Does the Resurrection Require Extraordinary Evidence?
by Lenny Esposito
I recently was invited to a meeting where several Christians were discussing the existence of God and the reasons they hold to Christianity with a group of atheists and agnostics. Eventually, the point about Jesus’ resurrection was raised. When this issue was brought up, one of the skeptics said, “this is an extraordinary claim and it requires extraordinary evidence.”
Now, I’m not sure how it follows that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. In fact, when you think about it, most extraordinary advances in human knowledge came without extraordinary evidence, but merely the supporting testimony of others who were eyewitnesses to the achievement. When Admiral Peary was the first to cross the North Pole or Sir Edmund Hillary scaled Mt. Everest, these were reported in newspapers all around the globe, but what was the evidence offered?…