Kresta in the Afternoon – April 22, 2019 – Hour 2

+  The Historical Case for the Resurrection (full hour)

  • Description: The Bodily Resurrection is the most consequential event in history. Countless people over the centuries have given their own lives in defense of this one fact - that the crucified Christ, the Son of God, rose from the dead. Modern society may mock the idea of the Resurrection, but the evidence for it has never been stronger. We talk with Gary Habermas, who has dedicated his life to the study of the Resurrection.
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    • Gary Habermas
      Gary Habermas is a Distinguished Research Professor of Apologetics and Philosophy at Liberty University, where he chairs the Department of Philosophy. He is the author or editor of 37 books, including 18 on the Resurrection, including the Case for the Resurrection of Jesus. Visit
  • + Resources Mentioned Available in Our Store:

    • The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus

      "There is nothing like this on the market. It is interesting, engaging, and crucial material." —Norman Geisler  This is an accessible, comprehensive, and persuasive resource providing detailed evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. It also demonstrates how to share the material clearly, honestly, and definitively. (learn more)

    • Did the Resurrection Happen?: A Conversation with Gary Habermas and Antony Flew

      In 2004 philosopher Antony Flew, one of the world's most prominent atheists, publicly acknowledged that he had become persuaded of the existence of God. Not long before that, in 2003, Flew and Christian philosopher Gary Habermas debated at a Veritas Forum at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Habermas, perhaps the world's leading expert on the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus, made the case for rational belief on the basis of the reliability of the evidence. Flew argued for alternative understandings of the evidence presented. For two-and-a-half decades Flew and Habermas have been in friendly dialogue about the plausibility of the resurrection and the existence of God. This book presents the full content of their third and final debate, as well as transcripts of the Q A session with the audience afterward. Also included are a 2004 conversation between Habermas and Flew shortly after Flew's much-publicized change of position, as well as editor David Baggett's assessment and analysis of the full history of Habermas and Flew's interactions. Here is your opportunity to listen in on a conversation with two of the greatest thinkers of our era about one of the most pivotal events in human history. Follow the evidence wherever it leads. And decide for yourself whether it's believable that a man could rise from the dead. (learn more)

    • The Historical Jesus: Ancient Evidence for the Life of Christ

      Examining archaeological, textual and extra-biblical evidence, the author provides a strong foundation for the existence and deity of Jesus. This study will strengthen your faith, and equip you to present a strong case to seeking unbelievers. "Who do you say that I am?" - Jesus The Historical Jesus examines this mystery, answering the age-old question of Christ's identity... "This is an up-to-date, timely, and scholarly treatment of a crucial dimension of the Christian faith by one of the foremost historical apologists in America today?" -Dr. Norm Geisler, Dean of Southern Evangelical Seminary Veritas Graduate School "The Historical Jesus is a careful, accessible analysis and critique of the various approaches to the historical Jesus. Habermas defends the historical veracity of the orthodox view of Jesus with a detailed set of convincing arguments. I don't know how someone could read this book without concluding that Jesus Christ was who the New Testament proclaimed Him to be." -Dr. J.P. Moreland, Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University "In The Historical Jesus, Habermas has provided us with an impressive critical overview of the historical Jesus that is at once penetratingly insightful and remarkable comprehensive. This work constitutes one of the best comprehensive refutation of the new revisionist views of Jesus to date as well as one of the best historical defenses of the evangelical view that Jesus was, and is, the Son of God. Must read..." -Dr. Gregory A. Boyd, Bethel College, Author of Cynic Sage or Son of God?; Recovering the Real Jesus in an Age of Revisionist Replies; Jesus Under Siege; and Letters From a Skeptic. "Dr. Habermas combines his expertise as a philosopher and New Testament historian to offer a careful analysis of current trends in the study of Jesus...a balanced, biblical argument for the historicity of the New Testament documents and the evidence for the life, ministry, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. This is an excellent text to prepare students and pastors to understand the essential issues in the study of Jesus." - Dr. Michael J. Wilkins, Dean of the Faculty, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University (learn more)

    • The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach

      The question of the historicity of Jesus' resurrection has been repeatedly probed, investigated and debated. And the results have varied widely. Perhaps some now regard this issue as the burned-over district of New Testament scholarship. Could there be any new and promising approach to this problem? Yes, answers Michael Licona. And he convincingly points us to a significant deficiency in approaching this question: our historiographical orientation and practice. So he opens this study with an extensive consideration of historiography and the particular problem of investigating claims of miracles. This alone is a valuable contribution. But then Licona carefully applies his principles and methods to the question of Jesus' resurrection. In addition to determining and working from the most reliable sources and bedrock historical evidence, Licona critically weighs other prominent hypotheses. His own argument is a challenging and closely argued case for the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus, the Christ. Any future approaches to dealing with this "prize puzzle" of New Testament study will need to be routed through The Resurrection of Jesus. (learn more)

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