (Paul)

but Gospel writers do not point to this – it seems not designed (otherwise they would point to that) – this is apologetic angle of this


Messianic Convergence in the Gospels: A New Way to Frame the Argument from Old Testament Fulfillment – Jonathan McLatchie | Writer, Speaker, ScholarMessianic Convergence in the Gospels: A New Way to Frame the Argument from Old Testament Fulfillment – Jonathan McLatchie | Writer, Speaker, Scholar