A Look at the Insufficient Evidence Objection to the Resurrection of Jesus
by Eric Chabot
There are several approaches to defending the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus. Skeptics have offered a wide range of natural explanations throughout history to explain away the bodily resurrection of Jesus. Human existence is dependent on communication. The abundance of methods to communicate attests to this. Clearly, we rely on phone calls, text messages, email, and other forms of communication daily. It makes sense God would communicate through His creation. Biblical faith rests on knowing what God has allowed to be recorded for us—at the very minimum, knowing the historical truth of Jesus’s resurrection.
Remember, a belief is said to be justified when it is based on a good reason/reasons or has the right grounds or foundation. Christians and Messianic Jews think they are justified in believing Jesus rose from the dead. However, when we examine the following objections to the resurrection of Jesus, there are objections which are called knowledge defeaters. Knowledge defeaters are objections that attempt to undermine the legitimacy of a claim to knowledge on behalf of a belief based on certain grounds. In many cases skeptics try to assert there simply isn’t enough evidence to know Jesus rose from the dead. Thus, they are justified in holding onto their skepticism.
At this juncture, we need to define our terms: proof, evidence, knowledge. Proof or evidence can give us knowledge of things that are highly likely to be true. There are two types of evidence, in fact, that are important for our discussion: direct and circumstantial. Direct evidence is simply unavailable to those of us who are studying historical events in the Bible. We were not present to directly witness the events in the Bible…
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